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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Photoescape Reviews: Avon Clearskin Pore Penetrating Invigorating Scrub For Men (AND YES I TRIED THIS)

Last Christmas my mom's friend gave this to me. I don't know if I should be insulted or annoyed.

(NOTE: THERE ARE NOT PICTURES IN THIS POST BECAUSE MY LAPTOP GOT REFORMATTED BY ACCIDENT. BUT WILL TRY TO FIND A WAY TO GET THE PICTURES UP AS SOON AS I CAN.)

Clearly you guys know that I am of the female species. So when she gave this to me I was like...yeah...thank you tita!

But inside I was fuming that hell had no chance in being hotter than my head. Because it clearly says this is for men - am I a man??

But since she gave this to me I might as well try it right?

Girl why?!

This is not available in Avon Philippines which to be honest THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS MEN!

I will start this review by saying this is purely from my experience in using this product and I still think Avon is a great company the produces amazing products so here goes.

So according to the website, this is an effective creamy scrub with Pore Firming Technology, lifts away pore-clogging dirt and excess oil without over drying. Formulated with Eucalyptus and Witch Hazel to cleanse and refresh.

Some of its benefits are:

  • Exfoliating face scrub that contains scrubbing grains that lift away pore-clogging dirt and excess oil. 
  • non-comedogenic
  • dermatologist tested


The Avon Clearskin Pore Penetrating Invigorating Scrub For men is designed for men which clearly I disregarded because this was given to me. I have actually used some scrubs in the past designed for men and they worked for my skin amazing in making my face less oily and also reducing my pores. This one wasn't really doing great things to my skin though.

This is a scrub cleanser so I use this every other day. I do like that it has a cooling sensation but after washing my face it actually made my skin feel like it was sprayed with dry ice. There was the tightening sensation afterwards then replaced again with the tightening of my skin. It felt uncomfortable that I had to run to my room to immediately apply my toner and moisturizer.

Immediately a few days of using this product I do see some good and bad things happening to my skin. Let's start with the good parts:


  1. I see that my skin is less oily after using this. 
  2. Noticeably my face seemed brighter due to getting the clogged dirt out of my face
  3. My face looked fresh throughout the day.
But with good things, there were bad things:
  1. Didn't really made my pores smaller. I can still see them when I look in the mirror.
  2. It felt uncomfortable by the end of the day. 
  3. I broke out immediately. 
I was a bit disappointed with this product but I know I had to lower my expectations a bit since this was specified for men. But there are some women, like myself that actually prefer using these kinds of products because our skin needed a little extra care in the exfoliating department. 

Overall, I do not like this product. I regret using this product because it just made me break out more. I like the cooling sensation but that was just about the only thing I liked about this product. The feeling after washing my face was just too much to handle for my skin that I would rather just stick to my all time favorite scrub even if that doesn't have the cooling sensation. 

Have you or your boyfriend tried this?

Share your thoughts on the comments section I would love to know your thoughts about this. 

Much Love! 

xx Alice

How to Move on from a Toxic Relationship ( The Healthy Way)


It is true that the older you get, the wiser you become. I admit that when I was younger I did things that I am not supposed to do. I was able to learn from these experiences and accept that I am just like anybody else - I am human, capable of making great things in life, but also capable of committing mistakes and getting hurt.

And one thing I learned is to be a better person, you have to let go of toxic people and situations you are in. I will tell you some things I have learned to move on in a healthy way from a toxic relationship. This can be a toxic friendship to even toxic family members (Don't deny we all have one in our lives!)

1. Define Toxic
You have to define first if it was a toxic relationship to begin with. You would know if it is one when it is like a pattern that happens frequently with you and that person. Would you always get into arguments out of petty things and the argument was not resolved? Are you still happy in the relationship? Does it give you personal growth?

These questions come in mind immediately when you assess the relationship. Its normal to know the state of your relationship because if it is going nowhere its better that you break up instead of hurting each other more.

2. Grief.
It is okay to grieve over a failed relationship. It is totally normal. Being sad about something is not going to make you into a horrible person. My therapist told me that grief is part of the process and it is normal.

You can cry and stay in bed but limit yourself because life has to go on.

Personally, I've learned to grief at night before I go to bed. I know it sounds like I am scheduling it, but I find that releasing all the pent up anger before I go to bed makes me sleep better because I've released all the negativity that might stop me from a good night of sleep.

