Sunday, August 28, 2016

Head turner: How to be a selfie expert

Hi guys!!!
The term "selfie" didn't even exist back then for us old-timers, but recently, it was selected by the Oxford Dictionary as 2013 Word of the Year!

Some folks may frown at millennials taking numerous selfies as being vain and narcissistic, but new research have shown that a photo taken of yourself and posted in social media can actually help boost confidence levels and are empowering!

Now, with tons of selfies being posted every minute, how do you get noticed and rise above being BASIC?

Here are 7 tips on how to be a SELFIE EXPERT!

1. Know your best angle. Research suggests that the left side of the face is more attractive.

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Ariana Grande is deemed to favor her left side

2. To avoid looking fat with double chin, pull forward your face and slightly tilt it downwards.

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Just like I am doing in this shot. Effort, bes.

3. Choose to take a picture in a place with a nice background and in bright, natural lighting.

4. Keep up with the latest trends and fashions- like filters- it's all the rage now!

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The closest I can be of my dream being Catwoman. Meow.

5. Be fun and wacky! It will get you noticed- but aim to be in a positive way.

6. Be aware of your facial expressions and body language. They say the best accessory is a smile. Be sincere and authentic in your smiles- nothing is worse that a contemptuous, fake smirk.

7. Choose a fantastic quality camera phone that takes clear, detailed pictures, and is also equipped with cutting edge technology and the latest tools to make you a selfie expert!

The Oppo F1s comes with 16 mp front cam, Beautify 4.0, a host of plug-ins and filters, selfie panorama so you don't have to crop away any of your friends, and many more superior features!

Master the art of selfies and you will soon find it is so hard to choose a favorite among your pictures!
Good luck, loves!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Matteo Guidicelli Stars in Sun Life Prosperity Card TVC

Hello po!
Having had a saving account in a bank for more than decade, I am quite acquainted to the fact that it yields a very low interest over time. Yes, it is still a positive- which is good thing compared to a negative- money steadily and slowly grows, but in just slight trickles.

I have thought about investments, having heard about it from well-to-do friends but I am not very confident in meddling with it. It is wise to study first and know the lowdown of the program before engaging your resources in something.

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Investments come with a risk and I always had the notion that I have to put in a HUGE chunk of money, which I thought I am not ready for at this stage.

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Early bird blogger pabebe muna habang wait others

That is why I am glad to have come across the Sun Life Prosperity Card because it enlightened me! The launch was held last August 19, 2016 in B Hotel Quezon City. Imagine, with this card, one can have an investment for as low as Php 5,000!  It even comes in a neat package- a perfect gift for your loved ones!

 Sun Life Prosperity Card because it enlightened me! The launch was held last August 19, 2016 in B Hotel Quezon City.

Starting in 1895, with over a hundred years in the Philippines, Sun Life Financial is a name you can trust.

Sun Life Asset Management Company, Inc.

Sun Life Prosperity Card in detail

An investment card worth Php 5,000 which may be invested in any of the peso-denominated mutual funds managed by Sun Life Asset Management Company, Inc. (SLAMCI) under its Sun Life Prosperity Funds. The first of its kind in the market, it has revolutionized mutual funds investment in the country.

sun life investment philippines

With us that afternoon is one of the country's more sensible and in-demand young celebrities, actor/model/athlete Matteo Guidicelli, who joins the ranks of other Sun Life ambassadors, Charo Santos-Concio, Piolo Pascual and Judy Ann Santos.

matteo guidicelli

They showed his latest TVC (being aired in cable) which  features two Matteos going up against each other and showing opposite tactics! The flashy Matteo tries to impress by bragging his material possessions like a new phone and credit card, while the more conservative Matteo woos her by promising a brighter future together with the help of Sun Life Prosperity Card!

e watch whole vid here- https://www.facebook.com/sunlifeph/videos/1175857175811619/

The message of the commercial is to encourage the Filipinos, especially the youth, to begin their investment journey with the Sun Life Prosperity Card because it is an easy and convenient way to start building one's brighter future.

Mylene Daez-Lopa, Chief Marketing Officer, SLAMCI
Mylene Daez-Lopa, Chief Marketing Officer, SLAMCI

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It is therefore a smart move to invest in mutual funds or invest in long term, instead of buying trendy items that are soon replaceable by the new fad, or leaving it all stored in a bank (guilty!) Imagine the sheer satisfaction of watching your money work hard for you!

