Human Nature’s First SM Branch + Disturbing Classmates at the Library | INGRID NIETO Vlogs

Congratulations Human Nature! They just launched their first SM branch and sarado pa din sila pag Sunday so their employees can take a break, have time for the Lord and their family. Get free consultation at the different stations when you drop by–Skin Analysis, Beauty Consultation, Beauty & Essential Oils. Since SM North was just near my school, I stopped by na din to get my book for tomorrow’s class. We have homework na agad! #Intense #HumanNature #HumanHeartNature #ATS #ATSKami #MALife

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WARDROBE BASICS: The Black Uniqlo AIRism Tank Top in Black

I’ve done another mid-year closet purge and have gotten rid of a lot of items I haven’t worn in the last six months. These past few months, I’ve really been working on simplifying everything in my wardrobe. While it’s been great trying to keep up with trends without breaking the bank, I feel like I’ve gotten to that point in my life wherein I just want to stick with the classics. Why?

  1. They don’t go out of style
  2. It’s easier to maintain and accessorize
  3. Lesser wardrobe purging–you get to use everything on rotation and it’s fun to mix and match!

One of the wardrobe basics I realized I didn’t have was a black tank top. My old one went missing when we moved houses 9 years ago. Through my Sample Room membership, I availed of a Uniqlo AIRism voucher that allowed me to get my free sample of the Uniqlo Seamless Tank Top.

The Airism material as you can see in the video, is lightweight and thin. It’s perfectly comfortable when worn as innerwear–it doesn’t make you feel stuffy, allows your skin to breathe and it does not feel sticky even in sweaty situations. The black tank can be used as a top just because it’s a more solid, dark color, while the nude and white versions are best used as inner wear due to the thin material.

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The Uniqlo AIRism Seamless Sleeveless Tank (black) worn as a top with the Uniqlo EZY Jeans

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The P590 price point isn’t bad for the quality of the material and the multiple times it can be worn. Aside from the basic colors, the tank is also available in pastel hues and striped versions. IMG_2641-001 copy

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The Uniqlo AIRism Seamless Sleeveless Tank (black) tucked into waist-high slim-cut pants looks like a sleek, black jumpsuit.

 

 

TRYING OUT ERICH GONZALES’ SLIMMING SECRET

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Ever had those times when you just want to eat all the food in the world without having to worry about gaining weight and growing those love handles? Even if I’m huge on vegetable smoothies and salads,  I have to admit that I get tempted when I’m faced with sweet desserts, pasta, crispy pata, bagnet and tender ribs. I have to battle with that inner voice that says “Come on. Just once.” But I know full well that that “Just once.” can lead to me using that as an excuse every single time I’m at a buffet spread. It takes discipline, doesn’t it?

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Checking out the NU Skin Expo

Dave and I checked out the NU SKIN Expo held at the NU Skin Philippines HQ. We got to try out the Galvanic Spa (which helps combat aging!), their Epoch Essential Oils, their Trimshake and their body analysis machine which revealed that my body age is 5 years younger than my real age!

The S3 Biophotonic Scanner also revealed my skin carotenoid score which is an indicator of the tissue carotenoid concentration and antioxidant levels of my body. If you get a 10,000-19,000 score, that means 1) You don’t consume enough vegetables, fruits and supplements 2) You’re under a lot of stress; high sun and pollution exposure and 3) You smoke or are always exposed to someone who smokes.

If you get a 30,000-39,000 score, you 1) Get a moderate amount of fruits and vegetables 2) Have regular supplementation 3) Moderate stress, sun, and pollution exposure.

