Lightening Skin Care for Frugal Moms

Twenty-pounds ago, when  all I really cared about was me, myself, and I, not a month passed without an appointment with my dermatologist and a trip to the salon and spa.  Now with two little kids and a house to take care of, I neither have the time nor the money to have that monthly trip to the dermatologist and the salon.  That’s not an excuse to neglect proper skin care though.  Fortunately, I’ve found some budget-friendly lightening skin care products that help keep my skin healthy and fair.

Whitening Body Scrubs

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It may not be as relaxing as being scrubbed by a spa attendant, but the few minutes I’m able to spend exfoliating all over is good enough to relax and rejuvenate me. Among the scrubs I’ve tried, the Sutla Vanilla Yogurt Whitening Scrub and Asian Secrets Lulur Indonesian Whitening Body Scrub are my absolute faves.  The Vanilla Yogurt Scrub had me smitten at first whiff – I absolutely love its scent!  I find the exfoliating beads too rough though so I only use it on my body and not my face.  The Asian Secrets Lulur Scrub, on the other hand, has fine lulur beads that gently exfoliates and removes dead skin cells.  This one I use on my face once in a while.

Budget-wise, these two fit right in!  A 400g pouch of Sutla Vanilla Yogurt whitening Scrub costs only P150 (text 0947.896.8007 to order) and a 250g tub of Asian Secrets costs P130 (available in groceries, department stores, and almost everywhere else :D).

Sutla Green Papaya with Milk

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Although not as fair as Lucy Torres, my skin’s on the fair side too.  I’m already quite happy with my skin color but am prone to skin pigmentation so I still use soap with lightening properties.   The Sutla Green Papaya with Milk is my current favorite.  It contains green papain and milk extracts that gently exfoliates my skin and sloughs away dead skin cells.  This herbal soap is cold processed making it much gentler on the skin than hot processed ones.  Another plus factor is the vitamin A and vitamin D infused in the soap.  Skin TLC that makes skin fairer too.  This soap will cost you around P60 per 135g-bar (text 09478968007 to order).

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel SPF30

This has no lightening properties but is something I can’t live without.  I mean, what’s fair skin if it’s dry, right?   Of all the moisturizers I’ve tried, this is the only one that doesn’t feel heavy and doesn’t turn my face into a greasy mess after a couple of hours.  The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel has a progressive release system for long lasting hydration.  Moreover, it has SPF30. <3 It’s a bit on the pricey side though at P800+ for a 40ml bottle – but you do get your money’s worth.

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Belo Essentials Whitening Anti-Perspirant Deodorant

 

Dark underarms is a bane of Pinays.  I bet that 1 out of 2 Pinays have to take extra measures to prevent chicken skin and pigmentation in their pits. Sadly, I’m among the unlucky half. I’ve found an ally in Belo Essentials Whitening Anti-Perspirant Deodorant. It promises to effectively whiten underarms in 7 days but I didn’t really notice any significant change in mine when I first started using this.  Nevertheless, I’ve continued using it because it’s alcohol-free and lives up to the 24-hr protection claim.  How much does it cost? Around P90 only for a 40-ml bottle.

Priva Intimate Wash

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It’s no secret that most women are so concerned about how they look that even the body parts shielded from public view are given much importance.  Oh yes, we all want to look and smell good down there too!   I’ve shun away from feminine washes before as they were too harsh on my intimate area.  It used to be just plain ol’ Dove soap and clean water for me.  Although it provides gentle cleansing, it just wasn’t enough to make me feel confidently clean down there.  Which is why I’m sooooo glad that there are now washes that are pH-balanced and gentle on the skin.

I’ve recently tried Priva Intimate Washes and have not had any adverse reactions to either variants – no stinging, no rashes, no irritations.  Yey!!! for that. The Priva Skin Lightening and Cooling Intimate Wash has glutathione and natural strawberry extracts (strawberry! hmmmm…) that help lighten skin. The other variant, Priva Skin Firming and Cooling Intimate Wash, contains Witch Hazel extracts, collagen and Kwao Krua extracts that help improve skin elasticity and firmness and help retain moisture.  I use both variants alternately.  Both variants contain RevitaCool which leaves you cool and refreshed after every wash.  At around P140 for a 150ml bottle, Priva Intimate Wash can be included in your monthly grocery list without putting any dent on your budget.  Oh, but it could put a dent in the bedframe  *wink*.

