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Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Review

September 12, 2016

Review Time!

Hey ladies, especially our mommas!

It's been a while since I reviewed a product for us but don't fret, I just found the perfect toner for us! And it is super duper affordable!


I was on this never ending hunt for toners that will become bffs with my skin because I am seriously having the big pimple breakout plus eczema. Like seriously, fighting eczema is like being on a really bad relationship - it is complicated! Yung tipong akala mo okay na, pero hindi pala, hindi kayo match kaya kailangan mo siyang iwan at humanap ng ibang mag click for you!

So I went to one of my fave organic store - Healthy Options because I was buying Arya her Puffs (which I will be reviewing soon) and I accidentally went to the Face Care section and saw this travel size 100% all natural Witch Hazel extract. Now, now, what exactly is a Witch Hazel?

Witch Hazel
  • A shrub with fragrant yellow flowers that is widely grown as an ornamental. American species flower in autumn, and Asian species in winter.
  • An astringent lotion made from the bark and leaves of this plant.

I tried using Witch Hazel before but in gel form. Back in High School when I was having a bad itchy allergic reaction to something I cannot remember....hmmm...

So anyway, I checked the label and it says a bunch of benefits that is surely plus point to me:

  1. Fragrance free
  2. Non drying
  3. All natural
  4. Tones pores
  5. Removes and balances oil
  6. Soothes and refreshes


I tried a LOT of organic toners and this is by far the best on my list! 

Highlights:
  1. It doesn't sting. Most toners when put on sensitive skin can sting a little but this on. NO! WALA!
  2. Non drying. Okay, I have to give like 100 thumbs up on this. It is super gentle on my skin. It is not drying at all! Which is what I am surprised about because most toners - even the organic ones are drying. Like you'll feel your skin tightens when you smile or something.
  3. Keeps skin hydrated all day. My sensitive skin stopped flaking in a day of usage.
  4. Gives you the glow. Of all the products the claims "gives you that glowing look" this one is by war the only one that proved it. They don't even say it on the label! I mean, I feel ugly now because of my two giant pimple but hey, I am gloooowing!
  5. Affordable. P89.00 pesos lang guys, P89.00 lang! Murang mura!
Lowlights:
  1. Smell. You'll probably gonna hate this too but it doesn't stay long. It smells like rotten fish! so be sure to put this first before your face treatment or night cream.
  2. Over use. Okay, I think I might have overused the product. lol The recommended usage is only 2 times daily and I think I apply more 4 times a day so my skin started to react negatively also. But I already fixed it by lessening the amount I put plus putting it only every morning and night followed by my Physiogel Face cream.

Mommy Must - Have

I super duper recommend this to the moms especially because I know how important skin care is to us BUT chasing our babies around gives us so little time to do our skin care routine and I believe this product right here does the job done by taking care of our skin's needs. You should try it! 

Overall Experience:

I'm giving this 100 thumbs up! lol I could praise this product forever! I'll update this review after a long time of using this product.

*This is not a sponsored post. 

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - Gotta love Healthy Options. 

Cycles Sensitive Anti-Mosquito Citronella Patches Review

September 7, 2016

Review Time!

I've been hoarding a lot of these ever since the rain started. Mosquitoes is very prevalent in the Philippines and so does Dengue. Duhn! Duhn! Duhn!

These mosquito patches were recommended to me by my aunt as she use these to her son whenever they go out. Sabi nga nya' "Just stick and go! Okay na". So, here I am, a first time mom who is not a fan of putting strong mosquito repellent lotions decided to purchase a few for Arya.

Direction for use:

Peel-off patch from the pack and stick on the clothes, strollers, bags, and other objects near your baby/child. The natural citronella extract keeps mosquitoes away once opened. Store remaining patches in the resealable pack for future use.

Ingredients:

Citronella Oil - 30%
Eucalyptus Oil - 20%
Pomelo Oil - 15%
Lemon Oil - 10%
Peppermint Oil - 10%
Menthol - 10%
Orange Oil - 5%

So basically, it's a very easy-to-use - non-messy - greasy - mosquito repellent product - which what I looove!

I don't actually stick these to Arya's clothes. Instead, I stick this to our doors, windows, air conditioner, and walls. If only possible, I'd cover our house with these patches. lol!
Honestly, it's very convenient for me. Some of you may have problems with the smell if you're not a fan of minty-cool-refreshing-herbal scent but me, na-uh! Love it! - I think it is just me - being a fan of Efficascent Oils and Bengay. haha!