Comparison (same period of 10 years ago):

Bank 91-day time deposit would have given a return of a mere 28%
VS
Sun Life Prosperity Bond Fund grew by 66%,
Sun Life Prosperity Balanced Fund would have earned 155%
Sun Life Prosperity Philippine Equity Fund gained a whopping 221%

Question and answer portion with L-R: Valerie N. Pama, President, SLAMCI, Matteo, Maria Charina Fuentes, Head, Strategic Development and Training, SLAMCI and the day's host.
Question and answer portion with L-R: Valerie N. Pama, President, SLAMCI, Matteo, Maria Charina Fuentes, Head, Strategic Development and Training, SLAMCI and the day's host.

With realistic and honest advice, Ms. Fuentes says to set aside money "na pwede mong kalimutan".

Meaning, not your entire life savings, but just a disposable amount, after all there is risk involved, but it is merely there are times of high's and low's in the stock market, the periods best for putting in and taking out money. A financial advisor can explain it better than me!

sun life prosperity card

Yes, only FIVE THOUSAND bes! Afford na yan and investor ka na with the Sun Life Prosperity Card! Take note, kung mahilig ka sa mga sosyal na kape, ilang frappes lang isakripisyo mo para sa ekonomiya! Pak ganern!

To learn more about Sun Life Prosperity Card and how you can start investing in a bright future, please visit www.sunlifeprosperity.com.ph or check out their FB, IG and Twitter @ sunlifeph  #money4life #sunlifeprosperity
TY for having us Sun Life!

To learn more about Sun Life Prosperity Card and how you can start investing in a bright future, please visit
www.sunlifeprosperity.com.ph or check out their FB, IG and Twitter @ sunlifeph
 #money4life #sunlifeprosperity

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Sun Cellular Wi-Fi Review

Hello po!
Here is a review of Sun Broadband. We have this for about a year. I do not use it often, only when I go out of the house. And I don't watch a lot of videos or do uploading/ downloading using this, just mostly browsing.

Price: One time payment of Php 450 for the modem, plus subscription fee of Php 450 monthly.
We also have Sun Cellular Postpaid simcard subscriptions (principal and supplementary). Bundle n i2 at naka-lock in period...

Made in China by ZTE

sun broadband review

Likes:
More affordable compared to other service providers.

Dislikes:
Inconsistent. At times with signal, sometimes none. At times can connect, sometimes cannot. At times moderate speed, sometimes super slow then downright hangs.
Slow. Our PLDT Wi-Fi (with router) at home is way better than this.
Unreliable. This has caused me aggression (nakaka-high blood) and frustration!

Well, thats about it! My honest opinion as a paying client! I don't know how it fares with sponsored tech bloggers!

Did I mention we are just located in the city (Caloocan) and not in a far-flung barrio, yet I am encountering inconvenience with this Wi-Fi and also Sun sim. I do not know how many important texts or calls I missed because of its weak and fluctuating signal (bigla na lang nag-roroaming minsan).

Will I extend my subscription to Sun Internet Broadband, and do I recommend it to others?
No, and absolutely not unless I want them hassled.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Whipped Salon: Caramel Scrubbin' & Waxing Review!

Hello po!
I have been to different waxing salons and spas. With regards to the look and feel, there are some salons that seem sterile or clinical, while others exude being plain or simple with just a little touch of decoration here and there.

While there is nothing really wrong with that, every once in a while, when I go to salons that has a girly, yummy and fun vibe, I am so stunned! It makes me appreciate and enjoy the stay all the more.

Whipped Sugar Wax and Body Scrub Salon

Now when you want this young and pretty style, visit Whipped Salon! I got the sugaring and caramel scrubbin' treatment and let me tell you, it is just heavenly!

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Whipped Fairview Terraces has opened to the public last November 2015. They moved here in the mall from another area in Fairview.

whipped salon design

Cupcakes, mmm.... Sweet and yummy to the eyes of this beauty blogger...

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There are 3 rooms plus 1 shower room.

whipped salon philippines

I availed caramel scrubbing and waxing and this is the room where the magic happened-

whipped salon room

Scrubbing-
The attendant sprayed water, applied tangerine scented creamy scrub, massaged sugar then finally wiped off with warm towel.

ingredients sugar waxing and scrub
Ingredients to the au naturel way to getting smoother and hair-free skin

I had experienced body scrub in another spa in Caloocan, but the girl applied pressure so strongly that it got quite uncomfortable, bordering on pain. No such thing here in Whipped! With just the right pressure applied by the attendant, it just felt so good! Such a relaxing effect, like I am in a spa. I never thought I would enjoy it!

caramel scrubbing
De-stressing half leg scrubbin'

It is really recommended to scrub first before waxing so that the skin and hair will be softer and easier to remove, and for the ingrown hair to come out from under the skin and be gone too.

