Your skin is your body’s largest organ. A healthy skin helps fight skin aging and other viruses. We all struggle to have glowing and healthy skin. For women, beauty is everything. And having a good skin care routine tells much about you. So how well do you know your skin?
The idea of having a machine that can thoroughly evaluate your skin is somehow refreshing. The VISIA Facial Skin Complexion Analysis machine gives patients objective skin evaluation. It lets you see every detail and gives you a complete picture of your skin health. It doesn’t just evaluate but it helps your doctor determine how to treat your skin related problems and prepare for future aging treatments.
Dr. Neil Oropeza’s clinic is perhaps one of the most innovative clinics in Davao City. It’s the only clinic in Davao that offers PicoSure laser treatments and Visia Skin Complexion Analysis. Dr. Niel Oropeza is a part of my PicoSure laser tattoo removal journey and allowed me to experience the Visia Skin Complexion Analysis device.
Visia captures high-quality facial images to clearly analyze your skin. I was uncomfortable at first but managed to feel at ease because the assistant was really nice and friendly.
How VISIA Facial Complexion Analysis Works
Capturing images from different angles
Visia aims to gather clearly defined visual information on important areas that affect your skin health: pores, red and brown spots, wrinkles, skin texture, color evenness of complexion, UV spots and the presence of bacteria.
Showing porphyrins or presence of acne-causing bacteria in pores
Showing red areas on my face
Showing the brown spots on my face
Using the 3D viewer to clearly see skin problems and damaged skin cells
The result shows my estimated age based on my skin health on the right part of my face. No thanks to my wrinkles, spots and others for making me feel older. As you can see, it says here that my TruSkin age is 33 while my actual age is 28.
The result shows the left part of my face is healthier and younger than the other. My actual age is 28 but my TruSkin age estimate is 23 years old.
Happy with the result 😉
This is the overall result of the Visia Skin Analysis device. The result reveals that I have low UV spots percentage maybe because I work at home so I am not always exposed to the sun. Basically, I have a higher percentage of enlarged pores, red areas and bad skin texture. The result is upsetting yet it’s also helpful because it helps me learn more about my skin health. The treatment is unique and individualized.
How To Treat Acne and Discoloration Through A Machine
I had a sudden acne breakout on my forehead a year ago. My skin is not prone to acne, believe me, my parents didn’t suffer from acne during their younger days. So I thought it must be my hormones. I was convinced it has hormonal acne so I didn’t bother to treat them, I thought they would just go away. But they kept growing. I started to look for effective skin care routines online. I compared the skin routines of different beauty influencers and tried the products they promoted on their YouTube channels. After a few months, I gave up and focused more on taking skin vitamins and birth control pills instead. I also prepared a bottle of sunflower oil to treat acne scars just in case.
The skin vitamins worked but they did not completely get rid of the acne, specifically my whiteheads. Somehow, I became dependent on concealers to hide them whenever I would go out and meet my friends. I thought of trying out new treatments but I thought perhaps it was time to turn to technology.
I went to Oroderm again and the first thing that they recommended was to use the Visia Skin Analysis machine. Before they could proceed with the treatment, they wanted to have a record of my skin health so they can compare if the treatment is effective.
My old VISIA Analysis photo result (forgot to take photos of my latest results) can be used as a reference to clearly show the bacteria prone areas on my face. The result is accurate because my whiteheads would only grow on three specific areas: my forehead, cheeks and along the edge of my nose. Now I’m more careful when it comes to my hairstyle. Since my forehead is prone to acne, I should avoid hairstyles with bangs to avoid whiteheads. Also, I make sure that my hair doesn’t touch my face. I was asked to go back to the clinic after a month and use the machine again.
What I really love about VISIA professional skin machine is that it helps you find the brown spots on your face, acne-prone areas, pores and red areas that we couldn’t fully determine without the machine. The results of the Visia Skin Analysis would be a patient’s baseline for future assessments. You can constantly monitor if there is progress with the treatment, it’s like seeing everything under a microscope where everything is transparent and highly defined.
What To Know About VISIA Facial Skin Complexion Analysis
What is the importance of Visia Complexion Analysis?
The device helps determine what kind of approach and treatment a certain patient needs. It helps to diagnose the problem and formulate unique and specific aesthetic treatments. The treatment is personalized and not generalized.
