Baby Foot

 

 

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Our site partners at Beauty Box Corporation sent me some samples of Baby Foot, Japan’s revolutionary foot peeling kit. As the name suggests, it promises to leave your feet as smooth and soft as a baby’s. It has a unique formula of 17 types of natural extract that will allow your feet to exfoliate naturally, leaving them moisturized. I was curious. But before trying it out, I needed to read up on it. In the brand’s main website and Instagram, I saw photos of feet peeling. I nearly lost my appetite. Haha.

So I read up some more. Baby Foot contains natural extracts like Apple, Orange, Lemon and Grapefruit citrus oils, Calendula, Clematis leaf and Chamomile. These have high moisturizing power and astringency, leaving the sole smooth after peeling dead skin layers. The main ingredient of Baby Foot is Fruit Acid or Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) which has been used as a remedy for the elimination of bacteria, inflammation and psoriasis for several hundreds of years. These days, it is commonly formulated for facial cleansing and peeling to support the texture of the skin by removing the dead skin layers and beautifying and improving the skin. (Source.)

The product doesn’t work instantly. You basically have to soak your feet in wet socks loaded with peeling extracts for 30 minutes. Then you can start seeing your dead skin peel off from three to seven days. The peeling process takes up to 2 weeks. If you want to see foot peeling photos, go here.

Baby Foot has won numerous awards from beauty authorities around the world. It was recently featured and reviewed in Vogue, Today, and Refinery 29, all giving this product rave reviews.

 

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Baby Foot comes in Medium and Large size. I used Medium (size 7.5) which retails for P830 in Beauty Bar. Each box comes with a vacuum sealed foil pack containing two plastic socks soaked with peeling formula. Instructions are mostly in Japanese, but the local distributor provides English translations.

 

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The foil pack lists the ingredients.

 

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Here is the plastic sock. It is sealed, so you must cut off the top end with a pair of scissors.

 

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You must have clean feet. And it is advised that you pre-soak your feet in water for about 10 minutes. Or take a bath or shower before you do the treatment. Your feet will absorb the formula easier if it’s pre-soaked.

 

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The gel is a bit cold. They recommend that you wear socks over it to keep the gel pack in place. If you really must walk from A to B, please do so with caution as the gel pack is slippery. I didn’t move.

 

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I kept it on for 30 minutes. Then I rinsed it off completely. My feet were a bit tingly the rest of the day. But no visible peeling happened, as expected. The peeling took place 5 days later.

 

In the interest of protecting my future career and endorsements, I am not posting photos of my own peeling feet. Haha. Please. But it did happen gently. Mine was like a powdery peel. You will see in the website of Baby Foot that peeling occurs in different ways. Some dead skin really peel off in one whole chunk. You must avoid the temptation of peeling the skin yourself. Just wait patiently for the skin to fall off.

What happens after you use Baby Foot is exactly what the product claims. You will have the softest and smoothest feet – with all new skin. This sensation lasts for about three months. You must take care of your feet by putting moisturizer after. This beats any tough sloughing process using metal shavers of pumice stones.

 

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This is not my foot. Photo is from Baby Foot Philippines’ files.

 

For more information, check out Baby Foot Philippines on Facebook and Instagram. Baby Foot is available exclusively at Beauty Bar.

Uniqlo comfort beauty

 

 

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A couple of months ago, I stocked up on some new dresses and separates from our sponsor, Uniqlo. I have been editing down my closet because what I needed 10 years ago isn’t what I need now. I pretty much live in basic clothes every day except if I have a function to attend. I was pleased to find some finer fabrics for work clothes this season.

In addition to the new wardrobe, I stocked up on some new inner wear. Uniqlo’s Comfort Beauty line has become a staple in my closet. The bras are so well-made and comfortable. Big plus that they are wireless, yet they offer good support. And I especially appreciate the skin-tone because it gives a good foundation to whatever clothing you put on.

