Belo, fairest of them all

 

 

FA Belo Pamper Day

 

I have been going to Belo religiously for over ten years. By that I mean, regular facials every 2 to 3 weeks. I have the simplest maintenance routine — Honey Almond Cleaning and Power Peel. No chemicals, no ointments, no creams, no lasers. Two times I tried laser, Picosure, for research purposes. I love the results, but I feel like I don’t need lasers just yet. This is because I am so happy and satisfied with the quality of my skin.

To give you some examples I am posting some shameless selfies here — with no filters, no make up, just woken up face, and one photo shows what I look like with my everyday makeup. With all objectivity and humility I can say I have very little visible pores on my face. Because of my treatments at Belo, I’ve also reduced the need for other skincare. I don’t use masks or creams. Once in a while, I’ll use eye cream, only because I’m jealous of my friends who buy fancy creams.

 

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A few years ago the night before I turned 40.

 

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My every day makeup involves no actual foundation makeup. I only wear foundation if I have to go on stage. For real life and events, I just dust some powder on my skin. I wear concealer to mask some dark circles under my eyes and redness around my nose. Then I focus on the yes and lips. This was in 2013 in Toronto.

 

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Breakfast at home, 2014.

 

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Another “woke up like this” shameless photo. At the beach in 2014, during our early morning walk.

 

I’m not claiming to be perfect. But whatever imperfection there is, I’ve accepted completely. I have a huge scar across my forehead due to a bicycle accident when I was 8. I have red veins that show through my skin — which I actually love, because one side spells the letter “M” in red veins. My kids think it is my mark – M for mom. I have a mole in my lip. Speaking of, I know I have thin lips but I will not get fillers, not me. Too scared of injections. My nose is funny; it points down when I smile. Laugh lines and fine wrinkles are there too. I used to obsess over my teeth as a teenager because they were huge. My parents got me braces in my late teens when my jaw reached maturity. I had to wear a headgear at night. There is no such thing as effortless beauty. Haha.

I am raising three daughters who I hope will not be obsessed by their looks. I know that consciousness about beauty and body image is part of growing up. My role as their real role model is to show them that these things are temporary and what matters most is what they have inside – their good heart, intelligence, compassion, faith, drive — these are what will give them inner strength and peace. But of course, being beautiful helps a bit up to a certain point. And by this I mean, just care for what you have and be the best version of yourself. I tell them not to worry because that’s a given. They have beauty in their genes (my mom and Patrick’s mom). So now they just have to just focus on working on their inner selves and taking good care of their skin and body.

So before you go on throwing pie in my regularly scrubbed face, let me tell you that the reason I’m blabbing about this is because you may have a chance to win my treatments too! Thanks to Belo Medical Group, they are sponsoring a very special giveaway once a week for three weeks! And on the fourth week there is a grand prize! Scroll below to see mechanics.

 

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Belo and I go way back. I am so grateful to Dr Vicki Belo for taking good care of my skin for over a decade.

 

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With some of the Belo Babies.

 

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Before treatment.

 

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My Power Peel bed.

 

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Fairest of them all! Just yesterday at Belo Shangrila Plaza where I had a simple body scrub. (I’m into wearing loose clothing these days).

 

In celebration of Belo Medical Group’s 26th anniversary, they have meticulously designed each of their 12 clinics to make all the patients feel like royalty. Their fairytale-like clinics have various unique decorations but definitely support the main theme “Fairest of Them All”.

As part of the #DaphnexBelo giveaway, I am inviting you to visit one of the 12 Belo clinics to personally see the creative set-up for this 26th anniversary. And then you guessed it, please upload photos and/or a video to qualify to win a weekly prize and/or the grand prize. Visit any Belo Medical Group Clinic. See list of branches here.

For complete mechanics for the giveaway, please scroll down.

 

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Belo at Tomas Morato, Quezon City

 

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Belo at Shangrila Plaza, 5th floor

 

 

DAPHNExBELO Giveaway

 

In celebration of Belo’s 26th anniversary, Belo is giving away the following prizes during the period of August 16 to September 12, 2016 for you, my awesome readers:

1st winner – August 22 – Glycopeel cleaning/Honey Almond cleaning and Power peel
2nd winner- August 29 – Glycopeel cleaning /Honey Almond cleaning and Power peel
3rd winner- September 5 – Glycopeel cleaning/Honey Almond cleaning and Power peel
Grand winner- September 12 – Wet and Dry Dermabrasion and Revlite on the face

 

Mechanics of the contest:

1. Post a video or photo greeting for Belo’s 26th Anniversary on Instagram and tell us why Belo is the fairest of them all. The video must be no longer than 30 seconds. Video taken inside the Belo clinic is a plus but not required.

