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Looking for a change? It's time to go eco-friendly this 2019 with Shampoo Bars!

December 27, 2018

Hiya, rookie mommas and fans on this blog!

If you're looking for a New Year's Resolution then I suggest going eco-friendly and helping the environment is a start.

Shampoo Bars have recently popped-up and have become popular because it's simply eco-friendly. I've also noticed a lot of pop-up stores that caters to people who has the same passion and one of the key selling factor of this products is that they are container-less and the customers can bring their own containers to put the products in. This way, businesses eliminates the waste of plastics and other harmful chemical compound that could damage mother earth. So, sosyal, right?!

I got really excited because I have not tried any products like this before. I am a fan of Lush brand but I've only bought soaps from them.

Now, a friend of me and my husband way back from our bf-gf years has recently opened up her new salon called - Version Salon & Spa. Located in Floraville St. corner Pascua, Zone 7 Lot 14, Brgy. Rizal, Makati and now offers eco-friendly Shampoo Bars, Conditioner Bars, Soap Bars, and Pomade!

Here's the VSS Essentials collection!

Shampoo Bar and Conditioner Bar - P250.00
Pomade - P150.00
Soap Bar - P150.00

A closer look at the Shampoo Bars variation,

Soft & Shiny
Be a head-tuner! This contains Panthenol that helps moisturize hair and stops from getting dehydrated.

Gugo x Castor Oil Hair Growth
Let the falls do the falling and keep your hair strong and thick! The combination of Gugo Extract and Castor Oil is perfect to nourish and flourish your hair.

Tea Tree Anti-Dandruff
Goodbye dandruff, Hello Tea Tree! With anti-microbial ingredient that prevents dandruff and Aloe Vera to help hair growth, a worry-free hair is just a shampoo away.

Peppermint Detox
Keep your head cool and clean with Peppermint Detox! Not only it thoroughly cleanses your scalp, it also leaves a lavender scent for a more calming treat.

Clove Oil Scalp Stimulant
Grow, glow, and go for a fuller hair! This shampoo bar variant has clove oil that stimulates hair follicles which help the hair to grow and glow.

Ultimate Shine
Make your crowing glory shine the brightest! With Vitamin B5 for nourishment and JoJoba oil for texture, your hair will surely get the spotlight.

Ginger Anti-Flakes
Flakey scalp? We got you! Ginger Anti-Flakes has natural essential oil that prevents scalp buildup and ease the itchiness away.

And here are the Conditioner Bars variant,

Lavender Scent
Prevent your hair from excessive damage and breakage. With Shea Butter, Beeswax, Jojoba Oil, Rice bran and D-Panthenol that will help restore moisture back into your hair.

Coconut Milk Scent
Prevent your hair from excessive damage and breakage. With Shea Butter, Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Rice bran and D-Panthenol that will help restore moisture back into your hair.


Dapper Pomade

Soap Bar,

Premium Kojic Bar (135g)
Superb whitening from Kojic acid that exfoliates the skin, thereby making it whiter and pimple-free. Kojic lightens pigmentation and freckles. Also contains added fruit acid to ensure easier absorption of active ingredients, oatmeal to soothe minor skin problems, and aloe vera to prevent skin irritation.


I kind of just went ahead and pick out Tea Tree Shampoo Bar and Lavender Conditioner Bar for myself. I do have a very thick hair, and along with that, I also have a very dry hair and I do get occasional dandruffs.

This what it looks like without the packaging,

Immediately, after taking off the wrappers, the scent of Tea Tree and Lavender is pretty strong. However, when I applied the shampoo bar on my hair the scent was not over powering as much as I expected and It's perfect for me since I do have nasal allergies. I really had fun using the shampoo bar! It's been more than a week and I am still using it. The product is not falling apart and it builds up on your hair pretty quick. I didn't have to do so much rubbing in order to get the product in on my hair. I believe this product will last a long time since it doesn't really need to get soaked on a water in order to get the bubbles on your hair. 

I loooove the Lavender Conditioner Bar so much because the scent just lasts all day on my hair. It was so soothing using this product. However, the conditioner bars are a bit thinner than the shampoo bars so they do break easily. Mine lasted for a bout 7 days, and I do have to rub it on my thick hair repeatedly to get the product in. I do wish it's more sturdier or thicker, I don't mind paying a bit more so long it lasts.