40,000-50,000 means you consume huge amounts of fruits and vegetables, have optimal supplementation, low stress, sun and pollution exposure. I was surprised that I got 60,000! 😀 All that vegan food is doing me good! Watch the different stations we visited in the vlog below

LIVING WITH LESS, LITTLE BY LITTLE

Over the past four years, I’ve made it a habit to clean out my room and re-assess my belongings before welcoming the new year. This blog is a little late (as I have been swamped with work and school papers), but trust me, the decluttering process has been consistent. Going through tons of stuff, clothing and shoes has made me wince at the fact that not all the purchases I made were wise ones to begin with. I thought that by investing in affordable pieces, I was winning but one thing I’ve proven—you really get what you pay for.

SHOES
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I don’t want to speak in general because I’ve met a lot of practical girls, but don’t we somehow dream at least once in our lives to have a roomful of beautiful shoes? I don’t  want to put the blame on Imelda Marcos but I’d say her collection has influenced me as a young teenager, to have as many shoes as I want. Heels, flats, mules, sandals in different colors and fabrics. Back then, I thought “I’ll use my own money anyway, so this is totally okay.” When I began working and got my own salary, I let my little obsession run loose—I bought about two pairs every month.

28936_119594764740179_4708811_nAt that time, Janylin had effectively positioned itself as a Filipino shoe brand that produces high quality, beautifully-designed footwear that stands the test of time. Of course, each pair would cost around P2,500-3,500. Quite hefty if you were to compare it to the price mark of other department store brands at that time. Payless Shoe Source then, wasn’t also that big yet in the Philippines.

A year or two later, I noticed that most of the shoes and bags I purchased from department stores easily disintegrated. The material flaked and peeled off and the colors faded. And I thought I was such a smart shopper. I ended up having to reinforce the footwear by taking them to Mr. Quickie. The repairs were quite costly (if compounded) because Mr. Quickie doesn’t scrimp on the quality of their work and the replacement parts. I computed the cost of the shoes + cost of repair/reinforcement and ended up realizing that the overall cost was enough to buy a new pair. One thing I can say though—compared to my other shoes, my Janylin heels have stood the test of time. The leather doesn’t disintegrate. If you wear them regularly though, it would help to put a rubber install lining and have the heel bottoms replaced to make them last longer.

I now only have about half of the number of shoes I used to own. While I still keep my key colors: black, white, nude, pink, blue, green and purple (these are easy to mix and match with my wardrobe), I am no longer inclined to purchase many of the same kind. What I discovered last year is that, I ENJOY SNEAKERS and low wedges! Oh my goodness. If you know me from way back, you’re probably familiar with my love for high heels and stilettos. I still get to wear them for events from time to time BUT only for a few hours. SERIOUSLY GUYS. Ang sakit sa likod. You also don’t get to walk as freely because there’s that fear of slipping or tripping and when that happens—good luck with that sprain.

CLOTHES

P1030536-001Girls have tons of options when it comes to clothing. Clothing is truly one of the biggest industries worldwide and even if you’re not that much into fashion, it is inevitable that you will buy clothes. Of course you have your basic, everyday casual wear, work clothes, something for sports and recreation and then there are those for special occasions. While fashion has always been an interest, I was never obsessed with luxury brands and I have my grandmother and mother to thank for that.

1 Peter 3:3 says that the beauty of a woman should not come from outward adornment. While there isn’t anything wrong with wanting to look good and be presentable, as believers it is important to check on our motives. Do we call attention to ourselves, giving more importance to the outer appearance than our soul and character? Ashamed as I am to admit this, back then, I used fashion to make myself stand out. I wanted to be known for my sense of style. The opinions of people fed my ego but the opinion of my God, I didn’t give much importance to. 😦

I did make a lot of impulsive purchases and sadly, the items may have been affordable but they did not stand the test of time. I let these items appeal to my ego and senses that I didn’t even pause to scrutinize the quality and wearability, and if these would cause others to stumble. As I got deeper in my relationship with God, I learned to include Him whenever I would pick clothes:

“If I wear/buy this Lord, will I call unnecessary attention to myself?”

“Do I really need to spend this huge amount for this?”

“Will it be honoring to You, if I wore this Lord?”