2. Follow the Official IG of Belo and my IG in order to qualify for this contest. Use the hashtags #Belo26 #FairestOfThemAll #DaphnexBelo and tag @belobeauty @victoria_belo @daphneop

3. Posts should be made public.

4. The contest will run for 4 weeks starting from August 16 to September 12. The best answer to the question “Why Belo is the fairest of them all?” will be chosen every week for the first three weeks. Announcement of weekly winners will be done every Monday- Aug 22, 29 and September 5. Each winner for the first 3 weeks will receive Belo items and gift certificates for my favourite maintenance treatments like Honey Almond cleaning/Glycopeel Cleaning and Power peel (Total Value: P4,000+)

5. On the 4th week, the most creative video throughout the whole contest period (may include the three past winners) will be declared as the grand winner on September 12. Prizes include Belo items and gift certificates for Wet and Dry Dermabrasion and Revlite on the face (Total Value: P22,400+)

6. The winning entries will be posted on @belobeauty, the official Instagram account of Belo Medical Group.

 

Contest starts August 16. But you can start making your video now.

Good luck, everyone!

 

Shanghai Giveaway

 

 

It has been four years since Patrick and I took that wonderful trip to Shanghai. I dug up some old photos, and sigh, wow, Shanghai is really beautiful. We went during the winter/spring of 2012. We explored Shanghai French Concession, the Bund, the gentrified Tianzifang, our beautiful hotel Waldorf Astoria, the skyscrapers of Pudong, saw a friend who lives there, ate lots of yummy dumplings, and spent an afternoon in the urban planning museum. Shanghai is really a wonderful mix of east and west, old and new.

I’d really love to go back to Shanghai and perhaps bring our kids next time. In a few days on June 16th, the $5.5-billion Shanghai Disney Resort will open. It is Disney’s third theme park resort in Asia, after Tokyo and Hong Kong, located in Shanghai’s bustling Pudong district, home to some of Shanghai’s landmark skyscrapers.

Last week I attended the launch of Air Asia’s newest destination, Shanghai. The launch was held at Niu by Vikings. Air Asia, now my site partner, is the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for seven consecutive years. Starting June 10, 2016, Air Asia offers direct flights from Manila to Shanghai with an all-in promotional fare starting from as low as P2,888 booking at www.airasia.com now until June 12, 2016. Guests who avail of this promo must travel from June 10, 2016 to October 29, 2016. You may also have this promo via their mobile site.

Here are some of the highlights of our last trip to Shanghai. It is such a chic destination. I really loved our week in Shanghai. And now with Disneyland, it is more family-friendly. Can’t wait to bring the kids soon.

Scroll down to see how you can win one round-trip ticket to Shanghai (from Manila) with Air Asia.

 

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The view of Pudong from our hotel suite at the Waldorf Astoria.

 

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Nanjing Road

 

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The city’s most recognisable landmark is the Oriental Pearl Tower. We didn’t go up anymore, but we went up close. Patrick doesn’t like crowded, touristy places. So in lieu of sightseeing at the Oriental Pearl, we went up to several rooftop bars in some of Shanghai’s tallest skyscrapers.

 

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In one of the traditional market areas. East-meets-west, truly.

 

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In Pudong.

 

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At Flair, Ritz-Carlton.

 

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Blooming jasmine tea

 

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Self-confessed urban planning nerd. I spent a few hours in the Shanghai Urban Planning Museum.

 

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French Concession

 

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View of The Bund from Pudong.

 

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View of Pudong skyscrapers from Flair, the bar at the rooftop of the Ritz Carlton.

 

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Cloud 9 at the Grand Hyatt at Jin Mao in Pudong. When it was built in 1998 it was the tallest building in China. I find this building really elegant with all it’s lines. The exterior curtain wall is made of glass, stainless steel, aluminium, and granite.

 

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But by 2007, Jin Mao was surpassed by the Shanghai World Financial Center right beside it – the one with the blue lines.

 

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The Bund, all lit up at night.

 

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Street food.