Overall, these products is something to watch out for. I've turned into a fan and I would definitely purchase when my bars have ran out.

Being a mom, I kind of just grab whatever it is convenient for us. Like grabbing bottled soaps, shampoos, etc. Because strolling at the grocery alone with a toddler is a bit hard for me to manage. But, these products are easy to get. You can purchase these through Bili App - it's an online grocery and shopping delivery app, and of course, if you happen to drop by their salon. you can purchase these products there too.

Visit their Facebook page here and their Instagram page here.

Rookie Momma PH - Going green this 2019!

New #OOTD for your kids! PONEY Philippines is now open!

December 18, 2018

Hey, rookie mommas!

Time to get excited!

Last weekend, I was invited to attend Poney Philippines's new store launch in Trinoma mall, Quezon City. Good thing it was just a few minutes away from the house!

Poney is the leading kids apparel brand in Malaysia and I'm very much happy that they have finally opened a branch here in north QC.

Poney surprisingly has a vast selection of cute outfits ranging from babies, toddler, and kids for boys and girls that will surely make us snap that #ootd Instagram shot.

Although their branch in Trinoma is not that big, their clothing selection is really wide and you won't have any problem finding the perfect outfit for your kids because their staff is really helpful on getting and finding the sizes.

Here's Arya trying out of the overalls,

Here's a few snaps from the boy's selection of clothes,

The prices are ranging from P200 - P2,000 so it's definitely affordable for the quality and design of clothes that you will get. 

Poney Philippines is located at 3rd level of Trinoma mall beside Kids Zone. I'd like to thank Poney for giving us a chance to shop at their store. :)

Rookie Mommy Ph - Just turned into a Poney momma. 

Have all of your Christmas essentials from Shopwise delivered with honestbee!

December 17, 2018

  Christmas is the most awaited time of the year, where we all come together with our loved ones. From long chats over Noche Buena to unwrapping gifts for our family and friends, it’s the little things that make this holiday special. But with the season also comes the rush, making it hard to find time to prepare for all the festivities and have everything perfect and on time for the celebrations.

To help you get through the jam packed times, honestbee, Asia's fastest growing food service powered by community and technology, has partnered with another leading hypermarket chain, Shopwise. “We’re living up to our promise of giving our customers more choices for their online grocery shopping, especially if they are looking for more affordable options for their daily essentials” said Crystal Gonzalez, Managing Director of honestbee Philippines.

honestbee can now bring you everything you need for the holiday, from your party essentials, Christmas gifts, and different ingredients to fill your dinner table with delicious meals. Choose from Shopwise’s wide selection of groceries, clothes, toys, and home essentials that will go easy on your budget. These include notable brands such as Papa Alfredo, Sunharvest, SnapMax and Southdale Farm, and also quality affordable wines from French Cellar, Wine Makers Reserve, and Red Peak to complete you holiday dinners.

“We always try to find solutions to provide our customers the best and most convenient way to shop. Because of the changing lifestyles of modern moms, our partnership with honestbee allows us to still give them access to affordable quality goods,” said Anna Barrozo, Marketing Director of Shopwise.  

So don’t think about all that Christmas stress because honestbee has got you covered! Enjoy your holiday with all the affordable products you need from Shopwise sent straight to your doorstep.

Download the honestbee app for free on Apple App Store or Google Play Store and sign up for an account now. For more information, visit

[REVIEW] It's the perfect AHA/BHA product for sensitive and eczema prone skin types!

December 13, 2018

Hiya, rookie mommas and Kbeauty junkies!

It's been a while since my last skincare review but worry not. I'm back and this time, I'm actually super duper excited to share this new discovery with ya!

Althea, Philippine's fave online Korean Kbeauty store recently launched their very own AHA/BHA soft peeling mask. It is a gentle mask specifically made for stripping away dead skin cells on your skin and it is good with any skin types.

Now, you know me and my skin. Having extremely dry, overly sensitive, and eczema prone skin, I usually shy away from peeling products because they usually do more harm on my skin than good. However, I don't really have a decent exfoliating product that doesn't trigger my eczema.

The last product I have tried with AHA and BHA is the COSRX one, which I have also bought from Althea before, and even that product is quite harsh on my skin.