Does it hurt?
No, it doesn’t. It only captures your facial images so don’t worry, no needles.
How long does it take to finish the procedure?
It only takes a few minutes. It’s like letting a machine do your selfie.
How much does Visia Analysis cost?
It depends on your location and clinic.
A lot of people pay too much for skin treatments especially for those who have acne problems. But the treatment isn’t individualized so maybe that’s the reason why there is no progress with the treatment.
If you’re living in Davao City, you might want to try the Visia Skin Complexion Analysis machine. You may visit:
Dr. Niel Oropeza
Oropeza Dermatology Clinic/ Oroderm
Address: 64, Rizal Extension, Dermhaus Clinic, Davao City, 8000 Davao del Sur
Direct Line: (082)227 3643
I’m the type of person who buys everything online – from my shoes and beauty products to sports equipment and kitchen tools. It’s not easy to buy imported and local beauty products here in the Philippines because they’re mostly available in physical stores or some of them aren’t available in the country. BeautyMNL is one of the leading beauty stores online that offers a variety of products celebrating beauty and femininity.
BeautyMNL sent me an email offering to give me credits and do a site test run review and to try the products they’ve chosen as well. Here are my thoughts:
What I Love About BeautyMNL
The website is very responsive and my shopping experience was hassle free and very convenient. I got my order confirmation email hours after I placed my order.
I love reviews. The site has a customer review section below a specific product, which is really helpful. The reviews are genuine and now that I’m aware of such reviews, each time I search products, I go directly to the review section.
Also, the discounted items are just irresistible! From the first to the last time I checked BeautyMNL, so many products are still on sale, it’s making me crazy!
I got my package two weeks ago and was very excited to try them. Here are my sincere thoughts:
Facial Oil in One (Keeping It Smooth) by Nature Review
While the thought of applying oil on your face may seem unappealing at first, the fact that it’s organic and made of natural ingredients might convince you to buy one.
When I turned 28, I started to feel worried about my aging skin and started searching for tips on how to spot damaged skin. I’m worried about having fine lines so I started applying moisturizers and sunblock creams to moisturize and protect my skin. I’m using Human Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil to naturally lighten my dark under eyes, organic bleaching soap with rosehip and calamansi, tomato toner, castor oil for my hair, cucumber facial mist and other organic local products. You see, I’m very much into anything organic.
Here’s my review of Facial Oil in One By Nature:
What To Love About The Product
It’s 100% natural and organic
The facial oil has no chemical preservatives and artificial coloring. It’s actually a mixture of organic avocado oil, organic sunflower oil, organic jojoba oil and tomato extract. Instead of applying one certain type of oil on your face, you’re using a combination of different organic oils.
It softens and moisturizes
I normally apply the oil on my face at night and my face feels softer in the morning. My face feels moisturized so instead of using my regular moisturizer, I’m now using this oil even at daytime since I’m at home most of the time.
It’s safe for babies too
Because it’s organic, you can also use the oil for your child without worrying about harmful chemicals that most products have. Maybe an ample amount will do.
Non-sticky and unscented
I was worried when I opened the package and found a facial oil bottle among the other items. I’ve tried some beauty oils before and some of them can be sticky and messy. This facial oil isn’t that sticky as compared to other oils. It quickly absorbs to the skin yet it doesn’t dry up. Although I’d want my oil to be scented to give me a relaxing feeling, I think it’s better for an oil to be unscented because synthetic fragrance is not good and sensitive skin reacts to fragrance ingredients.
It doesn’t spill
I’m not a big fan of pump bottles but this one’s better than the ordinary bottles most companies use for their oils. It doesn’t spill because it’s in a pump bottle.
What To Not Love About The Product
None. I love everything about the oil!
Facial Oil in One By Nature is natural and organic. It’s also affordable because it’s only 290php. I love supporting local beauty products that are biodegradable and environment-friendly. Trust men, you can never go wrong with organic products.
Check the product here
Shiseido Tsubaki Oil Extra Intensive Damage Care Shampoo Review
I’m careful when it comes to using hair products because of my bleached hair. As a person who stays at home most of the time, I don’t really use hair conditioner products or hair masks unless if I’m going to attend an event where I need to have a healthy looking hair.
