Pore Clogging Ingredients

There several things to be keen of and to avoid putting in your skin. If you have oily skin like I do, then you must be very cautious of the ingredients of your skin care regimen. It does not always mean that it is “hypoallergenic”, “non-comedogenic”, “oil-free” or “natural” that is immediately good for your skin.

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Popular brands may label it safe and for oily acne prone skin but still be very mindful of each ingredients… and I mean check all the ingredients! Remember, oily acne prone skin sheds five (5) times dead skin cells which when mixed with oil would clog the pores. Again, you can never achieve your desired acne free skin if you do not eliminate these pore clogging ingredients:

Acetylated Lanolin
Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol
Algae Extract
Butyl Stearate
Cetyl Acetate
Cetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth 20
Chondrus Crispus (aka Irish Moss or Carageenan Moss)
Coal Tar
Cocoa Butter
Coconut Alkanes
Coconut Butter
Coconut Oil
Colloidal Sulfur
Cotton Awws Oil
Cotton Seed Oil
D & C Red # 17
D & C Red # 21
D & C Red # 3
D & C Red # 30
D & C Red # 36
Decyl Oleate
Dioctyl Succinate
Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2- Sulfosuccinate
Ethoxylated Lanolin
Ethylhexyl Palmitate
Glyceryl Stearate SE
Glyceryl-3 Diisostearate
Hexadecyl Alcohol
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
Isocetyl Alcohol
Isocetyl Stearate
Isodecyl Oleate
Isopropyl Isostearate
Isopropyl Linolate
Isopropyl Myristate
Isopropyl Palmitate
Isostearyl Isostearate
Isostearyl Neopentanoate
Laminaria Digitata Extract
Laminaria Saccharina Extract (Laminaria Saccharine)
Lauric Acid
Mink Oil
Myristic Acid
Myristyl Lactate
Myristyl Myristate
Octyl Palmitate
Octyl Stearate
Oleyl Alcohol
PEG 16 Lanolin
PEG 200 Dilaurate
PEG 8 Stearate
PG Monostearate
PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate
Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate
Potassium Chloride
Propylene Glycol Monostearate
Red Algae
Shark Liver Oil (Squalene)
Shea Butter
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Solulan 16
Sorbitan Oleate
Soybean Oil
Steareth 10
Stearic Acid Tea
Stearyl Heptanoate
Sulfated Castor Oil
Sulfated Jojoba Oil
Wheat Germ Glyceride
Wheat Germ Oil

Also, do not take supplements that has Biotin as this will encourage rapid shedding of skin, meaning to say, the number of times your skin sheds is multiplied. Now, this is something to be cautious of. For normal skin, this is something healthy but for oily acne prone skin this is alarming. Normal skin sheds 1 to 2 times only, so, be careful including your food take and supplements.

P.S. These includes makeups, food supplements and skin care essentials. 🙂




Second Chances


Whoever you are you deserve a second chance to rectify and improve yourself, to reach that degree of happiness and attain your goal. We all make mistakes big or small, it should be an avenue for improvement. Discern and think about it many times. Listen to advises, read books but most importantly evaluate the outcome. Take control of your life and take information with a grain of salt. At the end of the day, your life is your accountability.

Life does not come with a manual and each breath you take is not a guarantee that you will still have tomorrow to make amendments. Mistakes may be forgiven but not forgotten and despite all the numerous blessings you imparted still that single mistake you made resonates. It is better to take your time for a moment rather than a lifetime of regret. So, be careful on your judgments and actions.

Shatter your bad memories, you cannot move on and welcome positive possibilities if the baggage of yesteryears are on

……I am sleepy as of the moment, will continue writing as soon as I am recharged. hehe. take care!

February 13, 2018

Am I just in time for the Valentines day? hahahah!

Well, I am wide awake now.. mind, body and soul. ^_- (thats a winkie. lol)

Talking about second chances, no, do not give those freely to undeserving individuals who used you during good times and jumps right out of the boat when the tides not favorable. Whether in lovelife, friendship or whatever instances you are in. We all deserve someone who do not leaves us either through thick and thin!

May we all find that person in the right time or if no one else comes along, do not worry, you are strong and independent. Make your family and friends your source of happiness and strive to do good always.










One Week Pimple Free Challenge

As of this writing, I am going to try the One Week Pimple Free Challenge.