Let's get down to some of the details you might need to know:

Althea's Milk Peel Cream Mask,

  • Its active ingredients are AHA & BHA which help to peel off dead skin cells for smoother skin.
  • It contains Casein Protein (milk) to provide moisture and help the skin to stay moisturised all day.
  • It has a soft clay-like texture that bubbles up when massaged on damp skin to deeply cleanse the pores.
  • It is also cruelty-free!
How to use the product:
  1. Apply the product on damp skin and massage it gently until it becomes bubbly.
  2. Let it rest on your skin for 30-60 seconds before rinsing it off with warm water. 
P490.00 (USD 9) 50ML
FREE SHIPPING if you use the code PBSHIP on all ALTHEA exclusive products.

My Skin Type:
Overly sensitive skin
Dry skin
Eczema prone skin
Breakout prone skin

This cream mask is like a heavy cream that you can easily lather on your skin. But, you have to be quick because it foams and bubbles really fast.

This cream mask smells like my baby! It smells really gentle, fresh, almost like a baby powder. Having sensitive and eczema prone skin means I have to use products with little to no scent at all because it triggers the eczema. Good thing, the scent on this one was not too much for my skin.

Really thick, creamy but easy to spread on your skin.

The Milk Peel foams and bubbles really fast upon contact on the skin.

This is what it looks like after 30 seconds...

And this is what it looks like after 60 seconds.

How I use it:
I pre-wash my face with Althea's contour cleanser, I pat dry my face and apply the Milk Peel after. I rinse with warm water, followed immediately with the Primer Water, and then followed by my Elujai Propolis Serum. 
Once a week - every Wednesday night.

Althea's products is either a hit or miss for me and all I can really blame is my skin type. I'm so glad that I got to try this product because I can finally say that I have found The One - the one and only AHA/BHA product that will work on my skin type.

The Milk Peel is super gentle even on my dry, sensitive, and eczema prone skin. Upon contact on my skin, I did not feel any sting or itchyness. There were no redness after I rinse, and most importantly, it did not trigger any dry patches or my eczema.

After rinsing, my face felt really relieved. It's been a while since I've used any exfoliating products so I guess my skin thanked me for this. The roughness was immediately gone, it was almost as if I got an instant baby face effect. No kidding!

I received this product middle of November and I gave it a full 3 weeks so I can give my full and details review and here's a few things I want to share as well:

  • This Milk Peel is super gentle on the skin.
  • No sting, no itchyness, no redness after - However, on my second try, I do have one huge pimple on my nose that I just popped, so when I applied the Milk Peel, it did sting a little, but only on that area.
  • Follow the 30 - 60 seconds rule - On my 3rd try, I kind of went over 1 minute because I was doing some work while it was on my face and I kind of forgot so it felt like the product was sucking the moisture away from my skin. So, use a timer!
I now use this regularly with my skin care routine and I am super happy! I actually just ordered a new bottle for my aunt to try.

If this product worked it's magic with a skin type like mine, then I can honestly say that this product will also work on you! Trust me!

Grab it while it's still available! :)

Rookie Mommy PH - Goodbye dead skin cells! Hello, flawless, beautiful me!

Our first time flying with PAL with a 3 year old + TIPS

December 3, 2018

Hiya, rookie mommas!

It's been a while since I blogged anything about travel but we're back! Last month, November, me and Arya decided to go visit my mom who's been working in Vietnam for more than 10 years now. I'm used to visiting her at least once a week but I usually opt for Cebu Pacific not because they have cheaper air fare but it's also because the flight hours is a red eye one. And as a mom who's traveling with a kid, a red eye flight is usually a plus for me because she's usually asleep during the entire flight.

This time around, my mom was the one who booked a flight for us and she booked it with our country's flag carrier, Philippine Airlines.

Terminal 2 Experience
It was also our first time flying out form Terminal 2 since we're always flying out of Terminal 3. Terminal 2 was really small, crowded, and I'd say old compared to Terminal 3. Nonetheless, we are really happy that some airport employees and staff was very helpful to us. The lines are always long but the staff are very attentive and they will immediately call my attention and will accompany me and my daughter to the front of the line. This happened to me twice, one in the immigration line and when it was boarding time. Regardless of the seat number or group letter, me and Arya are always the first to go in. 

PAL Experience
There was so much leg room! Now I know why my mom insisted we fly via PAL. There was just so much space. There's pillows, blankets, in-flight meal was already included in our ticket purchase so we don't need to worry about getting hungry during the flight.