Facts about Tsubaki oil:
Tsubaki oil, or Camellia japonica oil strengthens hair and it helps bring back your hair moisture. It also protects hair from damage because of using hair dryer and hair iron.
I love Shiseido products. I’ve tried Shiseido Tsubaki Hair Conditioner Shining and it made my hair look shiny and natural. Here’s my review of Shiseido Tsubaki Oil Extra Intensive Damage Care Shampoo:
What To Love About The Product
It makes your hair look shiny and natural even without hair conditioner
My hair is damaged and it’s expected that it’s going to be dry and frizzy especially if I don’t apply hair conditioner. After using the shampoo, my hair was shiny and it looked really natural.
It makes your hair softer
Here in the Philippines where it’s always hot and humid, having a dull dry hair is quite normal. I turn to hair masks and conditioners. I don’t always have time to make DIY organic coconut oil hair treatment so I have to use commercial conditioners instead.
One of the reasons why we use hair conditioners is to have softer hair. What’s amazing about the Shiseido Tsubaki shampoo is that it makes your hair softer and somehow moisturized. It’s empowering not to use hair conditioners to have smoother hair.
What To Not Love About The Product
Your hair feels rough while wet
Your hair doesn’t feel soft when it’s still wet. It only feels smoother when it gets dry.
It’s a bit disappointing to know that the shampoo doesn’t make your hair smell good. I think shampoos just don’t make your hair feel clean but they should also make your hair smell like flowers or anything feminine.
The Shiseido Tsubaki Oil Extra Intensive Damage Care Shampoo is one of the best shampoo brands I’ve ever tried. It makes your hair look natural and healthy. It’s not a cheap shampoo brand I tell you, but it’s totally worth it.
Check the product here
Made by David Organics Orange and Vanilla Dry Shampoo Review
With a chemically damaged hair like mine, washing my hair is one of the most heartbreaking things in the world, next to being dumped through social media. My bleached hair is dry and it gets drier everyday because I need to wash my hair unless I want it to look like a fake wig. Once a month, I try to make my own coconut hair treatment oil yet one of the saddest things about applying coconut oil on your hair is that it slightly smells and can be disturbing especially if you’re in an event or a party where people are sitting next to each other.
What I learned about bleached hair is that it shouldn’t be washed all the time, no overexposure to the sun and most importantly, use a dry shampoo instead of the regular one. I’ve always wanted to buy one but I don’t want to spend too much dinero on popular dry shampoo brands like Toni and Guy or Tresemme. Thanks to BeautyMNL for sending me a dry shampoo that’s natural and organic.
Here’s my review of Made by David Organics Orange and Vanilla Dry Shampoo:
What To Not Love About The Product
Smells sweet and nice
The dry shampoo smells better than Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific. Well, what do you expect from an orange and vanilla dry shampoo powder? I love that it makes everybody believe that you just sprayed hair fragrance spray. One of my problems whenever I skip washing my hair is the smell of dust and dirt. It’s a relief that it absolutely smells terrific, making you feel refreshed all day.
It absorbs dirt and oil
A dry shampoo’s job is to absorb oil and dirt and so far, Made by David’s dry shampoo did absorb oil. You just need to massage your hair and blend.
I love how it increases my hair volume as long as the powder reaches the roots or oily parts of the hair.
Majority of beauty consumers realize the importance of reliable beauty product containers only when they travel or when they’re spilled inside their bags or pouches. I love that the powder doesn’t spill and the cap is reliable.
The product is way cheaper than other popular brands like Tony & Guy. It’s being sold for only 250php at BeautyMNL.
Nobody can resist a cute packaging. The color of the packaging is too cute you won’t ever think twice of carrying the product with you anytime anywhere. Also, I love that the bottle is made of plastic and not glass so you don’t need to worry about breaking it.
Made by David Organics is a local brand and I always recommend local beauty products to my friends simply because they know what suits our needs. Also, local products are sometimes organic and use less harmful chemicals.
What To Not Love About The Product
The powder residue might make you sneeze
I don’t have severe allergies and no history of allergic rhinitis. I’ve always hated powdered products and I must say that the powder kept me sneezing for a long time. If you are sensitive when it comes to dust particles and powder, I recommend putting very small amount of powder on your scalp. Don’t forget to blend the powder on your hair with enough patience.