It took a while for me to put this blog post up because I didn’t do a conceptualized photoshoot. Instead I documented my everyday life wearing some of the Uniqlo pieces that I got. Needless to say, in all of them, I am wearing Uniqlo’s Comfort Beauty undergarments.

 

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One of their best dresses this season (01). It comes with a separate camisole. Made of light rayon, it is so comfortable for our climate. This was taken at the lobby of the Raffles Makati.

 

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It’s that same black dress (01) that I love so much, I’ve been wearing it often. This was at the reception area of Flame in Discovery Primea.

 

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Daily life – messy hair, no make up, a loose dress (11) and Birkenstocks. This dress is so flexible you can wear it dressy or like me, for every day errands.

 

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At a Happy Skin event, wearing that black shift dress (04).

 

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These are Comfort Beauty bras that form the foundation of a good wardrobe.

 

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I also love this blush pink pleated dress (06). It’s similar to the long sleeve black dress. I wore this at a Lego event that UNICEF supported.

 

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Wore this (06) quite often. Here with best-selling author Anna Todd (who has over 1 billion reads in Wattpad) at the National Book Store writer’s fair.

 

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And in a corner of my home, wearing a comfy dress with built in bra pads (05).

 

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My favourite uniform – the white shirt (10). This was the day I got my hair cut by Alex Carbonell in Studio Fix Greenbelt 5.

 

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With my friend, Divine Gil-Reyes, who just wrote an entertaining and attractive history book, A Lolong Time Ago. My blue shirt (13) is from Uniqlo.

 

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This white eyelet dress is so comfy. It comes with a detachable camisole. Im thinking of getting it in black too. This was at Rockwell cinema.

 

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This photo was sent to me by reader, Jill Ramirez. I was running an errand and she introduced herself. Lovely to meet you, Jill. So about my blush cotton top (09), it’s so comfy and chic I can live in it daily.

 

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This is the reason Comfort Beauty bras are so, well…. comfy.

 

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And this is how Uniqlo works with built-in bras in their tops and dresses.

 

 

Flame at Discovery Primea

 

 

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US Black Angus Rib Eye Steak at Flame, Discovery Primea

 

One rainy Friday night, Patrick and I had a rare date at Flame in Discovery Primea. FLAME is Discovery Primea’s modern European restaurant on the 16th floor of the hotel. An interesting space, FLAME is the newest creation under the partnership of General Manager David Pardo de Ayala and Executive Chef Luis Chikiamco.

“Modern European cuisine is about cooking techniques, ingredients and flavor associations, rather than hard and fast rules. It is a style of cooking that experiments with ideas and influences from many different countries, reflecting the global palate of today’s diners. Restaurant FLAME balances familiarity and originality, comfort with surprise, local with global,” says GM Ayala.

 

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This “living chandelier” at the entrance of the restaurant is stunning.

 

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I love these air plants!

 

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The interior was conceptualized by Design Worldwide Partnership. There is an expansive marble-top open kitchen surrounds the entire restaurant.

 

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We had the US Angus Rib Eye steak. It warns you that it’s good enough for two. But in my world, it’s actually good enough for 4! It was excellent.

 

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Patrick also had the “Take Out” Lobster Fried Rice – with pork, citrus jasmine rice, egg, and lobster remoulade. Unfortunately, my shellfish days are over. About three years ago, I developed an allergy towards shellfish and other farmed fish. Oh my. But this looked so so good!

 

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Dinner menu

 

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I enjoyed the olive oil infused with garlic, rosemary, peppercorn and lemon.

 

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I’m not a big dessert person. But give me chocolate soufflé any time. This is their Hot Chocolate Souffle – with Colombian coffee foam, caramelized bananas, and vanilla ice cream. So good.

 

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Other menu highlights: Pan-Roasted Duck Breast Pumpkin Puree, Charred Leeks, Radishes, Spiced Honey Glaze

 

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Taleggio – Homemade Apricot and Cherry “Mostarda”

 

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“Quezo de Bola & Hamon” Inspired by Massimo Bottura Textures of Cheese, Glazed Ham and Gelée, Asparagus

 

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With Mildred A. Amon, Director of Marketing Communications.