I also found myself getting rid of a lot of things every time I would declutter. I realized that I gathered so much but really, when I die I don’t get to bring any of them because they will only be left behind.

Nowadays, when I shop for clothes, I look at the fit, comfort, color, quality and wearability. I’m not so much a fan of “one time-wear” clothing. I like mixing and matching. The key to practical shopping, I’ve learned, is to choose items which you can wear multiple times in different ways. It’s good to have a balance of basic colors and prints in your wardrobe. Dresses in solid colors can be easily worn with different jackets and shawls, and can even be used as tops for your skirts. I usually buy my basic dresses off the rack, but for prints I’ve discovered the joy of having them custom-made. I pick and buy the tela myself and have them sewn into designs/patterns that I like. Another bonus: since it’s not mass-produced, the mananahi works on it with so much care and attention to detail.

Anyone else here who’s done some decluttering and minimizing? What are some of the things you’ve realized? What changes have you made so far? Let me know through the comments or send me a PM on Facebook. See you guys soon! Have a blessed week!

Yadah Review

Once upon a time in 2017, I met the Yadah crew from Korea at the Philbeauty fair. After an exchange of emails, they sent me products and I went on to try them out so I can share how they performed. Yadah products can be ordered online but they also have some available at the Beauty Bar.

Watch the video to see my review of Yadah’s Anti Trouble Bubble Cleanser, Anti-T Red Zero Concealer, Revitalizing Jelly Pack and the Velvet Mood Lip Colors in Rosy Brown and Burgundy.

I KNOW MARIAN RIVERA’S SECRET

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The mere mention of “Marian Rivera” brings to mind words like “queen,” “beauty,” “a charmed life” and FLOWERS. Marian has never shied away from expressing her love for anything floral, even launching her very own flower arrangement business called Flora Vida. That of course, is just one of the many things on her bustling schedule as a wife to Ding Dong, mother to Zia and a sought-after actress and endorser. A lot are probably wondering how she was able to bounce back so fast after giving birth. Turns out, Marian is still very strict with her health and beauty regimen. Even if she’s gone back to work and still performs her duties as wife and mother at home, she makes sure that she still gets to take care of herself.

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On July 27, 2017, Marian Rivera was officially introduced as the face of Snow Crystal White Beauty, a beauty supplement that fights free radicals, reduces the signs of skin aging and evens out the skin tone. In a sit-down interview during the event, Marian revealed:

Secret #1: She can skip sunblock now. Anyone who has experienced the intense Philippine heat knows that skipping sunblock is a definite no-no, so how can she NOT wear that now? Snow Crystal White Tomato has 800mg of Colorless Carotenoids (Phytofloral) derived from a unique breed of white tomatoes. It is clinically proven to deliver significant benefits such as evening out of skin tone, whitening and the increasing ability to defend itself against UVA and UVB rays. It also has 500mg Kohjin L-Glutathione, which helps repair skin and fight free radicals.

Secret #2: Though she was always told she’d make it as a movie star, Marian always wanted to become a teacher.

There’s actually more in the video, so instead of me writing verbatim, I’d rather that you listen to the snippets straight from her. 🙂 Enjoy!

[WATCH] BROWS AND LIPTINT AFTERCARE AND HEALING

How exactly do you care for your newly-tattooed brows and lips?

#1 Rule is to not get both areas wet for at least 24 hours.

That means, you cannot swim, wash or heavily sweat right after your procedure. Why? You want to protect your brows and lips from infection. They will give you an antibiotic and other aftercare ointments. For the brows I had to apply the antibiotic ointment for two days. For the lips, I had to put the cream on for 7 days. And no, you cannot use lip color while your lips are healing. Get a better idea of the aftercare in the video. I detail everything here:


Special thanks to Doc Susan & Blair Ong. Visit the BGC branch of Pretty Looks @ the 2nd Floor, Uptown Parade Mall