3. Socialize.
As they say - When a door closes on you, expect a new door to open or a window. Learn to re-socialize yourself. Meet new people, acquire new hobbies and just live again in a new place in your life. When I was moving on from a heart break, I met new people in my life which were absolutely amazing.

One way for me to move on is meet new people. I would usually ask my friends to bring me along so I don't feel clouded by my thoughts and I push myself to start conversation with other people.

I may be outgoing but I have my limitations, so pushing past my comfort zone is quite surprising especially when you meet new people in the process.

4. Its okay to reminisce.
Remembering the past is perfectly normal. You had good times with this person so remembering good memories is okay. Don't be too hard on yourself in forgetting them because the more you force yourself to forget them, the harder it will be for you to move on.

Just give yourself a reminder that this person was a part of your life one time and its time to move on.
I know its hard to do - even I had to face that reality when I was moving on from a previous relationship but this gave me hope that in time I will meet someone better for sure.

5. Love yourself more.
I will not get tired in stressing this - Love yourself more. The reason for that is in the process of leaving that toxic relationship, it can also mean you lost yourself in the process so make sure to give yourself the time to move on and be on your own.

I knew a lot of girls that are into moving on by entering a new relationship which makes that relationship into its predecessor - a toxic one!

I was also like that when I was younger, but I realized that I am hurting another person because I haven't resolved my issues on my own to let them in. I am basically hurting another human being because of my insecurities and bitterness from my previous relationship, so I decided that I needed to be my own person first to enter a new relationship.

Here is a bonus tip!

6. Its okay to entertain potential partners, but let them know that you are not ready yet.

I know it sounds weird, but sometimes the right person might come in the least time you expect them to be so be open for potential partners that will accept your good and bad side.

To know if they are in for the long haul is when you show them your scars and your vulnerability. If they can accept that, they can be a new part of your life.

If you are thinking of leaving a relationship that can be toxic I hope these helped you in defining and also moving on from it.

Much Love!
xx ALice

Friday, October 19, 2018

Elite Aerial Experience

 


 Exercise and me don't jive...it just doesn't go well! But trying out new stuff is what I actually like so when I got invited to try Aerial Hoops at Elite Aerial studio I am quite excited and nervous at the same time.


Excited because its an activity I have only seen on television and performances, Nervous because I might die falling from it - Just thinking the worst case scenario guys don't think it actually happened to me (duh)

Elite Aerial studio is actually near my house here in Quezon City. Its located in Maginhawa st. which is a known destination for foodies.


Okay now to the whole experience. We started with stretching to be able to do the stunts on the aerial hoops which is basically cardio on steriods when I was doing it. I have said earlier that I don't like high intensity workouts but I stuck on it like a trooper and did what I can. I liked that some of the stretches at first involved a bit of yoga and it also incorporated the pole and the other tools for aerial stunts so we can get started in incorporating it in our exercise.

Now onto the aerial hoops, Ms. Aneshka or Teacher Nesh taught us the basics of getting into the hoop and also the moves which looked complicated but in reality its actually not. The whole idea of Aerial Hoops is to be able to use your body to balance yourself inside the hoop.


I was one of the last people to do it - WHY? because I am scared! I almost had an anxiety attack seeing the other bloggers going at it like it was a walk in the park! You girls do remember that I pack on a bit more weight so if I fell its probably messier - I'm just kidding! There are foams under the hoops so its safe for beginners.


Now onto that, I actually got cramps the first time but teacher Nesh really pushed me  to try harder and honestly I felt like a feather. Its exciting, exhilarating and one of a kind. I can never imagine myself looking elegant in that kind of setting but I just felt free at that moment.


There is sort of an epiphany in myself at that moment that I might have been scared of the hoop not because of what can happen to me but what people will say about me - Its similar to my insecurity to be honest. I feel so insecure about myself sometimes because of my weight, I try to hide it by being confident in other areas of my life but in reality, if I don't face my insecurity I won't feel free.


So when I did all the moves on the hoop, I felt free. Not entirely because half of my spirit got drained away but I know that some of my insecurity went away because of the experience.


I am getting too deep in this post for sure but if you are interested in trying out Aerial Hoops or pole dancing check out Elite Aerial Studio and have an #EliteExperience with them.


Check them out on Facebook for more information.


Much Love!


xx Alice

Friday, September 14, 2018

WHY PATCH TESTING IS IMPORTANT ( and you should do it too!)

Ola! 

As a beauty blogger, I get tons of products to review on a daily basis and usually I do a patch test before actually using a product.


What is a patch test? 

