Monday, February 13, 2012

Detoxify with a healthy fruit and vegetable drink

Yo people! What’s up? It’s another morning and it’s time to detoxify our bodies from all the toxins that we have inhaled, ingested, and all other ways that those came in. Cleansing our digestive track is very crucial in having a healthy body. Just imagine if you didn’t excrete your wastes, your body will be full of all the dirty stuff and will eventually affect your health, and will also show up on your skin making it look dull and in poor condition. Well, we all do not want that to happen, don’t we? Hence, the regular elimination of wastes. 

I suppose we all should be open with this issue because regular excretion of our wastes is a major issue for our health. In case you guys haven’t thought of this, well I suggest that you guys should try to drink fresh vegetable and fruit juices that contain so much fibre, it would clean up your track instantly.

It all started when my parents forced me to drink this really weird smelling and tasting juice one morning. It was made from different fruits and vegetables. My dad told me that he won’t allow me to go out without drinking it so I didn’t have a choice but to do so. An hour after I drank it, I swear, I felt really light and my body was more comfortable. After a week, I noticed that my face cleared up. My acne started to vanish. I was so happy that I started to drink the juice every day.

Cover your nose and just drink it!

The juice is extracted from:
-          Celery
-          Carrots

-      Cucumber
-          Beetroot
-          Ginger
-          Granny Smith Apples
-          Bitter gourd/ Bitter melon
-          Orange

-          And sometimes they add a bit of Papaya/ Watermelon/ Rock Melon

I know that it’s really weird, but it really helps to flush out all the toxins in our body. ^_^ You guys should give it a try, give it a week and I swear, 100%, you’ll see the difference.

Juicer/ Juice extractor

PS: In case you guys do not have a juice extractor, you can just head to a juice bar and purchase a large juice that is already extracted. Then you can tell the people working in the juice bar to use the given Fruits and Veggies, and you can even add other F &V of your own choice. Even just 3 or 4 times a week. :)

Xoxo Stay healthy,

Sunday, February 12, 2012

10 Ways to show your skin some lovin'

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and as they have said, “love is in the air”. Indeed, this is the season where we all show our love and affection for our special ones. But have you ever thought of giving some TLC to your skin too? Our skin is our body’s largest organ and it plays several roles in order to keep our bodies in top shape. It functions as our protection from harmful bacteria in our external environment. It also provides sensation through the skin’s nerve endings reactions, it regulates our body temperature as controls the evaporation of our body fluids, and it is also a passage in our excretion of wastes. With all these, it won’t hurt to give our skin some love too, right?

Here are some ways that you can do to give your skin some lovin’:

1.      Don’t smoke. Avoid cigarette smoke.
Read my lips: T-O-X-I-N-S! Yes, you’re right. Smoke contains approximately around 4000 toxins. So, imagine yourself inhaling cigarette smoke. Not only does it damage your respiratory system, but it will also cause a lot of negativity to your skin.

2.       Drink a lot of good liquids: Water, tea, & fresh fruit/ vegetable juice.
Drinking good liquids and avoiding fizzy, alcoholic beverages will do wonders to your skin. Because good liquids help your body in eliminating the stuff that needs to be transported out of your system through excretion and our skin plays a major role in that matter. With excretion of toxins, our body and skin will be healthier. Always remember to hydrate especially at dry-times like summer or when you’re on a long-haul flight.

(I'll be putting up a post about this fresh vegetable/fruit juice that I drink every morning. You guys might love it.) 

9 Hours flight x 2: SYD to MNL and MNL to SYD
Oh so healthy!
3.       Exercise!
Exercising, whether heavy or light, gives our body more oxygen which helps in our blood circulation. With a better distribution of blood in our system, our skin will be glowing more.

Haha! Have been running for 40 minutes a day, 3 times a week :) Big achievement! I should maintain doing this regularly!
4.       Shower with warm water only.
Don’t dry out and damage your skin by taking a shower in a volcanic-like heat or Antarctic-cold water. Taking a shower with lukewarm water should be more than enough to rejuvenate and relax you from a long and tiring day.

5.       Use sunscreen.
I can’t emphasise it any further but, seriously, it’s really important to put on sunscreen at least 15 minutes before sun exposure to avoid the sun’s harmful UV rays. Too much exposure to sunlight causes unnecessary damage to your skin and inevitably leads to wrinkles, sun spots, and skin cancer.

6.       Try to manage your stress: Sleep early!
Stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts. Maintain healthy skin by managing your stress better. And one good habit to manage stress is to sleep early. What’s the point of sleeping really late when for just watching some YouTube videos or playing Tetris on Facebook when you can do these things the next day? Sleeping for at least 8 hours every night gives your skin and body more time to heal and refresh for the next day ahead.