My daughter is extremely tall for her age. She's just 3 years old but her height is of a 5 years old already. This is a photo that I took of her when we're going home from Vietnam. We're very lucky that no one is sitting beside us so she gets the whole two seats for herself.

All seats are provided with one pillow. This is my daughter with her own security blanket enjoying her sleep while flying.

See the leg room there? I can literally stretch my legs and I won't hit anything or anyone. Even my knees are comfortable and they're not touching the front seat.

Here's a photo of my daughter and sister sleeping in flight going to Vietnam.

Here's me asking my sister to take a picture of us.

Overall, it was really a pleasant flight. The flight crew are really attentive, always making sure we are okay and asking if we need anything. Me, my daughter, and my sisters enjoyed the flight and we would definitely try to book our flights with PAL moving forward - I do hope they move to Terminal 3 instead because it's much spacious in Terminal 3!

Arriving at Vietnam International Airport.


Arya's first international flight + Tips for your toddler's first plane ride!

  • Check-in all your luggages and only bring 1 hand carry back pack.
  • You can bring baby bottles with water inside and ready to put milk powders.
  • Bring toys or any gadget for distraction and keeping your child busy so they don't disturb other passengers.
  • It's best to feed your child before boarding the plane because chances are high that they won't like to food or they will feel full during the flight.
  • Bring snacks such as cookies, chips, anything your child likes to eat in case he/she gets a little hungry.
  • Bring wet tissue, small alcohol, or lampin, extra diapers in case your child needs changing during the flight.
  • Bring their favorite sleeping buddy. Small pillow, stuffed toy, blanket, anything that will help them calm down.
  • Have your passports, IDs, pen, other important document always within reach.
  • Ask airport staff for help if you need anything.

5 telltale signs you’re constipated

November 16, 2018

Manila, Philippines, November 16, 2018 Discomfort, days of waiting and, sometimes, tears are only some of the things constipated people go through on a daily basis.

You know that expression, “It looks like you’re constipated,” referring to your facial expression? That means you have a pained look; an expression that conveys you’ve been suffering.

The suffering is real. There is no pleasure derived from constipation. A person is supposed to poop every day or at least regularly, not twice a week. Moving your bowels should give you a feeling of relief, not pain and more suffering.

So how do you know you’re constipated? Here are some common signs:

  1. You poop less than three times a week. While it is not true that you should move your bowels every day in order to be in the non-constipated category, less than three times a week is too much. 

  1. Your poop is painful, dry and dark. According to the Bristol Stool Chart, if your stool is hard to pass, lumpy and shaped like nuts, you are constipated. You are doing okay if your stool looks like a sausage, has cracks on the surface and is soft and smooth. It is not true that your stools need to be very soft. In fact, having very soft stools that are bordering on being almost liquid is a sign that there is a problem.

  1. You’re always gassy. Yes, it can be embarrassing to always be farting, especially when you’re in a public place or, heaven forbid, while out on a date! But being flatulent can be a sign of constipation. Yes, farting isn’t necessarily a sign that you’re on the verge of pooping. Having stored feces makes it difficult for a constipation to pass gas normally and this can result in flatulence.

  1. Bleeding. If you see blood in your stool, you may be constipated. Having bloody stools can be caused by anal fissures resulting from hard bowel movement. But it can also mean there is bleeding somewhere in your digestive tract. It is best to have it checked by a doctor.

  1. You need a laxative to poop. Laxatives stimulate the lining of the intestine to haste the stool's journey through the colon. They also help increase stool's hydration.

It’s not true that taking laxatives is an unhealthy habit. There is no evidence that use of stimulant laxatives leads to serious health problems.

With decades of clinically proven efficacy and scientific expertise, Bisacodyl (Dulcolax®) is the No. 1 laxative in the Philippines.

Bisacodyl (Dulcolax®) helps you be in control of your life by helping you poop regularly. If you poop regularly without any straining or pain, you don’t feel bloated or gassy. It can make your life easier. Not worrying about constipation will give you time to enjoy the more important things in life like time with family and friends, traveling, going on adventures and many others.

For more information, visit

All content found in this press release were created for informational purposes only; and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Kindly seek the advice of your attending physician regarding questions you may have about a medical condition. Please do not disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of information you obtained on this press release.