Spray nozzle works better
I was a bit surprised when I opened the product because I expected that it was going to be a dry shampoo with spray nozzle. It didn’t have a nozzle so I realized it’s a bit troublesome to use a powdered dry shampoo.
A bit messy if not done properly
Using a dry shampoo can be messy for first time users. The first time I used it, the powder was all over my forehead.
Made by David Dry Shampoo makes your hair look shiny and healthy at a very affordable price. It’s convenient especially if you’re always on the go because it’s lightweight. Also, the best thing about it is it makes your hair sweet smelling.
Check the product here
I love my BeautyMNL haul! It’s nice to get to try the products and share my experience. BeautyMNL doesn’t just sell products but they also share beauty related articles. You can check their in-house magazine Bloom and read customer reviews here.
Rest in peace matte lipsticks, may you find solace inside my refrigerator (refrigerate your lipsticks at your own risk). I’m almost done with matte lipsticks and though I’m sometimes tempted to buy Kylie lipsticks every time I see Kylie Jenner’s Instagram account, I’m in a happy relationship with my lip tints – I feel young and very Korean since Korean makeup mostly includes eyeliners and lip tints. You can be Lee Min Ho’s Suzy Bae with a pink lip tint. Lip tints just keep my mind working each time I see Lee Min Ho in a dark suit. And don’t forget the cheek tints – they make you look younger. What a cute way to cheat aging.
I’ve posted my Benefit Benetint review before and though I have positive views about Benefit Lip and Cheek Tint, I still continue looking for cheaper alternatives. A friend recommended KJM Cheek and Lip Stains since it’s a Davao-based company and all products are organic. I’m not a native of Davao City but this is my second home since I’ve been staying here for almost 14 years and it’s good to hear that we have locally made lip tints patronized nationwide. Although I’ve done some laser tattoo removal sessions a few months back and I openly support people who choose to undergo plastic surgeries, I still choose natural products to enhance my looks. Also, I love organic beauty products. I choose organic products for my skin nowadays after I had my skin health evaluation to help skin doctors determine how to treat skin related problems. It’s good to look beautiful by applying your favorite makeup products without any worries if the products contain harmful chemicals that are bad for you. That’s why I love SkinFood because of their all natural based cosmetic products. The prices are higher as compared to other Korean products but I trust them better than Etude especially when it comes to skincare products.
What to love about KJM Lip Stains ♥
Variety of shades
Although Benefit’s Benetint lasts longer, as far as I know, they only have four shades available and the colors are similar. I was ignorant to believe that lip tints are only available in pink and red shades. KJM offers a variety of colors and I love all of them. Having different shades means having different cheek colors to match your lips. The shades are beautiful. You can put it unevenly if you want your lips to look like your favorite Korean stars. I bought three KJM Cheek and Lip tints and here are my thoughts about their shades:
KJM Pink Puff Tint
I love that it blends perfectly with the natural color of my lips. It looks subtle and natural. It also gives a nice shade for your cheeks especially if you have a fair complexion.
The color is great. Last year, I purchased MAC Instigator because the shade reminds me of Drew Barrymore or Buffy The Vampire Slayer or 90s girls who are always the movie antagonists because they wear darker lipstick shades. Although my MAC Instigator’s really good, I realized it’s not for me, it’s too matte and attention-grabbing. Thanks to KJM Bewitched, I can wear a darker shade without worrying much about my having my lips look too defined.
A lot of girls will surely love this bloody red shade. I’m not really a fan of blood red lips so this is my least favorite among my lip tints. My friend who loves red lipsticks likes wearing this shade. Not everybody can pull off wearing a very red lipstick and that includes me. I prefer the Bittersweet Magenta because the color is somehow similar to Benetint’s rose-tinted cheek and lip stain.
It quickly dries up
After application, it dries up easily making the color appear subtle yet natural. I love that it dries up quickly because it stays on and naturally blends with the lips. It’s a bit watery yet pigmented.
Though Benefit Benetint lasts longer, as compared to other cheaper cheek and lip tints, KJM lip stains stay longer, especially on your cheeks. For the lips, the stain doesn’t last long as compared to your cheeks. You still need to reapply after eating or drinking.