It's basically a simple procedure where you test it first on a small amount to see if you develop an allergic reation towards it. 

Here is a short story before I tell you why this is important.

A couple of years ago, a company sent me a product to review with a full disclosure that if this gave an allergic reaction to me I won't post the review which they actually agreed on because I am willing to pay for the next batch of products I will order from their store if this product works out. 

For the first couple of days I noticed red bumps on my skin which bothered me. I didn't actually analyzed it further until the third day of using the product - It made my skin itchy and red that I had to go to the doctor! 

I don't have the pictures anymore because it was super bad which I also reported to the company since I know my skin is not sensitive but this broke me out. The company was actually nice enough to cover the doctor's fee although they didn't have to. 

Since then my dermatologist told me to ALWAYS do a patch test. 

And fortunately - rather unfortunately, a similar incident happened to me earlier which made me decide to write this for you girls. 

HOW TO DO A PATCH TEST

The test is really easy to do since you just have to apply the product on the back of your non dominant hand or anywhere you want, cover it with a piece of cotton to protect it from the elements, pollutants and dirt, wait 24 hours and tada! You see the results!

You can also have a batch of patch test with a dermatologist done in case you have a bulk of items you are not sure if it gives you an allergic reaction. 

The next picture you will see was the result of the patch test I did which was actually a moderately severe reaction which I won't reccomend you do girls. 

This was only a few hours after the patch test was done and I was a littke bit disgusted by this because it looked like ants attacked my hand. The back of my hand also felt rough to the touch and had become rough. Its not a good sight but this is for science. 

As of writing this post the redness of the skin have settled a little bit thanks to anti histamine that I took the night before. There is still some red bumps and its a bit itchy but according to my dermatologist I just need to let it subside on its own and frequently moisturize the area so the roughness wil go away. 

WHY DO A PATCH TEST? 

Doing this will save you the agony of going paranoid of what made you break out. Believe me that it will make you think backwards of what you did wrong to your skin. 

It will also save your pocket because you don't have to spend to do this. You can try this out by using testers in the store and just walking around to know the difference. 

This will save you time as well because knowing this method saves you from unnecessary visit to your dermatologist. 

I hope this post helped you out. Don't forget to leave a comment about yur experience and if you have done this method. 

Much love! 

Xx Alice

Monday, September 10, 2018

The Time I Almost Decided to Quit

This is a lengthy post so bear with me and I hope you learn something from this. 

I almost decided to quit blogging some time ago - why? 

Because I grew tired of the competition of being the first. 

I grew tired to being in constant fear that my work is not good enough. 

I grew tired of the constant thought of being irrelevant. 

These are just some of the things that blurred the real reason why I started to write. Until one day I just decided to screw everything and go back. 


This all started last year, when I started my bakery. I was immersed to the business more than writing, then came when my grandmother passed, I was down and didn't found a reason to even read. And then my uncle passed a few months ago. It was so unexpected that it also broke my spirit down. 

I felt so uninspired to write for some time. I felt lost and confused if what I should be doing. I love writing but I dreaded the thought of not being relevant. I actually love the thought of just blurting out every thought I have. 

So here I am - back at writing. 

To be honest, there are milions of reasons why I decided to stop but life really has its way to bring me back to where I started. 

And I decided to just let go of the pressures in the beauty blogging world. Honestly I have been so out of touch it doesn't bother me anymore. There is the occassional envy creeping in whenever I hear other bloggers getting invites to exclusive launches but who cares right? 

I started not caring some time ago. And just went back to trying out products that I bought. I actually have a few I'll be sharing soon so I hope you girls are ready. 

And if you are like me - lost and confused in the sea of beauty bloggers that get swarmed with products upon products to review- don't be. Let your own color shine and just roll with the punches. 

But if you are in this industry because of the free PR packages, trust me sweetheart that burn out will overpower you like a match that was lit on  a windy day. 

I remember a 'friend' of mine rubbing all her event invites in my face the other week, I won't name you so you can at least save your face from how boastful you are because quite frankly I don't like that attitude of yours. 

Getting invites is not everything about being a blogger in the beauty industry. And please spare me the agony of other girls in the industry that feel they are entitled because they are bloggers - stop. Just stop my dear. 

I am basically ranting at this part because I am just through with the constant struggle to stay on top. Its tiring to put up a front to people and they think its a nice thing to look on fleek when in reality you are dying inside. 

I do hope you guys learned something. And just have fun with writing. It really is fun if you think about it 


Much love 

Xx alice

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