Sugar waxing-

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The hair in the pits were removed using natural sugaring and the remaining hair that were too short was tweezed off.

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Hair-free, white and smooth underarms after caramel scrubbing and sugar waxing

This is relatively painless, hindi mahapdi, just the usual gulat after hair is ripped from the roots. Looking back, I noted that it took the longest time before hair re-appeared, more than 2 weeks!

The attendant advised me against wetting the area within 6 to 8 hours.
She also relayed that regrowth time may take around 3 to 4 weeks.

whipped salon branches

Likes:
  • Free Wi-Fi and magazines to browse
  • Pipe in pop music
  • Organic ingredients in the wax/ scrub treatments
  • Hygienic, gloves/ gas mask are used and towels are clean
  • Service- Polite and courteous staff
  • Look- Sweet ambiance and colorful and cute decoration
  • Feel- Relaxing and pampering
Some informative pics on benefits and do's and dont's of scrubbing and sugar waxing were splashed on the wall.

Benefits of Sugar Scrubbing:

Benefits of Sugar Scrubbing:

Benefits of Sugar Waxing:

Benefits of Sugar Waxing:

Do's and Dont's of Sugar Scrubbing:

Do's and Dont's of Sugar Scrubbing

Do's and Dont's of Sugar Waxing:

Do's and Dont's of Sugar Waxing

There was a 10% discount during my visit, feel free to inquire for existing promos- 09172405330, whippedphilippines@gmail.com, Whipped FB and Whipped IG

Whipped Sugar Wax and Body Scrub Salon Pricelist
Whipped Sugar Wax and Body Scrub Salon Pricelist

What are y'all waiting for? Come and experience a pleasant beautification at the fabulous Whipped Salon!
Whipped Philippines Branches- 3/F Ayala Fairview Terraces, Quezon City; 2/F Eight Forbes Town Center, BGC, Taguig; and opening soon in Avida Southpark.

Join #pisceanrat3rdanniv Giveaway!

Hello Po!!!!!
Here is the latest giveaway for pisceanrat blog's 3rd Anniversary!
This is open to followers/ likers on pisceanrat SNS.

To join, all one has to do is share/ repost and comment done! Of course, I don't want to give a super hard time to contest participants!
FB https://www.facebook.com/pisceanrat/photos/a.415138485256188.1073741828.413874005382636/773574932745873/?type=3&theater
and/or
IG https://www.instagram.com/p/BIor3hBgRSk/?taken-by=pisceanrat
Either FB/ IG sharing is okay, do both for better chance!

Prize:
2k+ GCs from Skin Perfection, Victoria Court, slingbag from 5Star, Shawill powder, Caronia polish, Chemworld sanitizer, Blushing Beauty lip balm, Happy Fresh USB, sachets from Jergens, Pond's, Bremod, Beauty Lane nails separator and ATC Coenzyme Q10.

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Entries can be sent 'til August 18, 2016 and announcement will be soon afterwards.
Winner will be chosen RANDOMLY from the FB and IG entries!

Important:
Prizes can be claimed thru:
1. Meet up with blogger in Caloocan/ QC/ Manila area.
2. Delivery is allowed but winner must shoulder the shipping fee. (Please understand that as much as I want to send it for free, I am not earning with blogging, and I'm just sharing these stuff).
3. Prize unclaimed 15 days after notification shall be forfeited in favor of a new winner.

Did you share in BOTH IG and FB? You may comment the link below!
Remember, all in the spirit of FUN!!! Good luck, dearies! :)

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First of all, thank you sooo much to each and every one who joined! There were lots of entries and I had to check them one by one. I combined all the entries from Facebook and Instagram. There was one lucky winner generated at random.

Please don't be sad if your entry was not picked for we have lots more to come. In fact our next contest will be in partnership with an International brand!!! Please stay tuned! :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Charis Welcome Box

Hello po!

I am still amazed how someone like me, silly ol' lil' me, had gotten the good tidings of landing Korean items. If by chance you have read my past posts (if not, you can search for the keyword Korea), you'd know I had gotten a few parcels all the way from the famous land of K-Pop, K-Beauty, K-Drama, K-Food (just gotta include my fave yummy glazed chicken and kimchi)!