 

Flame is a lovely dinner spot. I really enjoyed the food and the space. I felt like I was transported to a very cosmopolitan city. The dining area allows for the creation of smaller spaces for more intimate parties. They also have an interesting lunch menu, you may view all the current menus here.

This brings me back to Discovery Primea’s wonderful restaurant on the ground floor – Tapenade.

 

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Last February, my family had a staycation at Discovery Primea. Sophia celebrated her birthday at Tapenade.

 

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We had a semi-private dining space at Tapenade.

 

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It was a rare occasion that both my parents were in town.

 

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We loved this — Stone-baked feta cheese with tomatoes, capers, Greek Metaxa brandy and honey

 

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The Salad Room was a hit. I was happy with that alone. But grateful that we also had incredible mains and other goodies.

 

 

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New at Tapenade, the Mediterranean Grilled Platter includes an indulgent selection of specialty skewers, with the freshest Beef, Lamb, Chicken, and Prawns. Traditional Mediterranean sides of tabouleh, pita, cucumber raita, and spiced rice complete this abundant platter.

 

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Good news, Tapenade Salad Room has Throwback Thursdays. Every Thursday, they’re rolling back the clock to when you first fell in love with The Salad Room. They’re throwing back to the original price of Php 620++!

 

Restaurant Tapenade’s Salad Room offers the freshest salad bar in Makati, filled from top to bottom with healthy greens, fresh oysters, exotic cheeses, and so much more. All your favorites, and new additions will be available, at the original price. Throwback Thursdays at Restaurant Tapenade. Available for Lunch and Dinner

Click here for more information on Tapenade’s current menu.

 

 

The new Montero Sport

 

 

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I am like a Mommy chauffeur. My daily schedule revolves around my girls’ school drop off and pick up times. I fix my work commitments so that I can pick up my kids every day. It isn’t as tedious as it sounds. It actually brings me a lot of joy seeing their faces light up when I’m the one picking them up in school. Usually the ride home from school is filled with chatter from all three girls competing for my attention — lots of stories.

In my other life, outside of mommying, I still have to attend to my work — meetings, design and deliver jewellery, attend product launches, host events, do interviews, appear as guest in TV features, have shoots — you get the picture. My September started with my amazing book launch for CHIC: Tips on Life, Style and Work. It has been crazy hectic. I need a vehicle that can take me to places in comfort and style. I usually bring extra bags containing a change of shoes and some make up. I love doing my make up in the car (because of the natural light), so I need a car that runs smoothly. Needless to say, someone drives for me 99% of the time.

The past couple of weeks we have been using the all-new Montero Sport. I was able to test drive this best-selling mid-size Sport Utility Vehicle which won the Top Gear Philippines Shakedown comparing it to all midsize SUVs. It boasts of better performance, comfort and safety. What I like most though, is that it’s a stunner I can take with me wherever.

 

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We have three of these huge suitcase-like school bags that have to be loaded in the back of the car.

 

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My siblings in Toronto are shocked that I can drive in Metro Manila with no hassle. In fact, I find it easier to drive here than in North America because I’m terrified of speed.

 

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The back seats fold up completely flat, leaving a large space for cargo. Perfect for when I do grocery shopping like there’s no tomorrow.

 

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The Montero Sport comes with luxurious black seats. I found the seats very comfortable. It had enough support for my picky back and neck, yet it wasn’t too firm. It was just right.

 

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The seats have a multi-layer cushion with more rounded shoulder which supports the position of your upper torso comfortably. That’s a shameless selfie before going to pilates.

 

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The Montero Sport is fitted with an array of active and passive safety features.

 

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As a mom, I am very strict with seatbelts and carseats. My kids are beyond carseat sizes now. But they always wear seat belts.

 

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I sat in the driver seat, passenger side, back seats. All comfortable.

 

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We liked that there were different temperature controls for the aircon vents. I’m not a fan of super cold cars. While my husband and kids always want cold air blasting in their faces.