Just like the popular game - Pokemon Go, you can also go and collect them all! Cuties!
I can't remember what the price exactly but it is less than a P100.00 for 12 patches. I usually get mine from Baby Company. I believe these are available in leading baby stores.

Overall Experience:
I'm giving this 5 stars! It's very convenient, affordable, easy-to-use, and handy. It is also very effective. We have a lot of mosquitoes around the house because we have a lot of fish tanks that eats baby mosquitoes (too lazy to Google what they are called scientifically). So the patches gives me that extra peace of mind. Of course, you could always go the extra mile by putting insect repellent on your babies' skin but better make sure it is made from all natural ingredients. Insect repellent tends to be naturally strong that's why I don't want any of those on Arya's skin. Allergic reactions is a no - no!

 Be sure to wash your hands after peeling the patches and sticking them wherever. :)

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - Tepok lamok!

Benefits of Scrubbing and Sugar Waxing

September 4, 2016

Please excuse my feet.

Anyone here tried sugar waxing before?

I am big fan of leg waxing but I never tried sugar waxing before - only reason that's holding me back from trying is I know that it will be much much painful that the regular waxing done at waxing salons.

During an afternoon stroll at Ayala Fairview Terraces, I passed by Whipped and decided to try out their Caramel Scrub and Sugar Wax for half of my leg. I usually do full legs but the hair on my upper leg is still thin and barely noticeable.


Since this is my first time doing this, I decided to interview and ask Ate Jane. She's the one who's going to do the sugar waxing on my legs.

I asked her what are some of the benefits of sugar waxing and I was surprised that compared to the regular waxing I am used to, sugar waxing is by war the best option for my skin!

Benefits of Scrubbing and Sugar Waxing:

SCRUBBING:
  • Scrubbing rids of your skin's impurities and dead skin cells immediately.
  • Evens out your skin tone by removing dark patches.
  • Lightens unwanted body marks.
  • Improves skin texture
  • Gives you a healthier and smooth skin.
SUGAR WAXING:
  • It's all natural and organic because it is made from Sugar, Water, and Lemon!
  • Reduces chances of ingrown hair. Yuck!
  • Less painful and and discomfort. Well, you have to experience this yourself first.
  • Minimizes risk of hair breakage.
  • Sanitary and non-comedogenic.
The session basically will start from getting your legs sprayed with water - scrubbed - and waxed. 



Scrubbing


Sugar Waxing... eerrr are you guys seeing my leg hair?! EEEWWW!!! 


and more waxing....

Overall Experience:

I am giving this 5 stars! I enjoyed every bits of it. Kahit na masakit. I never felt this "clean" and hair-free. :)

You can check out Whipped Waxing salon here.

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - Thick hair? Don't care! Kebs!




Round 2: Your Shipping Cart Q&A by Rookie Mommy PH

August 30, 2016


Ever since I wrote about my first Shipping Cart experience about two months ago, my Instagram has been flooded nonstop with inquiries. Finally, after two long months! I decided to order from a few US online shops and use Shipping Cart again.

Read about my first Shipping Cart review here.

Disclaimer:
  • I do not work for Shipping Cart. although I wish they come get me as their brand ambassador haha!
  • I no longer work for LBC Express Inc. since mid August 2016.
  • I am not paid nor sponsored to write about the products I bought or Shipping Cart. I just really love their service! I am a super fan!
This blog post aims to answer all of your questions about Shipping Cart. In the hopes of not getting my Instagram messages flooded. lol. I wil be featuring some of the questions I received, so stay tuned!

What I ordered:


Box 1 from kyliecosmetics.com

1 Dolce K Kylie Lip Kit = $29.00 = Php 1,346.00
State Tax = $2.18 = Php 101.00
Shipping = $8.95 = Php 415.00

Pouch 1 from colourpop.com
1 My Jam Metallic Gloss = $6.00 = Php 278.00
1 Frida Lippie Stix = $5.00 Php 232.00
CA Tax = $0.83 = Php 39.00
Shipping = $4.99 = Php 231.00

Pouch 1 from elfcosmetics.com
1 Mineral Infused Mascara = $3.00 = Php 140.00
1 Retractable Lip Brush = $3.00 = Php 140.00
1 Lightweight Concealer Stick = $4.00 = Php 186.00
Tax = $1.02 = Php 48.00
Shipping = $4.95 = Php 230.00

Shipping Cart
Shipping via Air Cargo = Php 847.42.00

Note that all of the came from their original box (for Kylie Lip Kits) and pouch (for Elf and Colourpop)


Box was delivered by LBC in perfectly sealed and good condition. :)


My orders from Colourpop came from its original Colourpop pouch.
*I do believe that they opened the pouch because they have to take a photo of your products so they can upload the images on their site so you can see it on your Cart.