In my previous post I have mentioned taking supplements to help clear my skin. So far, it helped me have a radiant glow in my skin. My purpose is not just for my skin but for overall wellness as I am exposed to dust, sun exposure, stress, and hormonal imbalance. Currently, my sister and I both have pimples. We tried swapping our favorite facial cleanser with LACTACYD BLUE. Just after three days, my sister’s pimples dried out. She’s applying PONDS to erase the acne scars at daytime and BEAUCHE at night. This works for her well! Her skin type is normal to dry skin. She is also not exposed to dust and sun.

As for me, my skin type is oily. My acne problems are worse than my sister’s. I also started using LACTACYD BLUE. Tonight I will start my new anti-pimple concoction. It’s CELETEQUE ACNE SOLUTIONS TONER, DALACIN-C 150mg, VIT A, VIT E, and SUNBLOCK. The procedure is simple, just pierce and put everything in the Celeteque toner, apply to your skin using cotton pads. Use this morning and night.

According to http://celeteque.com/acne-solution/oil-control-toner/, help soothe the skin while removing last traces of stubborn dirt that can lead to unwanted acne. Hypoallergenic and safe for everyday use. Its ingredients are as follows:

Water, Ethyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Panthenol, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Extract, Allantoin, Chamomilla recutita (Chamomile) Extract, Sodium PCA, Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate.

Dalacin as reviewed by https://www.dokteronline.com/en/dalacin-c#what-is-dalacin-c is used for treating bacterial infections and infections with certain parasites, including:

  • Pneumonia, sinus infection, acute bronchitis and other respiratory infections;
  • Skin infections;
  • Infections of the bone and joints;
  • Infections of the abdominal cavity;
  • Malaria;
  • Trichomoniasis;
  • Bacterial vaginosis.

As stated by https://www.theskincareclinic.com.au/vitamin-a-essential-for-your-skin/, Vitamin A works by:

  • Normalises blood flow – taking nutrients and oygen to the cells.
  • Helps to reduce the symptoms of rosacea
  • Increases the rate of wound healing – treats acne scarring
  • Exfoliates – making skin smooth and even-toned
  • Repairs the cellular structure of the epidermis – optimising your UV protection
  • Decreases clustering of melanin granules – so reducing brown spots or pigmentation
  • Decreases sebum production and thus treats acne brilliantly
  • Promotes a healthy cellular membrane – improving hydration
  • Helps in the eradication of pre-cancerous skin lesions
  • Improves hydration both in and around the cell by doing all of the above – decreasing wrinkles!

Vitamin E, an all time skin favorite is an antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin!

I will post before and after pictures to see the difference. I hope this works!


12-16-17. I have not started the one week pimple free challenge yet, but I am so excited ^_^!



12-19-17. My pimples started drying on my third day of application.


12-22-17. Almost all pimples dried on my sixth day.

Verdict: I had positive results for the first week. My pimples dried out, but, other portions of my face also dried 😦 My pimples are back on my second week. I guess its getting immune to my concoction. Basically, the bacteria are stronger now and it is not doing good especially to my skin in general.

Recommendation: DO NOT USE THIS CONCOCTION! There is a reason why VIT A, VIT E and DALACIN-C are taken orally. It should not be applied directly to skin.

LUCKY BAMBOO (Dracaena Sanderana)

Greetings of happiness, luck and fortune!

I am excited to share to you my hobby which is gardening. Indoor plants excite me the most since I do not have the luxury to own a spacious backyard. In the Philippines, the climate is humid all year round and I was thinking of plants that requires less care but aesthetically fits my personality. Growing up, my family adopted a touch of different cultures as we welcome ideas from other cultures that we find beneficial. My paps (father) used to work abroad and his bosses are from different nationalities. He would share what his friends and workmates do and we kind of adopted it as well. My ma (mother) on the other hand, loves to cook and create hobbies she learned in the magazine, television or through her friends. To cut it short, we are open to different cultural practices.

Every year, we also acknowledge Chinese celebrations like the Chinese Year, Mooncake Festival and Ghost month. My ma would buy all round fruits, wear red clothes and prepare sweet sticky foods for us to eat. She has emblems and luck symbols placed near our dining and living room. Feng Shui is nothing new to me as a kid.

At present, my hobby is running, gardening, reading self-help books, cooking pastas and spending time with my pet Jackie. As a self proclaimed gardener, the plants I grow are Feng Shui plants. More particularly those that requires less maintenance. Either I grow a water loving plant or drought resistant plant. To name a few of my plants, I have the following: snake plant, spider plant, chrysanthemum, aloe vera, boston fern, and lucky bamboo!