 

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I love it when the Skyway is clear and not congested. It makes living in Metro Manila so much more pleasant.

 

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The GPS was enjoyed by my driver. I didn’t have to share my phone/Waze anymore.

 

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On weekends we find ourselves in our soon-to-be cottage (I hope) where we have a few vegetables planted. So we drove to the “farm” in the Montero Sport.

 

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This little piece of heaven already feels like home for the kids.

 

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Traffic was horrendous, as it was a long weekend. But the kids were so comfortable in the back seat. There is a third row for seats but that weekend we used it for cargo. So all three stayed in the second row. And they were more than fine.

 

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We brought some special banana seedlings to the farm.

 

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That pot is huge and it still left plenty of room in the back.

 

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Montero Sport still looks bold and stylish while being sporty. We couldn’t drive it in to the property because we are still mapping out our vegetable patches.

 

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While I am still sketching my site plan, we need to figure out where the driveway would be.

 

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We dropped off our special banana and bamboo plants and brought home some harvest.

 

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Back in the city, on days when I am not working as a host or speaking somewhere, I go about my errands in comfort.
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And from my non-technical assessment, I would say that the comfort and ease of the Montero Sport fits my lifestyle – both urban and rural. It is CHIC!

 

For more information, visit the Mitsubishi Motors Philippines website and learn more about the Montero Sport. For price list, please click here. Like them on Facebook.

 

 

Prêt-a-PorTea at Raffles Makati

 

 

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We were invited by Raffles Makati to try their “New York State of Mind”, the fourth in its Prêt-a-PorTea series, with the legendary Tiffany & Co. at the Writers Bar. My girls and I love afternoon tea. So we took them up on the offer and made a date of it. We dressed up in our lovely clothes on a rainy Saturday afternoon, and had a mommy and daughters day.

The Prêt-a-PorTea sweet and savoury creations are inspired by Tiffany and the Big Apple.

 

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I can’t tell you enough how much joy it brings me to be able to spend slow days with my three daughters. I savour every moment.

 

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The kids had cold chocolate drinks.

 

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It’s not high tea if there are no scones and clotted cream.

 

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With my three little women.

 

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Savoury teacup sandwiches like bagels and lox, pastrami, mini-hotdogs, and soft pretzels were served.

 

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I loved this mini bagel with lox.

 

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Macarons and cupcakes designed with that trademark robin’s egg blue.

 

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So much loveliness – the iconic Tiffany Blue Box caramel cake, a white-chocolate bracelet inspired by Tiffany’s iconic T collection, bite-sized apple coated in chocolate-caramel, a sweet take on the Big Apple, and the famed cronut.

 

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The kids were so charmed by the setting, they kept taking pictures. Each of the Tiffany-inspired afternoon tea three-tier pastries is good for two people. It includes other treats like the classic New York cheesecake and all-American favorites, like the lemon meringue pie, creamy strawberry-shortcake, and sour-cherry whoopee pie.

 

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Me and Lily

 

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Making memories with my lovelies.

 

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Again, those Tiffany blue boxes and a reminder of the Big Apple.

 

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My bookworm girls were in heaven at the Writers Bar.

 

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OOTD info, Stella’s dress from Gingersnaps, shoes from Melissa. Lily wears a dress from her big sister’s closet and Saltwater sandals.

 

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My not so little Sophia now wears Just G (a subsidiary of Gingersnaps). Her purse is a hand-me-down from me, a cute Kate Spade bag. Her sneakers are from Paez shoes.

 

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Raffles Makati’s  “New York State of Mind” Prêt-a-PorTea series.

 

You may enjoy this delicately designed afternoon tea from September 1 to November 30, offered from 2:30PM to 5:30PM daily at Php 1500++ for two. Add a glass of champagne at Php 900++ for a sparkling afternoon. For more information and reservations, please call the Raffles Makati Restaurant Reservations at +632 795 1840, or email dining.makati@raffles.com.