It’s not easy to find cheap cosmetic products nowadays. And while I’ve been using Benetint for almost three years now, I still look for cheaper alternatives that’s why if you check my pouch, I have cheek and lip tints from Etude, Body Shop, and Tony Moly. But KJM Cheek and Lip Stains are way cheaper than any of such cosmetic brands. The lip tint is available for only 110php so what’s not to love about this product?
Everybody wants organic products. It’s one way to feel less guilty about eating junk foods and not exercising a lot. As much as possible, I try to buy organic and natural products. For my dark under eyes, I apply organic sunflower oil from Human Nature ( you can check my Human Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil review). I useHuman Nature’s Tomato Facial Scrub for my face and Human Nature’s 100% natural mosquito repellent spray whenever I do outdoor activities. It’s a relief that KJM Lip and Cheek Tints are natural and organic.
It has no smell. I was told by a friend who bought a fake KMJ lip tint that the fake ones had very strong smell.
I love the packaging and the container because it’s not prone to spilling. It’s a roll-on type of lip and cheek stain that you can slip inside your pouch or pockets without spilling a single drop.
What I don’t like about the product Χ
Stays longer on the cheeks rather than lips
I love lip tints and the fact that KJM Stain lasts longer on the cheeks rather than lips is frustrating.
KMJ Cheek and Lip Tint is the cheapest, safest and one of the best products I bought so far. I’d definitely recommend it to my friends and to those cheek and lip tints addicts out there.
Using KMJ Bewitched Lip Stain
For Davao-based buyers, you can visit their store at:
Sonia’s Gift Shop, Aldevinco Shopping Center, CM Recto Street, Davao City, 8000
I planned to stay sober last Friday but was confronted by the fact that I couldn’t stay sober and alcohol and good music are meant to make you feel immortal for a day or two. Anne Sexton couldn’t even stay sober. She talked to me in my sleep telling me I would live forever as long as I write and drink and write and drink. But it’s a struggle to be poetic with or without alcohol.
Last Friday’s gig wasn’t merely about the launching of Kanubis Clothing but it was also about Mindanao bands and musicians, great music, free tattoo session by Tattoo Avenue, free shirts by Nine Nails and the artistic atmosphere of ZLeaf Bar.
Here are my thoughts about the gig performances:
JKid (Nhorm Quesada)
JKid is a rapper from Cotabato City who finds comfort creating music. He battles his own demons through music and struggles to find inner peace performing the rap songs he originally wrote for the past years.
One of my favorites is the song entitled “Ana”. It’s about a sex worker named Ana who offers sex services to support her grandmother’s medical expenses. It might sound like a typical story of most Filipinas who cannot find decent jobs here in the Philippines so they’re forced to become sex workers. But unlike songs that talk about prostitution and poverty, the whole song is not about blaming poverty and the society.
What I love about the song is how it provokes you to unconsciously imagine the whole scenario as you listen to her story, in his own words. I love the details and the tone of the speaker, giving you an impression that like her customers, he’s also drawn to her, sexualizes her yet a part of him also feels bad for her.
He doesn’t preach, but he tells you every scene pretending not to sound obscene. The obscenity lies not in its language but its images. My poetry teacher’s line will forever live within me – “Show, don’t tell.” Like Marshall Mathers’ songs, JKid’s songs are not the usual rap about sex, twerking women and flashy cars. I don’t hate rap artists that talk about such things in their songs, it’s just that they tell same stories they become boring. Most of JKid’s songs are somehow related to social awareness and his life experiences. To tell a vivid story and provoke emotion in three or four lines is a skill and Marshall Mathers does it all the time. Sad to say, the only thing that some people remember about Em is his “mom’s spaghetti”. It’s an effective representation of his nervousness and being in an awkward situation.
JKid continues to remind me that while rap is also a form of poetry, rap songs should not be criticized based on their meanings but their musical flow and rhythm as well. In literary theory, if I remember correctly, form and meaning are inseparable. In a formalist approach, the literary meaning of a particular literary work can only be achieved through its form and literary devices. When it comes to lyrics of songs, I think it’s inappropriate to criticize songs based on content alone. Don’t forget musicality and rhythm. That’s why until now I still can’t understand why some men from the literary society said that the “The Bohemian Rhapsody” isn’t very poetic at all, saying it is even meaningless. I adore Freddie Mercury and I think the melody, the lyrics, and the musicality are beautiful.