Stalks have meanings: 1- commitment.2- love/relationship.3.- happiness, wealth, and long life.4.-BAD LUCK.5- wealth: spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, and intuitive.6-good luck and wealth.7-good health.8-growth, fertility.9-great luck.10-perfection.21-powerful blessing.

My favorite among my plants is the lucky bamboo or Dracaena Sanderana. It is very easy to care for. It does nor require fertilizers and direct sunlight. It is an indoor plant that has all the five elements in Feng Shui. For someone who does not have a green thumb, this is the ultimate plant for you! According to some Feng Shui experts, the lucky bamboo plant is the most powerful of all Feng Shui plants. It has been associated with prosperity, wealth and good luck. It is an auspicious belonging to the giver and the receiver.

Quite some time now, my love for lucky bamboo grew even more! I enjoyed propagating it! I shared my lucky bamboo photos over social media, decorating it using beads, stones, pots, different sizes and designing it like a tower, building or anything I have in mind…. my friends like it too! They saw the beauty and some of them wanted to have on their own. At first, I just gave my lucky bamboos to friends for good luck but their requests increased and a friend of mine suggested to have it as a business. And lo and behold, I am now selling lucky bamboos at a minimum price! Ha ha! I am just getting luckier with my lucky bamboo.

I do not have a shop yet, but, it is my future plan. I am expanding my knowledge in Feng Shui plants. I am forever thankful for the enjoyment gardening has brought me more so with the opportunity of doing it as a business. Orders are rushing for wedding giveaways, seminar tokens, souvenirs, token of appreciation, and gifts! Receiving orders through email and through referrals also reached abroad. The good luck is for real in lucky bamboo.

Below is the link for orders: ^_^


Love after breakup and moving on xoxo

Hello world! ^______^ I am in love!

It has been nine months after my boyfriend and I broke up. It was not a good story. But, it was a good experience. Everyone is replaceable. Change is not easy but its purpose is to teach us valuable lessons. I have moved on! 🙂 Broken hearts can love again. Sweeter and lovelier than ever! We will constantly meet people who is better than our partner. The thing about commitment is even with the flaws and disadvantages of our partner, we will always choose him or her over anyone else. I guess my past relationships lack on that side. I was left as always. Ha ha ha! My resiliency and fierceness is superior than my yesteryear. Big congratulations to myself for surviving all the heartaches. No to depression again!


So many lessons I learned. The ultimate measurement that the place you once reserved for your special one is vacant is through your ability to smile and laugh at your stupid actions – on why you chose your ex and stayed that long in your relationship. ha ha ha! …They no longer occupy your mind. The thought that both of you getting back together is pointless with the trust issues and serves no purpose to keep on tolerating it. That there is someone better than that person. And lastly, you prayed for the right one and your ex is not the right one yet. It is good that you let your ex go so the best one can come into your life. Smile! Life is good! You can never appreciate love if you have never experienced pain. Acknowledge that you are hurt then let go of it one step at a time. Cry. Tears are expression of strength and not weakness. Also, KARMA is real ^_^ If you have loved deeply and it was not reciprocated and worst is you have been cheated… worry NOT because God is your witness and somehow the love you gave will return in the future and a better partner will come along soon.

Just in case you are having depression, get a professional help. You are not insane. You are on your way to being the best version of yourself and experts are there to help you get through this tough time. Know that for every pain is a reward waiting. Nothing is wrong with you. Attachment is not easy to let go especially if you have invested so much time and effort. But for sure, once you are back to being a happy person you will discover strengths unspeakable of. Wisdom comes from hardships and pain. Everyone faces it. You will be wiser, too. So, hang in there there’s brighter days ahead. Maybe you can see yourself in any of these stages…


I feel great to have moved on and I love it. xoxo! Hello, Mr. Right!

Getting Rid of Acne

I just turned 30! It has been a while that I did not experience acne breakouts. Adult acne is a major turn off for a single woman wanting to enjoy life and searching for Mr. Right! LOL. My dilemma started last quarter of this year (2017). I was not getting enough sleep due to my busy schedule.

Anyway, my acne spur suddenly. Just one day, I scrubbed my face and got tiny blotches afterwards. I slept and when I woke up I had tiny bumps. Those tiny bumps later turned pimples! I stopped putting astringents and stick to moisturizers since I was thinking that I put on harsh chemicals. It did not stop the growth. Pimples spread all over my face. Perhaps my environment is the culprit. I just got hired and my work entails both office and field work. I am exposed to direct sunlight, dust and bacteria (?), since I am working in the hospital. <NO, I am not a nurse. hehe. I will have another entry for my work>.