Without further ado, here are the contents of my mysterious black Charis box! Unboxing video HERE

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As the box is shipped from South Korea, the deliveryman charged Php 112 as customs tax.

Dr. Flora Floral Lotion White-
Of the package, this is the first one I have tried, and so far I am loving it!

Dr. Flora Floral Lotion White
WHITE NEROLLI FLORAL WATER LOTION
Organic nerolli flower extract is known for renewing and balancing the skin, brightening the complexion and refining the skin texture.

I have been using it day and night. I feel like it has improved the softness, luminosity and clarity of my skin.

dr. flora white nerolli review

I cannot quite put a finger to what kind of scent it possesses, but it smells like food- I am imagining yummy soup! This is not surprising as Dr. Flora describes their ingredient thus- "We only use top quality, organic floral water that is even safe to eat."

I used this product immediately, as soon as I read the description that the expiration is after 6 months (8 months if kept refrigerated).

According to the website-
"...I wanted my family to be free from harmful chemical substances. Soon, I wanted to share the resulting product, “3month”, to other families, too. Even now, I create fresh and reliable cosmetic products whilst thinking of every customer as a part of my family..."

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L: A pump of Dr. Flora. R: After massaging unto skin. Non-greasy and absorbs quickly.

The fast best before date is due to the fact that it is organic!
Dr. Flora products do not contain any artificial coloring nor fragrance.
They do not use any harmful or hazardous chemical substances to make cosmetic products with no skin irritation.

INSbyN Deep Aqua System Mask BX

INSbyN Deep Aqua System Mask BX

Bio-Celtox Upgrade. Moisturizing, hydrating, brightening, lifting, pore care, calming.

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Klavuu sachet samples

klavuu Pure Pearlsation Revitalizing Facial Cleansing Form, White Pearlsation Special Divine Pearl Serum, White Pearlsation Enriched Divine Pearl Cream.

Pure Pearlsation Revitalizing Facial Cleansing Form, White Pearlsation Special Divine Pearl Serum, White Pearlsation Enriched Divine Pearl Cream.

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Missha The Style 3D Mascara (I also have the 4D mascara, I think the difference lies in the shape of the top of the wand).


Daiso Blending Puff-
This is the only one manufactured in China, all the others that arrived are Korean-made.

daiso blending puff

Unboxings are always a delightful surprise!
Please check out www.hicharis.net/pisceanrat
Thanks for reading!

The Problem With NEW Makeup!!!

There is nothing quite like the euphoria of obtaining new makeup; the beautiful packaging, the rainbow colors, the prospect of playing with it. A long time ago, I had a dream of being in an isolated makeup and fragrance department store. My heart was beating fast and I didn't know which one to try first...

Now, quite a challenge for me, every time I lay my paws on new cosmetics, is using it for the first time. Knowing that once I open it, my brush/ sponge is dabbed on it, or I have it swiped on my skin, its appearance will change.

beauty bloggers, Happy Skin Eye Am Here to Stay 24H Gel Eyeliners in L-R: Butterscotch, Watermelon, Plum and Cotton Candy (1g, Made in Korea).
Happy Skin Eye Am Here to Stay 24H Gel Eyeliners in L-R: Butterscotch, Watermelon, Plum and Cotton Candy (1g, Made in Korea).

There will always be a smudge or line of demarcation and its freshness will never return. Like a broken crystal, it can never be the same again.

beauty blogger philippines, Pink Sugar HD/ Creamy Matte Lipstick (smells so yummy) in L-R: Catfight, Fancy, Diva (3.4g, Made in Taiwan).
Pink Sugar HD/ Creamy Matte Lipstick (smells so yummy) in L-R: Catfight, Fancy, Diva (3.4g, Made in Taiwan).

Shared here in the blog are some of the unused makeup that I have. Thank goodness for photos. The 'virginal' charm can be immortalized- it can be viewed again and again. But there is one thing that cannot be captured for so intangible it is- the giddy feeling, the empowerment and confidence that using makeup brings.

beauty blog philippines, NYX Butter Lipstick in L-R: Sweet Shock, Thunderstorm, Moonlit Night (4.5g, Made in Taiwan).
NYX Butter Lipstick in L-R: Sweet Shock, Thunderstorm, Moonlit Night (4.5g, Made in Taiwan).

Please do not get me wrong- I am perfectly fine in leaving the house without makeup (I go out bare faced most of the time), but there is something therapeutic in applying makeup to the face. Perhaps it is the frustrated artist in me, delighting in painting a canvass according to my will.