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Friday, February 23, 2018

Nivea Soft Hailed Better Than Expensive Competitors By BBC!


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Gasp!!! I'm shookt!

Who knew? The very affordable Nivea Soft Cream was hailed to be even better than its expensive counterparts as a moisturizer! BBC's 'The Truth About Looking Good" did a test on which moisturizers worked best, by measuring which one actually lifted up the moisture levels the most of a test group. 


Nivea's Soft Cream was pitted against Clinique's Dramatically Different moisturizing lotion and Embryolisse's Lait-Crème Concentré. Participants were split into three groups and were asked to apply moisturizer on one half of their faces for three weeks. The participants were not told about the brands of moisturizers they used, and were just sent home with plain containers, with the creams concealed as cream A, B, and C. When they came back and had their moisturized sides measured, Nivea emerged as the true winner! In terms of injecting water to the skin, only Nivea and Clinique managed to do so. The two also managed to change how the skin felt like. To everyone's shock, the most expensive one, Embryolisse, came in last in this test!

Y'all can check out the findings in this video!


And now, what spelled the difference? Humectants. Humectants are the ingredients that hold onto water in our skin. One of the most common ones, of course, is glycerin. The more glycerin there is in a product, the more hydrating it will turn out to be. Instead of being distracted by price tags, consumers can get better value for money by seeing the rank of glycerin in the ingredients list.

Surprisingly, none of the three products tested improved skin health, or the overall barrier of the skin against dryness and irritation. This finding, to me, just shows that skincare should really be done on a daily basis because your skin only benefits when you constantly nourish it with the right ingredients. I like to personally tell people that skincare works a lot like how vitamin supplements do. The moment you stop taking vitamins, you stop benefiting from them. We all know that we cannot drink one whole bottle of vitamin capsules in one day because our body will end up expelling the excess within days (or a day), and that once we expel it, we need to take it again to be nourished again.

So to sum it all up, wow, just wow! Who knew the best moisturizer was this affordable? Nivea Soft Cream only costs Php251 for a generous 200mL tub that will last the consumer several months.

And, I also learned the difference between Nivea Creme and Nivea Soft Cream! Turns out, Nivea Creme, the one in the tin cans, is a water-in-oil emulsion. What this means is that they embedded water droplets in oil, such that your skin is nourished first by the oil, then hydrated by the water. Nivea Soft Cream, on the other hand, is an oil-in-water emulsion. What this means is that there are oil droplets in water, such that your skin immediately is able to absorb the product through the lightweight water phase, and gets nourished later on by the oil content. What a discovery for me!


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Monday, February 19, 2018

Life News: WATCH THE SURPRISE WEDDING OF THE YEAR


Manila, PhilippinesFor many couples, nothing can be more inspiring than to plan for that special day. Equally, nothing can be more heart-breaking than continuing to face challenges to keep those dreams beyond reach. In a heart-warming video released on February 14, HSBC makes a dream come true for an extraordinary couple who triumphed and overcame all odds to walk down the aisle.

Moises and Shara’s story is one of great perseverance and faith. The couple had been together for seven years, and as with any other, nothing could be more exciting than the prospect of finally being able to tie the knot. Throughout the years, the couple attempted to plan their wedding multiple times, but what with Shara’s growing financial responsibilities with her family and Moises needing to resign from his job due to an accident, the special day always remained elusive. 

Despite all this, the couple persevered and finally set their wedding to happen on December 2017. Before joy could fully settle in, the couple faced yet another set-back: Shara was diagnosed with a tumor in her neck. Most of the couple’s resources were pooled together to begin Shara’s treatment and yet again, their special day seemed beyond grasp.

Committed to helping people succeed and see their dreams come to life, HSBC made the dream wedding of Moises and Shara possible, and on February 3, the couple finally became Mr. and Mrs. Santos. “At HSBC, our ultimate goal is to empower people like Moises and Shara to realize their ambitions and dreams. We are driven by our long-term commitment to seeing people prosper despite any of life’s challenges and our promise is to always be there to help our customers succeed. It was our privilege to be able to help a couple that had such an inspiring story, and to continue building relationships with our customers and seeing them thrive,” shares Kris Werner, SVP and Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management for HSBC.

Watch how HSBC has turned this couple’s dream wedding into reality and empowers people to thrive above life’s challenges, visit: https://www.facebook.com/HSBCPhilippines.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Life News: Canon's Pixma G Series Is Here!


Manila, Philippines – With more than 50% of the Philippine population gaining internet access, the country no doubt has become a digital nation with technology completely transforming even the way people start and operate their businesses. It has become simpler for creative and business savvy individuals to pursue their goals and passions and anyone – from work-at-home parents, to students, start-up entrepreneurs, up to hobbyists – can now easily turn their passions and ambitions into business opportunities with the newest Canon PIXMA G Series printers.

