Ah, summer. It’s that time of year again, when you lie under the scorching sun hoping for a pretty tan, but end up looking like a freshly cooked lobster.
Sunshine connotes happiness and other positive emotions, but it can be quite damaging, especially to your skin! Hating on your discolored skin, growing constellation of freckles, or fine lines and wrinkles? The sun might be to blame.
Thus, here are some summer skin care secrets (that you may still not know of) to keep your skin in tip-top shape, while even under the sun!
1. Put on sunscreen… days before.
Sunscreen will totally be your best friend this summer! If you can’t commit wearing to sunscreen everyday, at least three weeks before a beach trip, apply sunscreen every night to build it up on your skin. This will make your skin less likely to burn.
2. Eat to hydrate
By this time, the temperature would be too hot for your taste (especially here in the Philippines), drying up your skin. Aside from your usual moisturizing regimen, eat foods rich in essential fatty acids to keep your skin hydrated! Examples are walnuts, flaxseed and salmon. Drinking H2O wouldn’t hurt as well. Yes, the 8-glasses-a-day principle still applies in skin care!
3. Keep your hair away from your face!
I’m an active person and I tend to breakout more during summer because of sweat. My dermatologist advised me to keep my hair away from my face especially during sports activities or when I work out to avoid the oil from my hair to drip down my face, causing my breakouts! Keep your hair neat with cute hairbands or put it up in a chic ponytail!
These are only some secrets to a beautiful summer skin! Be diligent in putting on sunscreen; apply as frequently as you can. Have fun in the sun!
Classes are suspended today due to a never-ending rain here in the Philippines. Having nothing better to do, I decided to create outfits for the rainy day seasons. I would love to hear what you think! Which one is your favorite ensemble?
Rainy days connote dull, sad, and boring days, but your outfit doesn’t have to be that dreary! Play with fun, bright, colors to beat the depressing weather! The basics here, such as the black pair of skinny jeans and cream sweater was liven up by the pop of colors brought by the tangerine orange bag, hot pink rain boots, and polkadot green scarf.
A cute umbrella is already an accessory! If you’ve got a fun-looking one, why not base your outfit on it? A long skirt would be perfect to cover your legs in the rain. Bib necklaces, especially this one in pretty blue, would look wonderful on a crisp, white, polo shirt. High-heeled booties is also a must if the water gets high a bit — something that often happens in the Philippines. Also keep in mind that waterproof mascaras will be your best friend for the rainy seasons.
But sometimes, it could rain really hard and it could get too cold. The solution? The classic trench coat. You should have a black trench coat in your closet, because it goes with anything. For Rain Day Outfit 3, a short black trench coat was paired with a multicolor tights with African prints. To easily accessorize, I just chose colors from the tights, thus the blue booties, pink beret, and yellow handbag.
A rainy day doesn’t mean wearing blah outfits. In rainy seasons like these, it would be perfect to play around with color! Be careful though with the materials you wear in the rain. Suede and untreated leather are big no-nos. Instead, go with rubber, pleather, and protectant-treated leather.
Have fun in the rain!
To the fashion forward men in London, hear this: Christian Louboutin, the famous French footwear designer, has confirmed the opening of a 1,290-square-foot men’s boutique, the first in London! It will be situated in Number 35, just right next to APC and along from Acne and Dover Street Market.
Another store will be opening somewhere in West Coast this autumn. The exact location has not yet been confirmed.
Too far from a Louboutin store? Well fret no more! Just go to the official online store, and prepare to go gaga over the insane shoes!
American Idol Season 11 will have a live tour here in the Philippines! It will be on the 21st of September, 2012 at 8pm. It will be held in Smart Araneta Coliseum. Ticket prices are between P800-P10 000 and these will be available soon at Ticketnet.
It has already been confirmed that Jessica Sanchez is part of the tour, and boy am I excited to see her! Now all I need to worry about is to secure a seat in the front row. I want to see everyone up close, most especially her!