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Those are my current fave lightening skin care products.  Are you using any of them, too?  What products are currently part of your skin care routine?

 

Red Hot Sale Finds for Fashionista Moms

Hooray!!!  We’re finally seeing more of Mr. Sun after more than a week of intermittent rain showers!  Here’s something else to brighten your days the entire rainy month of August – the Robinsons Red Hot Sale!

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On one of my very rare mom-me-time, I was able to go to Robinsons Galleria on the first weekend of the Red Hot Sale. I was able to check out furniture, kids’ apparel, jewelry, eyeglasses, clothes, and shoes. Here’s a rundown of some shops I checked out and my fab finds:

Freeway/Ensemble

This goes first on my list since this was where I got my best (read: most budget-friendly) finds.  See the bolero with a design by Vicente Manansala on it? Would you believe that I got it for only P99.50?! It was further marked down from its tag price of P199.  Such a steal, really!  Even if you’re on a tight budget, you could still update your wardrobe with blouses that go as low as P 199.50 and dresses at P599.

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Unica Hija

Though not all items are on sale, you’ll still be able to find stylish blouses at 50% off.  Blouses on sale range from P 395 to P 595. I also saw several slacks on sale one of which I really wanted to try on but was short on time.  I hope it’ll still be there when I go back next weekend. It’s not often you get a good pair of slacks for only 500 pesos.

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Karimadon

In need of more dresses?  Check out their sale rack.  The blue shift dress with matching bolero is not at only P599 – down by more than 50% from its original price of P1999.  If you have a little more extra shopping money, you may want to grab one of their latest designs as well.  🙂  And speaking of design, Karimadon also has an ongoing contest where you can stand to win up to P10,000 and to see your design in Karimadon’s Holiday Collection.  Check out www.facebook.com/karimadon/fashion for more details.

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ResToeRun

P500 for comfy colourful Marie Claire wedges!!! Need I say more?  I’m sure that’ll have you running to ResToeRun already. Stocks are limited so better run fast.  I would have grabbed a couple of pairs but they, unfortunately, did not have them in size 5 (boo-hoo).  Also on sale are Salvatos foldable flip flops which now cost only P300. In case you get caught in a heavy downpour, having a pair of these would save your precious stilettos.

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I was also able to check out Chez Le Furne, Sarabia Optical, OshKosh B’Gosh, Mothercare, and Toys ‘R Us. If I hadn’t promised hubby and the kids a movie treat that afternoon, I’d have probably scoured every shop in the mall. J Visit Tottering Mama again next week to see what I fab sale items I found from those stores.

I’m pretty sure you’re also now excited to check out what’s on Red Hot Sale.  Before you head to your fave Robinson Mall, add more mileage to your shopping fund by joining Robinsons contest on Instagram.  It’s a simple share and tag contest that might score you some GCs.  (link to instagram) After shopping, drop by the Robinsons Red Hot Sale booth for a chance to win a bottle of hand soap or goodies from URC.

Don’t let the rainy season dampen your spirit.  Check out the Robinsons Red Hot Sale to look fabulously hot despite the gloomy weather.  🙂

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The Robinsons Red Hot Sale runs from August 1 to 31 in the following participating malls:

  • Robinsons Galleria
  • Robinsons Place Manila
  • Robinsons Magnolia
  • Forum Robinsons
  • Robinsons Metro East
  • Robinsons Place Malolos
  • Robinsons Starmills
  • Robinsons Angeles
  • Robinsons Place Pangasinan
  • Robinsons Place Santiago
  • Robinsons Ilocos
  • Robinsons Cainta
  • Robinsons Place Imus
  • Robinsons Place Dasmarinas
  • Robinsons Place Lipa
  • Robinsons Town Mall Los Banos
  • Robinsons Place Palawan
  • Robinsons Fuente
  • Robinsons Place Bacolod
  • Robinsons Place Dumaguete
  • Robinsons Place Iloilo
  • Robinsons Place Roxas
  • Robinsons Place Gensan
  • Robinsons Place Butuan
  • Robinsons Supermarket Pulilan
  • Robinsons Supermarket Cabanatuan