 

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Our fancy dinner at Jean Georges in one of the buildings at The Bund.

 

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The glamorous bathroom of our suite in Waldorf Astoria.

 

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Xiao Long Bao in Din Tai Fung.

 

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Shopping and dining areas in Xintiandi.

 

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We loved Tianzifang because unlike Xintiandi, it had more local colour — lots of hipster shops, vintage finds, designer studios, quaint restaurants.

 

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A shop in Tianzifang.

 

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Beautiful sycamore trees at Xintiandi.

 

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Monumental commercial buildings in the Beaux Arts style that date back to the 20th century, when the Bund was developed into a major financial center of east Asia.

 

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At the lobby of our hotel, Waldorf Astoria.

 

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Butter with the most perfect font!

 

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A fishing village about an hour away from Shanghai.

 

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It was a lovely contrast, seeing this traditional fishing village in the rural part of the outskirts of Shanghai.

 

My Air Asia Giveaway –

You can win – One roundtrip ticket Manila-Shanghai-Manila. Valid travel period is from June 10 to July 1, 2016.

All you have to do –

1. Upload any of your photos in Instagram. Tell me why you want to go to Shanghai. Tag 5 friends and my IG account @DaphneOP. Use hashtag #WhereinShanghai, #AirAsiainShanghai #DaphneOP

2. I will choose the winner based on your answer, so make it interesting. Winner will be notified by IG direct message.

3. This giveaway runs from now June 6, 2016 to June 9, 2016 5pm. Winner will be announced on June 9th before 7pm Manila time.

4. Winner is responsible for processing his/her own Chinese visa. See requirements below. By joining this contest, I assume you have a valid passport and are able to apply for a Chinese visa.

 

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Belo Pamper Day

 

 

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I was supposed to post this early today but I have been glued to the TV and Facebook because of the Philippine national elections. Promise, no talk of politics here.

I posted my selfie after voting yesterday. And my friends shifted the discussion from the voting process to my skin. Ok ya, that photo is flattering. I think my phone has a natural filter. But I wasn’t really that fresh. I stood in line outside in the heat for almost two hours. I wore a hat and sunglasses and used an umbrella. I also had two fans, a manual and battery operated mini fan. My friends asked me about my beauty regimen. This is not to say that I am an authority in beauty. I’m not. It’s not something that I dwell on. But I do make an effort to take care of myself. My regimen is not complicated. But it takes a bit of commitment.

Last weekend I broadcasted live on Facebook. I was so amused at all the questions sent to me. I think 80% was about beauty. So I know that this is something important to you, my readers.

Like I always say, all I do is get a facial and a Power Peel at Belo every three weeks. I barely use any products on my face because I have tendency to be oily. I only use moisturizers when we are traveling in a cold climate. Here in Manila, my skin remains hydrated naturally, so I don’t add creams. I only spend on makeup remover and the occasional sunblock when I know I’ll be exposed.

I have been going to Belo for about eight years now. My regimen has remained the same. I like sticking to what works. I am happy with the quality of my skin. I can go out of the house, and even attend events, with no make up on. Seriously.

Fast forward to now, it is the month of Mother’s Day. I know most moms would love to get treats and pampering. So Belo Medical Group and I partnered to bring this amazing opportunity for you to get the same treatments I do. Most moms work too hard – in the office, on location, at home, and even just before going to bed. It seems like we are always “on” and never on break. Sometimes it feels like the entire house will fall apart if we were absent. But really, moms need to take a break regularly. Let everyone else pick up the slack. Take care of yourselves first before you can care for others.

So this week we are doing a major giveaway for one lucky mom. She will be getting a #BeloPamperDay. My lucky reader can have the chance to win a #BeloPamperDay gift certificate for herself or his/her mom. This amazing package includes –

  • 1 session of Glycopeel Cleaning/Honey Almond Cleaning — An aromatic honey almond scrub that gently exfoliates dead skin cells and is perfect for those with dry and sensitive skin.
  • 1 session of Body Scrub — The body scrub makes use of sea salt or sugar scrub to gently remove dead, dry, rough skin, leaving it soft and smooth.
  • 1 session of Exilis in the abdomen area — A new body contouring and skin tightening machine. This makes use of focused RF technology to treat jowling, loose skin on the neck and décolletage area. It can also help fat and flabby abdomen, back, arms, legs, and knees.

 

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Me and my mom.