7.       Eat healthy food.
Eating three meals times a day is good but what did you eat for all those meals? Morning: left-over chips/ Lunch: Hungry Jack’s takeaway/ Dinner: 2 Large Domino’s pizzas. You have got to be kidding! Don’t indulge in too much fatty or deep-fried foods as they can prematurely dull and age your skin. Instead, eat more fruits and vegetables to make your skin suppler. TIP: Tomatoes contain tons of healthy ingredients such as Vitamin A, C, and Potassium that are great for our skin.
NOT Healthy Food. (Sinfully delicious Sichuan dishes)
8.       Moisturise!
After taking a bath, remember to always moisturise using a moisturising lotion (I’m loving Johnson & Johnson’s baby lotion so much ^_^ ) or a body oil. Your skin will thank you for this.

9.       Keep your skin squeaky clean. Sanitation.
Wash every morning and night. Exfoliate every day. Remove all of your makeup before you sleep. These are just some habits to keep your skin squeaky clean. TIP: Yes, you’re skin is clean. But are your makeup brushes, your hand that you use for touching your face, and your mobile phone’s surface that you press on your face when making a phone call, are they all clean too? Please give time to keep them dirt-free because they can harbour bacteria and oily sebum. 

10.   Treat!
Give your skin a treat by putting on a hydrating or moisturising face mask, or better yet, why don’t you make a DIY face mask for yourself? Homemade face masks are excellent for oily skin (like mine) because it absorbs the excess unwanted skin oil. 

So, to whoever said that you need to spend thousands to give your skin some TLC, you’re wronged! :)

Wishing you all a happy Valentines day! :) 


Saturday, February 11, 2012

What can you do with PhP 1000? (Health-and-Beauty-wise)

Hi! So it's been a week since I came back from my 2-month holiday in the Philippines. I still couldn't get over the fact that I got awesome treats back there for less than 1000 bucks. Can you imagine that? What can you possibly do with $25, health-and-beauty-wise, here in Australia? Probably get 2 bottles of makep remover or get a plain haircut, and if you're a highschool student, you could treat yourself with a basic manicure. Well, you couldn't really get a lot with that amount of money. Although the Philippines' currency value have decreased in comparison to the years when I was still living there, I still got impressed with what I could do with a PhP1000.00 bill. Yes, just a thousand bucks at SM Fairview.

*..*..*..*..*..*..*..*My SM Fairview: List of cheap-thrills!*..*..*..*..*..*..*..*

1. Get a Swedish whole body massage at Massage King (PhP 350.00)

- This is the last thing that I did before I flew-out back to Sydney and I'd say that I loved it. At such a cheap price, you could get a very pampering 60-minute Swedish (With oil) massage. The ambiance is dark and a bit cold, but the masseuse is very skilled. I got the R&R that I needed as my back and shoulders were already aching weeks before I got the massage!

2. Get a manicure and pedicure at Posh Nails (PhP 450.00)

- This was my self-treat every 2 weeks when I was in the Philippines. I didn't need to worry about cleaning my nails for myself because it was so affordable to get it done nicely at Posh Nails. I loved the interior design of the whole place. From the pink wall paint to the girly cushions all over the place, definitely 100% posh! For nail colours, you can choose from OPI, China Glaze, and Orly. They put a base coat and top coat, so you can be rest assured that your nail colour will stay on for weeks.

3. Have an eyebrow threading at Lay Bare (PhP 120.00)

- Oh, the joys of cheap thrills! I got my eyebrows tamed and shaped  for just a hundred something bucks every 2 weeks. Don't you just love that!

4. Drink fresh Coconut juice (Php 30.00)

- Drinking Coconut juice is essential for clean your body's excretory and digestive systems. Not only does it do wonders for your body, but it is also very delicious and refreshing. Just a thought: Clean body = Clear skin (Clean and Clear? lols)

5. Purchase an Essential Oil and Oil burner (Php 50.00)

- Might not be necessary but I find it nice and relaxing when my room smells like a spa. My best friend gave me a burner and an essential oil but I decided to buy a different scent. I recommend the Bamboo essence and the Peppermint as well!

 Indeed, I had fun during my holidays! :) 

Monday, February 6, 2012

Random drawing

Hey guys! I have arrived in Sydney around 3 days ago and since then, I've been enjoying the weather here. It's a bit "autumn"-ish now so I really enjoyed staying home, lying down, and being all cozy with the pillows and the blanket, plus the hot chocolate drink every afternoon. I have also made time to draw again! It's been a long time since I've drawn. I feel that I have not practiced my talent lately. So, when I was in the Philippines, I bought stuff that are necessary for drawing. And, the other day, I decided to draw again.

"Eiffel Tower" 5/02/2012
I usually look up something online and try to draw it. I'm amazed it turned out to be good. 
"Me?" 6/02/2012
I suppose that's me. :) incomplete though


credits to the original owner
I looked up "Scenery drawings" on Google and I found this very interesting drawing. I tried to draw it as well.


Still outlining but adding some shades

almost done! Just adding some final touches.

and, Voila!!

 So what do you guys think? :)

Lots of love,