Preeeeettyyyyyy!!!! 


My orders from ELF came from its original ELF pouch.
*I do believe that they opened the pouch because they have to take a photo of your products so they can upload the images on their site so you can see it on your Cart.


Super duper loved the concealer stick, I sweaaar!!

I wasn't able to include photos of my orders from Kylie Cosmetics because I gave it immediately to my sister-in-law. But, you can read my specific Kylie - Shipping Cart review here. 

TOP SHIPPING CART 10 Q&A

1. May custom tax po ba pag dating sa Pinas?
Answer: NO. Actually, I don't know. You will only pay the shipping fee from Shipping Cart and you get to have it delivered to our door step.

2. Sa post office ba sya didirecho or sa bahay ko?
Answer: Shipping Cart delivers straight to your door step. So NO. Hindi sya sa post office ibabagsak.

3. Anong card po ba pwede gamitin pambayad sa US stores?
Answer: Technically, you should be able to use your VISA or MASTERCARD Credit/ Debit card to purchase from US online stores. HOWEVER, you have to make sure to call your bank and clarify if your card can do international transactions. I use BDO Debit Card or RCBC mywallet.

4. Anong address po ba ilalagay ko sa billing sa Shipping Cart or sa US stores?
Answer. I use my Shipping Cart address for both BILLING and DELIVERY address when using Shipping Cart or buying from US Stores.

5. Magkano po ba delivery ng Shipping Cart?
Answer: There is no fixed delivery fee. Both Shipping Cart and LBC follows the whichever is higher rule. Meaning, kung umorder ka ng mabigat pero maliit na item, ang icocompute nila ay yung bigat. Kung umorder ka ng maaki pero magaan na item, ang icocompute nila ay yung laki. Gets? Gets? I highly suggest that you use Shipping Cart's online calculator found here.

6. Ilang days bago dumating orders ko from Shipping Cart?
Answer: They comply with the 5 - 10 working days delivery schedule. So far for me, I get to receive my package on the 5th day. For some, it might take a little longer. No clue as to why it happens. Maybe weather or custom checking.

7. Saan po ba ilalagay yung Account Number ko from Shipping Cart pag nag oorder ako from US online stores?
Answer: I usually put it on LINE 2 Address. Just copy and paste it. :) Easy-peasy

8. Air Cargo lang ba pwede mag ship si Shipping Cart?
Answer: Shipping Cart can ship in two ways: AIR and SEA. Air Cargo take 5 - 10 days delivery time, Sea Cargo takes 30 - 45 days delivery time. Guys, super konti lang ng difference on price shipping. I suggest you go with AIR CARGO kung hndi naman kayo mag papadala ng REF at TV. :)

9. Pano po malalaman if dumating na sa warehouse ng Shipping Cart orders ko from US Online stores?
Answer: As soon as your orders arrived at their warehouse, it will be scanned and you will automatically receive an email from their customer service. Wait until 3 - 5 working days before you can see it on your Cart. 

10. Online payment lang po ba pwede mag bayad sa Shipping Cart?
Answer: NO. You can pay your delivery fee from any LBC Branches. You wil get an email from their customer service with full instructions on how you are going to pay your delivery fee via over the counter.

Whew! That was a lot of typing! and scrolling from my Instagram message feed.

For other inquiries, I highly recommend visiting Shipping Cart FAQ here.
Check out prohibited items here.
And full Shipping Cart website here.

I hope I was able to help you guys out! Again, if you have questions, feel free to leave them on the comments below, or you can always send me a message on Instagram or on our Facebook page.

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - Happy online shopping!


A Nanay's Guide on being a Head turner and How to be a Selfie Expert?

August 24, 2016


Hey Rookie Mommas!

Remember those days when you're single and you take tons of selfies? And then suddenly, poof! You got married, had a child and you stopped taking selfies of yourself because this time around, you have tons of selfies with your child. Yung tipong full memory na yung phone mo. PAK!

As a mom, we love taking photos of our child. and ourselves. BUT. Isn't it difficult to take selfies when you're busy taking care of your kiddos at home?

Don't worry, momma. I got you!