 

All you have to do is tell us why your mom deserves to have this amazing beauty treat from Belo. Here are the mechanics:

  1. Upload a photo of you and your mom on Instagram and tell us why do you want to treat your mom to a #BeloPamperDay.
  2. Use the hashtag #BeloPamperDay on the caption and tag @belobeauty
  3. Post should be made public
  4. There will be one winner who will get all three treatments. Winner will be notified in Instagram.
  5. Contest runs from May 10-13 up to 3pm Manila Time. Announcement of winners can be on May 13 shortly after contest ends. You may claim the prize from May 16-20. The GC is valid for 6 months.

 

Congratulations, the winner is @chloelgmn

Melissa will take you to paradise

 

 

Remember our staycation last weekend at Discovery Primea? You, too, can get a chance to win a staycation at Discovery Primea or Club Paradise courtesy of this promotion from my sponsor, Melissa.

 

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Melissa recently launched a collection called Take Me To Rio for spring summer 2015. It features both pastel and eye-catching colors in avant-garde styles – from sexy and comfortable heels to fabulous flats – perfect for the upcoming summer season. I wore my Melissa shoes during our staycation.

 

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My poolside essentials include the Melissa Bronzer.

 

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When I arrived at our hotel room in Discovery Primea, I was surprised to find these in the closet.

 

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My girls and I all wear the same types of Melissa shoes now. From left to right: Sophia’s, Lily’s, Stella’s, and mine.

 

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Soph got the Melissa Flox III from the Take Me to Rio line, upper left. Stella’s is a black Mini Flox (I’m so happy they have sizes for tweens now.) Lily’s is the classic Zigzag by the Campana Brothers. And mine is the Aranha 1979.

 

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I really love the Aranha 1979. This is the first style of Melissa “jelly shoes” from 35 years ago. Melissa has been releasing versions of the Aranha. But this season they came out with the exact same replica, using newer technology and material. This pair is bringing back so many great memories of my teen life in Canada. I am contemplating on getting another colour.

 

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Step into summer with Melissa.

 

For summer 2016, Melissa Philippines wants every beach babe and chic gal to have the chance to win the best summer trip yet with Take Me To Paradise raffle promo. For every P2,000 purchase of Melissa shoes from February 15 to March 31, 2016, a customer is entitled to get one (1) raffle coupon. Loyalty cardholders are also entitled to get one (1) raffle coupon for every P2,000 purchase (net of the loyalty card discount).

There shall be a total of six winners consisting of: three (3) winners of P8,000 worth of Melissa Gift Certificates, two (2) winners of an Overnight Staycation for Two at Discovery Primea with P4,000 worth of Melissa Gift Certificates, and for the grand prize, one (1) winner of a 3 days/2 nights trip for two at Club Paradise Palawan with P5,000 pocket money.

Deadline for dropping of entries is on March 31, 2016 8:30pm. Raffle draw is on April 15, 2016 4:30pm at Melissa Shangri-la, Level 4, Shangri-la Plaza Mall East Wing, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City. This promo is valid in Melissa stores in TriNoma, SM Mall of Asia, Alabang Town Center, Robinsons Magnolia, SM Megamall, Shangri-la Plaza, SM Aura, Greenbelt 5, Glorietta 3, UP Town Center, Marquee Mall, Centrio Mall.

For more information about Take Me To Paradise raffle promo, visit www.melissaphilippines.com/Take-Me-to-Paradise.html

 

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Evita Peroni Mothers Day giveaway

 

 

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I haven’t done a raffle in a long time. But here is something wonderful for Mother’s Day from Evita Peroni for the mother in you or your life. Five sets of giveaways – a clip, fancy hair ties, hair bands, a brooch/clip, a necklace. Each set valued at over P2,000. We will randomly choose 5 winners. Must have a Philippine address. Metro Manila winners to pick up prizes in Makati.

It’s quite easy. I’m using Rafflecopter. Just follow the three steps – Tweet about the contest with link to this blog entry, follow me on Twitter and like my FB Page. And if you feel like it (you don’t have to), you can leave me a message below and tell me why you’ve joined. All links are on the rafflecopter widget in my FB page here.

Or click go straight to Rafflecopter and check out my Evita Peroni giveaway.

Winners will be announced on May 12th Monday night.

** This RAFFLE is now closed. Winners have been notified by email. Prizes have been sent.**