Aren’t you excited?
Our third day in Hong Kong, which (sadly) was also the last day, started with touring the Disneyland Hotel, where we stayed.
The hotel just looks so posh and luxurious! The outside looks just as good as the inside! I mean, just look at that maze!
Upon entering the gates of Disneyland, we were greeted with a picture-perfect Main Street U.S.A., which I learned was inspired by Walt Disney’s hometown, Marceline, Missouri, which can also be seen in the movie Lady and The Tramp (remember the two dogs having a date and they were passing the meatballs with their snouts?)
We went to Adventureland next and decided to check out Tarzan’s Treehouse. To get there, we had a brief raft ride.
Here’s Jane looking so prim and proper, and Tarzan, looking so macho.
After touring Tarzan’s Treehouse, we watched Festival of The Lion King, which was also in Adventureland. the 30-minute show, which was a short reenactment of Simba’s life, was so amazing! The characters donned colorful costumes and they danced and sang so well. They seemed to be enjoying themselves, so I can’t help smiling and clapping along. This is definitely a must-watch.
Our next stop was Toy Story Land, where everything was so big! Heck, even the dominos were so big! I felt like I was a toy myself like Woody.
It was also amusing to watch the toy soldiers parading. The leader was shouting “Left, right, left, right!” while the soldier at the back decided to do his own thing, shouting “Right, right, right, right!” It made my sister and I crack up.
I also got to ride RC Racer, where I got to race along a U-shaped track which is 27 meters high! I was really excited to try it and didn’t feel nervous or scared at all. I was practically smiling when the ride just started moving. But when the ride stop for awhile while up in the air, the smile turned into a scream. I suddenly felt unwell and worried the yogurt I ate might make a reappearance haha! I felt gravity pulling my face downwards while up there! Anyways, can you find me?
I also got to try the Toy Soldier Parachute Drop. It was definitely much tamer than RC Racer. By 20 times.
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to roam around Fantasyland and Tomorrowland that much because we still had a flight to catch. We weren’t even able to wait for the parade! Because of that, I tried to just take as many pictures as possible. On the bright side, I’ll have a reason to go back!
Anyways, how are you liking the way I presented the photos so far? The photos were just too many, so I made collages. You’ll see some repeated photos but I only did that to add more drama to it, so that it won’t look too boring.
So there goes my Hong Kong adventure. It might have already ended, but it won’t definitely be the last. I had the time of my life going to Ocean Park, The Peak, Disneyland, and roaming the malls and streets of Hong Kong as well. And just as General Douglas MacArthur said, I shall return. ;D
Our destination for the day was The Peak. From the Disneyland Hotel, we rode a Mickey Mouse-themed MTR. Even the handles and windows look like Mickey!
After other several rides and a long walk, we arrived at the entrance of Madame Tussaud’s, which lead to The Peak.
I don’t know who this man is, but he sure looks real! Madame Tussaud’s houses many other wax figures, like Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.
To get to The Peak, which sits on top of a mountain, we rode a tram. The ride showed us the beauty of Hong Kong, with it’s lush and green mountains and beautiful architectures.
I was able to see how beautiful Hong Kong really is on the Sky Terrace. There were many tall buildings,even on top of mountains! The mountains were so green and the sky was clear. It was such an amazing sight, I could stay there forever!
Hong Kong is just so gorgeous. I would love to come back!
Our day basically started by taking multiple bus trips to Ocean Park in the southern part of Hong Kong.
My family and I were able to watch an amazing acrobat show. The performers were so amazing, I don’t even know how they did it!
I would have loved to try the cable cars, but there were so many people lining up for it! Have you tried it before?
The park was so big, we weren’t able to explore every place. Aside from that we were so tired because we weren’t able to sleep the night before the early flight because we still packed last minute items. We were knocked-out when we arrived at the hotel (it was the Disneyland Hotel by the way).
How’s your summer going?