Side of the Moon
Side of the Moon made me more excited to hear Tool live. I rarely hear bands perform Tool covers. Also, maybe I was a bit nostalgic, annoying and drunk. I don’t openly worship them maybe because when I listen to music I’m more on the atmosphere, emotions and nostalgia. Side of the Moon performed well and I believe they left an impression on the audience.
Amana’s music is refreshing and can be nostalgic as well. Gojira, Tool, Deftones and Lamb of God are some of the musical influences of the band’s musicality, although Tool and Deftones have the strongest influences in most of their songs. I’ve listened to Amana’s raw riffs many times, leaving me an impression that they constantly aim to achieve sound progression. For me, there must be a sense of progression in terms of flow and sound in order to add excitement and definitely to provoke. I don’t know with you, but for me, music or art, in general, must be provocative.
Another interesting fact about Amana is that their drummer is a female. You see many female band members playing the guitar but you don’t often see girls play the drums. I think it goes against the common perception that girls cannot understand music and its technicality.
The guitarist whom I know very well is very meticulous when it comes to their music’s flow and musicality. Following Amana’s creative process, somehow there is a struggle to create something unconventional. The band even defies doing covers, all of the songs they play are originally composed. I think that’s the purpose of forming a band, to create and not just to recreate.
Amana’s Official Page
Photo by Enzo Henri Chua
My first impression: Psychedelic. And they like effects. The vocalist has a psychedelic aura and listening by the way the vocalist sings takes me somewhere trippy and nice and wonderful. Also, I adore the fact that they play their original songs, I believe it’s one way to promote local bands.
Project Satellite Official Facebook Page
We Killed Samantha
I was already intoxicated when they started performing on stage. The only thing I remember was hearing them play “Omerta” and how excited I was when I heard them play. I feel lucky because the first time I heard Omerta live was played by Lamb of God itself two years ago when they visited the Philippines for the third time. They did “Redneck” and although something was a bit missing, perhaps the very low tune guitars made it difficult to achieve full clarity of sound, the vocalist’s presence was undeniably powerful.
We Killed Samantha definitely killed it.
We Killed Samantha Official Facebook Page
Forgive me but alcohol disabled me mentally that I didn’t have the chance to hear BackStabells, Die Glocke and Odds and Evens play. What a shame.
I went home with my heart full. I was inspired by the camaraderie among bands and the strong passion for art and self expression.
Photo by Enzo Henri Chua
Photo by Enzo Henri Chua
Thanks to DemiGods Production and ManDieMuzik for organizing the event.
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She knew the language of the sea. She could converse well with the sighs of the waves. Like a chameleon, she could change her skin and become another woman. She was a reptile. Her skin tasted like salt and lost adventures. She knew the secrets of the sun, carefully decoded them. She should know – she was born on a summer day.
The universe was drawn to her. The flowers, grasses and trees – they all responded to her, felt her. She was a scientific pantheist. She was a river, satisfying the thirst of the earth, purified it. She was the wind, breathing out life. When she was a little girl, her father said she was born a seahorse. She was a seahorse or anything she wanted to be. She was nature, nature was her. She revered the universe.
She was drawn to riddles. To things that she could not decipher. Mathematical equations. Housewives who allowed themselves only to be defined by an American English dictionary. House + wife = a compound noun. They are not just housewives, but they’re women, mothers and adventurers. So-called science fiction movies defying science. People who made religion a circus of some sort. And men. Articulate men who could not fake orgasms, only diction and emotion. Men who feed on women’s souls.
She was the epiphany. She was the epiphany of her characters. She was the creator, her characters glorified her. She cried and shared victories with them. Sympathy and empathy. She wasn’t too literary but literature was her catharsis. Literature defined her, purged her. She adored Amy Homes. She envied her passion, her skill to weave thoughts and shape her characters, words, and stories to achieve sublimity. She found respite in every structured and unstructured lines, metaphors, and rhythm. She was poetic, but not quite.
She was the antithesis of parallel thoughts, ideas. Theoretically. Hypothetically.