Here's Rookie Mommy PH's Guide on How to be a Selfie - Expert 
(even if you're stuck at home doing chores and taking care of your kid)

RULE #1

Find your best angle. even if the baby is around.
Knowing which side of your face will look good on the camera will help a lot when taking your selfie. Check if your best angle works with your smile or your smize. 
PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE!


PAK! (Right Angle)


PAK! (Left Angle)


PAK! (Top Angle)


PAK! (Bottom? Down? Angle)


PAK! (Front Angle)

See what I did there? Hah! Baby didn't stop me! Now, I honestly think Right Angle works best on me. Don't you think?

RULE #2

Glam up! when the baby is asleep.
I envy you if you have naturally woke-up like this glowing-dewy face. But if not, yo momma, get those foundations, lip and cheek tints you've been storing for ages because before you take that selfie, you gotta glam up!

But first, make sure the baby is asleep...


Zzzzzzzzz........ 3.2.1...GO!


Foundation on! (I used Benefit Hello Flawless on my face)


Bronzer and Blush on! (I used Honolulu bronzer and Nars blush on my face)


Lipstick on! (I used MAC Retro on my lips)


.....aaaaannndddd taddaaahh!!!


PAK GANERN!

It took 5 minutes to glam up myself and another 10 mins to get 17 selfies just to get that perfect shots. at least to my standards. lol

RULE #3

Lighting. ilaw. as in ilaw.
One thing I learned from Photography class is that lighting is everything. However, being a work-at-home mom, most of my time are spent indoors which give a very bad lighting. BUT, I sort of cheat this with a simple bulb lamp. This is something I also use when I have to shoot my stuff for product reviews. I can say that it works, but, the best advice is probably to get yourself proper lighting used for photography. As for me, this is the best that I have. 

Have to be creative!



It works. Trust me. 

RULE #4

Your device. it matters. a lot.
Now, it's pretty much obvious already that my selfies are of low quality. Of course, I don't have that top of the line device to create powerful, sharp selfies. But if I do, I'd definitely get a device with the following specs below:

  1. 16 MP Front Facing Camera. pati pores mo kitang kita dito!
  2. Quick image manipulation. Dahil hindi totoo ang #nofilter.
  3. Selfie - Panorama. Minsan kasi pwede mo rin isama ang buong pamilya sa selfie.

I've been really eyeing Oppo F1s Selfie Expert recently. I've viewed a demo at Ayala Fairview Terraces and immediately thought to sell my current device so I can buy this. Seriously perfect for all the selfies and considering that I am blogging. It is definitely an investment.




So mommas, there you go! I hope I was able to help some of you, especially those who are work at home or stay at home moms to achieve your desirable perfect selfie. We don't have to spend tons of money, you just have to be creative with what you have and how you do it. Of course, taking selfies with our babies is always gonna be fun, messy, and memorable. 

Let's celebrate beauty with our darling babies!

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - now trying to remove all the make-up on my face. :P

PAMPERS in partnership with Gymboree’s 40th Anniversary

August 18, 2016

Last Sunday, August 14, 2016, I recently got invited to join and be part of Gymboree's 40th Anniversary and Pampers diaper launch + Mommy Meet-up at Glorietta 5. I was super duper excited because I haven't really been spending too much time outside for myself nor have attended any blogging events because of work.

Happy that I get to meet with some of my mom bloggers squad from The Millennial Panda (RJ Dancel) and Millennial Moms PH (Dette Zulueta)


The Pampers and Gymboree Mommy Meet Up Event was very insightful. It was my first time to attend such event and I was so happy and grateful that I went. 



Mommy Ting inspiring us to be a better mom of ourselves. She's such a wonderful person so sad I didn't get to have a picture taken with her. 


The pool of incredible moms - Michelle Alignay, Say Alonzo, Teresa Dumadag, and Andi Manzano - all sharing their motherhood tips and experience.

Gymboree Philippines

Gymboree Play & Music has been fostering creativity and confidence in children ages 0-5 for over 36 years. Today there are over 700 locations in 36 countries, making us the global leader in early childhood development programs. Designed by experts, our age-appropriate activities help develop the cognitive, physical and social skills of children as they play. Our programs are also recognized for their unique approach to parent involvement? which encourages participation in and understanding of each child's development.




Check out Gymboree branches here.

One of the most exciting parts of this event was the launch of the new Pampers Baby Dry Pants. - Pampers' newest diaper line.


I remember when Arya was born, I bought tons of Pampers newborn but eventually, when Arya reached 10 months old, she became super duper active and I was disappointed that Pampers doesn't have a Pants type of diaper so I had to switch to a different brand.