“With Filipinos becoming more influenced and looking into turning their hobbies into potential lucrative business opportunities, Canon aims to provide their needs with the expertise, right tools, and technology to help them succeed. We aim to make starting businesses more delightful for anyone, building their dream ventures from simple passion projects and creative ideas with a companion they can truly trust.” shares Benny Yu, CMPI Head of Consumer Imaging and Information Division.

There are many ways by which the Canon PIXMA G Series printers can help creative individuals start their own business. It is the entrepreneur’s best bet to address business’ printing needs with its unique design, printing quality, hardware durability, versatility, and boasting of high-volume production printing at low cost per print with inks available at P295 per bottle, which can yield 7,000 colored prints and 6,000 black & white prints. It also champions convenience perfect for students, moms or hobbyists with its built-in Wi-Fi features that can help print from anywhere, coupled with borderless photo printing, PosterArtist Lite app, and Creative Park access to help create anyone’s own arts and crafts to turned into sellable merchandise.

During the fun-filled Canon BLISS: Borderless, Limitless in Service Satisfaction PIXMA Carnival launch event, the digital imaging brand unleashed and showcased the G Series Printers’ three unique specialty features -- borderless printing and creative features, value for money, and a hassle free-warranty with improved after sales services. 

Atop its quality and built-in features, users can also enjoy 2 years of confident printing and additional confidence boost with the top up option for warranty extension – no need for printing capacity to avail of warranty. With 12,000 black prints extra mileage (free ink catridges), free pick-up and delivery for repairs within Metro Manila up to 3 months within purchase, users can be free of worries and hassles making their start-up business work flow and operations more efficient.

For more information about the new PIXMA G-Series Printers, visit www.canon.com.ph.

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Thursday, February 08, 2018

Life News: Check Out Ballet Manila's “Ballet & Ballads”!


A tradition in almost all of Ballet Manila’s performance seasons, Ballet & Ballads, once again returns to the stage to bring music and lyrics to life. And in an effort to bring ballet to the people and the people to the ballet, the country’s premier classical dance company plans to close its current season with a star-studded affair.

Ballet Manila CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde muses about the latest installment, “It combines a singer with ballet numbers—an interesting concept that we’ve been experimenting with for quite some time now. It’s an entertaining way to enjoy ballet, especially for first-time audiences.”
Heartthrob crooner Christian Bautista is set to lead the roster of singers as a guest performer. He’ll sing some of his greatest theater hits, as well as songs from his latest album.

Joining Christian are artists from the Klassikal Musical Foundation (KMF) such as Andrew Fernando (Baritone), Jade Riccio (Soprano), Stephanie Aguilar (Soprano), Krisann Manikan Tan (Mezzo Soprano), Leo Angelo Lanuza (Tenor), and with the special participation of Dr. George T. Yang (Tenor). This marks the first-ever creative partnership between the country’s premier classical dance company and KMF.

The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, no less, will serenade the audience during the entire night. The acclaimed group has also prepared a very special Teleserye suitefeaturing a selection of classic hits from the ABS-CBN primetime repertoire. The show will surely trigger some nostalgia, especially among fans of Filipino pop culture.

Ballet & Ballads will also mark the world premiere of Martin Lawrance’s Aria, which will feature five acts covering classical operas. The British choreographer previously partnered with Ballet Manila for the highly acclaimed Rebel and Amid Shadows. Lisa shares, “He really is a genius when it comes to weaving a ballet together and exploring movement with different kinds of music. The idea was first to combine musical theater and ballet. But when he proposed the classical arias instead, I told him to go for it!”

With such a powerhouse lineup for Ballet & Ballads, the audience is set for pure enjoyment when the curtains go up in Aliw Theater. As the Prima Ballerina sums it up best, “Dancing creates a visual representation of music, and when that music is played live by the ABS-CBN Philharmonic and sung by Christian Bautista and the KMF classical singers, it complements Ballet Manila’s mastery of the Vaganova technique. It is really a concert like no other.”

Show Schedules
The newest installment of “Ballet & Ballads” will premiere on February 10, 2018 at 6:00PM at the Aliw Theater. There will be three other shows: February 11, (3:00PM), February 17 (6:00PM), and February 18 (3:00PM).
For more information about the shows, including ticket prices and schedules, you may visit www.balletmanila.com.ph or follow Ballet Manila on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Tickets are also available through all TicketWorld outlets. Please call 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph for more information. In addition, those who are planning to watch all the shows may take advantage of the company’s Season Subscription Programs, which offer up to 50% discount on ticket prices. For more information, you may visit www.ticketworld.com.ph/balletmanila/Online and click on ‘View Details’ under ‘Season Subscription Program’. 
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