Don’t wanna miss out on big sales and exciting promos? Follow Robinsons Malls at

facebook.com/RobinsonsMalls
twitter.com/RobinsonsMalls
instagram.com/RobinsonsMallsofficial

Hot Summer SALE at Robinsons Malls!

Hot! Hot! Hot!  Summer hasn’t officially started yet but we can already feel the temperature rising.  Don’t be caught looking like a sweltering pig in the warm summer heat.  Take advantage of Robinsons Malls’ HOT SUMMER SALE this weekend, MARCH 14 – 16,  and grab your summer essentials.  Get up to 70% off!  That means more savings for your summer getaway.  Mark your calendars – sale starts on March 14 (til midnight in some malls)!

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Ways to Save on Long Prom Dresses

A flawless skin signifies good health. But not all girls have clear white skin especially on their legs. This is the common reason why girls dislike the idea of wearing short prom dresses. Some girls have hairy legs and going to a skin clinic could be expensive for them. Instead of showing their legs they rather wear long prom dresses to hide their scars, varicose veins and unwanted hair not to mention their bow legs or knock knees.

If you are too conscious to wear short and mini dresses, you can still look alluring with a long prom dress that comes in various sizes, designs and colors. Most of these dresses command a high price because they are made of several meters of fabric. Take for instance a tulle A-Line princess V-neck prom dress with chapel train is a bit expensive. Its train is spread wide onto the floor making it hard for the wearer to walk without holding its hemline to avoid tripping off and fall. Its original price was $350 but now it is offered at $196.

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For girls who want to impress their crushes can avail of affordable long dress for the prom at JJsHouse which caters to all types of fashion ensemble from wedding gowns to Quinceanera dresses. If you really want to look sultry on the prom without showing off your hairy legs, then you have to search for long gowns that are made of organza, tulle, satin or taffeta.

These dresses can be worn again in case you get invited in social gatherings. You can wear a shawl over a sweetheart long prom dress to change your outlook in a wedding event or add some embellishment for a simple pearl pink chiffon A-line princess V-neck prom dress with ruffle during a homecoming party. These are practical options to keep you from overspending for long dresses in the future.

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Shopping for Flower Girl Dresses Online

A wedding is a special occasion worth celebrating. From the engagement to the actual ceremony, it takes a lot of preparation to get ready for the wedding ceremony. There are floral arrangements, seating charts, cake flavors, decorations, dresses, and tuxedos, one must consider before the big day. With so much to consider anyone offering a solution is welcomed into the experience. JenJenHouse is no exception. Not only do they provide wedding attire for the bride, but for other members of the bridal party like the flower girl.

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The flower girl is an important part of the actual ceremony. She is responsible for laying down the floral patterns that the bride will walk on, on her way to the groom. She must look extra special as she will walk right before the bride. JenJenHouse provides awesome dresses for the flower girl in your wedding. Most of the designs feature white dresses accented with colored belts, most of which are shades of red and orange. Dress also come in other colors. Royal purple, reds, and blue are common among the line. The patterns are few and far between, as the dresses are fairly simple. There are some pastel color dress and most embellishments are elegant bows and floral bows.

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Organza and taffeta are commonly used fabrics among their flower girl dresses. There are close to 70 dresses that feature some beading and thirty with lace details. Any little girl would be happy to wear one of these featured gowns. All the gowns compliment the bride and other members of the bridal party on the big day. Along with looking elegant the prices are reasonable all gowns are under two hundred dollars, with most being between one hundred and one hundred fifty dollars. There are some dresses that are under eighty which makes it very affordable for any bride.