But, lo and behold! Pampers did launched their new Pampers Baby Dry Pants! Perfect timing as Arya just turned 1 year and 1 month old last August 15, 2016. I cannot stress enough how much thankful I am for diaper pants. They make diaper changing time super-duper easy!


The Demo

I get a chance to take a peek with the new Pampers Baby Dry Pants demo and I was just in awe...seriously, guys, you have to do this at home!

Experience Pampers Baby Dry Pants in 3 easy-breezy steps:

STEP ONE: STRETCH, it features and all-round stretchy waistband and flexible leg cuffs to make sure fit ang diaper kay baby that lets her play and move around.



STEP TWO: EASY TO PUT ON, just put one leg at a time and pull-up. Super easy palit unlike taped diapers where you have to ensure baby is lying down para magpantay ang tapes.



STEP 3: EASY TO TEAR OFF, just tear off at the sides and dispose.




The Fun Part



(L) Pampers Baby Dry Pants (R) Brand X
As you can see, Pamper's magic gel is visible to the eyes. They will be using a blue liquid (to represent our baby's pee) with the same amount for each pour.


(L) Pampers Baby Dry Pants (R) Brand X Absorption Test
Notice that with Pampers Baby Dry Pants, the absorption is fast and evens out on all sides of the diaper while with Brand X, the pour needs to be slower as the absorption is slow and concentrated in the middle of the diaper.


(L) Pampers Baby Dry Pants (R) Brand X Absorption Test
Pampers Baby Dry Pants is done absorbing the liquid but Brand X is not yet finish.


(L) Pampers Baby Dry Pants (R) Brand X Leak Test
This is super cool! My mommy blogger friend - Dette of (millennialmomsph.com) is the one holding the Pampers Baby Dry Pants. She squished and hammered the diaper so hard but no amount of the liquid leaked. Touching the wet part also didn't feel like it is wet, rather a bit cold and dried up pretty fast too! Whereas, as you can see with Brand X, it pretty much leaked all over the place. Yikes!

Oha! Ano amazed na rin ba kayo? Seriously, I never knew that there could be such diaper. I remember the days where I have to deal with so much diaper leak! 

But as to why diaper pants are God sent by the diaper Gods, especially the new Pampers Baby Dry Pants - and why we really need to #MoveUpToPampersPants 


  • When baby become more active, diaper-changing becomes more challenging (No arguments about this)
  • Playtime is vital to baby’s development that’s why we don’t want to interrupt baby during playtime even if there’s a need to change his/her diaper (I wish Moms can also say to our babies that sleep is vital to us)
  • Now with Pampers Baby Dry Pants, your baby can experience unbeatable dryness in easy-palit pants (YAHUH!)




More about the new Pampers Baby Dry Pants

New Pampers® Baby Dry Pants a Soft Touch-Dry Layer and Magic Gel that absorbs liquid 30x its weight, providing your baby with outstanding leakage protection even during active play.

It has a breathable back sheet, for increased comfort and protection against skin irritation.

Price and Availability

Pampers Baby Dry Pants Medium (20’s): 204 PHP SRP
Pampers Baby Dry Pants Large (18’s): 214 PHP SRP
Pampers Baby Dry Pants XLarge (16’s): 214 PHP SRP
Pampers Baby Dry Pants Large (14’s): 214 PHP SRP

The Rookie Mommy PH Diaper Test

  • Absorption
    • 5 STARS
    • The new Pampers Baby Dry Pants sure lives-up to its promise. I put this on Arya from 10 PM - 7:00 AM (I have a night and long sleeper baby) - No Leaks at all.
  • Fit
    • 5 STARS
    • This is the only diaper pants that I tried without Arya getting those "stretch marks" on her belly and thighs. It's very lightweight too!
  • Weight
    • 4 STARS
    • I like that this diaper is very thin and light weight. However, once the diaper is peed-on and full it bulges and becomes really heavy and a bit annoying so I have to switch immediately.
This is my best attempt to take a snapchat of Arya wearing the new Pampers Baby Dry Pants....and I failed...horribly..super kulit!



And so, we at Rookie Mommy PH has finally decided to #MoveUpToPampersPants because it did made our life much easier. I am inviting my fellow mommas to try the new Pampers Baby Dry Pants and see for yourself how this diaper can make your diaper-changing time easy-breezy!

The new Pamper Baby Dry is available on your leading supermarkets in the Philippines and  in Lazada.com



Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - #MoveUpToPampersPants