As of this writing, my pimples dried out. I am hopeful that by the end of this year, my face will clear out. So, here’s what I did: I stopped putting concealers and makeups, I wash my face with mild soap, I only use sunblock at daytime. No moisturizers and pricking. I drink two liters of water a day. I take LACTEZIN, FERN-C and MYRA E. I started this routine on December 4, 2017. I will post my photos to document the improvements.

lactezin.png    fern c  myra-e-vitamin-e-400-iu-capsule-10-s

Prices: Lactezin – Php 20.00; Fern-C – Php 7.00; Myra-e – Php 12.00

My plan is to find hypoallergenic cleanser, toner and moisturizer. I am also researching on aesthetic procedures like diamond peeling and micropeeling. Also, I promise not to edit my photos to be honest on my improvements. I will update this blog until my face will be back to normal.

Update as of 12-16-17: I stopped taking Lactezin. It did not helped in minimizing my acne although it made my skin supple. I still take vitamin c and vitamin e. I am increasing my water intake to at least 3 liters a day. I will also start my one week pimple free challenge tonight.


Crash Diet or Some Sort

Sometimes when we become so comfortable and “happy” in our routine or just had something new in our routine like having a new job, enrolling in school, and even having additional tasks like helping out a friend and family member in a semi-permanent transition period, changes our “healthy” lifestyle. The exercises and calorie counting are temporarily set aside because it is time-consuming and requires a lot of our energy. Then without being conscious about it, we become comfortable with the new “unhealthy” lifestyle. Only then we remember about it when we experience heartaches or sickness or even when we go to the shopping malls and the once small or medium size is now XL or XXL! In my case, that is how I was reminded. I had been lazy and wasted myself in stress eating.

I am very conscious of my skin and face but somehow forgot to take care of my body. Beauty is not just about face and skin. It is an overall feeling good and looking good. I am not an advocate of skinny-model-like figure. It is all about improving and maintaining your assets.

So, January 1st I weighed 144 lbs. Right now (01/19/17) I am 133 lbs. Two years ago, I weighed 112 lbs. I am 29 years old, 163cm in height and have a sedentary lifestyle. My target goal is 121 lbs. In having this I customize everything! From calories, exercise, sleep, and perspective.

If you will ask me I did not do any crash diets. I will tell you my regimen and basic reminders.

First. Accept the fact that you are unhealthy and you need to change. But, do not self-pity. Instead, put a reminder in your room a note like “you can do it, beautiful!”, “you are strong to make a change”, “you are awesome”.  I believe the brain is so powerful that if you think positively tat it will reflect in your entire body. Mine goes like this….



You can do it! ^_^


Second. Avoid starchy, sugary, salty, oily, processed foods. And that extends to condiments like ketchup, oyster sauce, etc. Use rock salt and do not add sodium glutamate. Prepare your food and do not buy from fast foods or restaurants.  Be careful even if it’s soup as most soups contain starchy ingredients like flour, cornstarch or any of those kinds. Do not substitute a meal with Knorr soups. If you check their nutrition facts most says 50 kcal per 16g serving. But! Look at the ingredients, there’s msg, sugar, salt, cornstarch, soy sauce and a lot more. If you consume more than 2 cups then might as well eat rice or white bread. Be careful, it looks light but not healthy. You can prepare your own soup instead and you can divide it and eat in two meals.



These are delicious but do not consume more than 1 cup! 


Third. Measure the calories and do not substitute natural foods with low-calorie snack bars or drinks. Most of those used artificial sweeteners which are not healthy. Eat natural! Fruits and vegetables. But do not consume a lot of fruits and vegetables since some contain a lot of starch and sugar. Use a guide like fitness pal in knowing the calorie content. Normally 1 cup measures 236.588 ml and not your usual big cup.

Do not skip a meal. Eat frequent small meals that are about 200 to 250 calories per meal. So, if you eat 4 to 5 times a day the total calories would be around 1,250. Avoid getting hungry as this will give you impulse of dissatisfaction and may eventually cut you in your fitness goal. Eat rich protein foods. Avoid artificial sweeteners, dried processed snacks, and energy drinks. I recommend apples. I promise you will have a healthy bowel the next day. Here is my snack that is roughly 300 calories…



Yakult. Medium size boiled egg. Medium size apple.


Fourth. Fight water retention by exercising and drinking 2 liters of water a day. Most of the weight is water and not fats. In order to flush those, you must drink plenty of water. You can drink tea or coffee without sugar as an alternative to water. But, remember not to drink in excess of 2 cups a day.

Exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Make sure you do stretching before exercising. There is no need to go to the gym really. You just need to sweat and move as much as you can. I am at home and these are the exercises…



1 min planking. 20 crunches. 5 mins hula-hoop. 10mins dumbells. 3 mins stretching. 10 mins fast rope. I also play dance music to keep my work out enjoyable =)


Fifth. Record your weight every morning. I am sure you will lose weight. 100%. Ideally, women should consume 1,500 calories while men should consume 2,500. You can modify it to 1,200 a day for women and 2,000 for men. You can only achieve losing those weights if you reduce your calories too. For a week you can lose 1 to 2 pounds!

Sixth. Yes, cheat day is ok. But make sure it’s just 1 or 2 cheat days in a month and work out more after. Eat those chocolates, pizza, pasta and chips. But, if you can control you can just make your own healthy snack 🙂

Invest in yourself! Stay strong, confident and beautiful! -Judi

Chicken Skin Disease or Keratosis Pilaris

It has been more than six months having this rough bumpy skin in my upper arms.  Not painful but not good to look at either. I ignored it at first thinking it will just go away and I associate it allergies. I become more conscious of its appearance as it worsens and rougher. It looks like a chicken skin. A friend of mine told me one day that I should not be scared or nervous. I was so calm at that time. I asked her what made think I was scared. She simply replied, “you are having goosebumps, look at your skin!” That was the time decided to take any action as the chicken skin worse.


Chicken skin disease or Keratosis Pilaris can happen to anyone and is a common skin disorder. It is not a symptom of cancer or any life threating disease. Topical use of ointments, steroids will not instantly cure it. Also, it is not curable but with constant exfoliation and deep moisturization, it improves over time.

There are no other symptoms or complications for Keratosis Pilaris. It is also not contagious. The causes are unknown. But, just to make sure see your dermatologist.

If you want to know what I did, I bought a luffa, spa salt and a deep moisturizing lotion. I use the spa salt and luffa 4x a week in my morning bath and the deep moisturizing lotion every day. It took a month before my skin starts improving. I also take multivitamins.


I hope I was able to shed some light on your chicken skin problem 🙂


Elance® and oDesk® = Upwork Online Job

Hi! I am not going to post about how scared, sad, depressed I am because this post is but my first try to get a freelance job on the internet. Yes, my state of mind is to be as productive as possible even when I am at home.

There are many websites offering online jobs. Click ads, answering surveys and even doing making a website or domain can be one of those. But for a non-techie like me, I prefer administrative or virtual jobs. This may range from being a personal assistant to data entry.

In my search for jobs, I came across with Upwork. It is the new name of Odesk in partnership with Elance. You can read about their history in this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upwork.

I have heard many successful stories in landing a job at Upwork. So, I tried.

For beginners like me, make sure you have a webcam, high-speed internet not lower than 2mbps, a ready resume or CV, a headset, a PayPal account and/or bank account, and lastly a scanned government issued ID.

The website is easy to navigate. Just sign-up and follow the instructions. It will be a big plus if you take online tests found in the “Find Work” button. Submit as many proposals as possible. Anyway, you can see the limit of how many you are allowed to submit on the right side of the job postings.

My tip is to showcase your experiences and skills. Be more concrete in giving samples. Do not rate yourself more than you are capable off. Be honest about your knowledge and skills as employers are serious and can report you and possibly ban you in Upwork. Respond to invitations right away since time is money and most if not all are always on the rush. Be punctual to interviews, remember that they could be in a different time zone.

Constantly improve your profile. Proofread before submitting but be quick in sending your applications. There are millions of online job seekers and you cannot miss an opportunity if are too slow.

Currently, I have 2 pending candidacies with 1 approved job. The payment varies and depends on your agreement with the employer. For beginners, building your portfolio should be your first concern as this will impress future employers.

I wish you the best of luck! It is easy if we put dedication to our work.



Breakup and the Future

Breakups are never easy. The pain is unbearable. But, hey! You will be fine eventually. Knowing your inner strength and having a new set of goals is a challenge. Cry if you must. Do not hold back tears. Express it in arts, writing, singing, exercising or focusing on your career or studies. But, chin up, always dress on how you like. Build yourself up. You are a phoenix rising from the ashes, powerful and strong. And, just in case you forgot…let me remind you, dear woman, you are BEAUTIFUL!

January 2017, I hate you! First, I got sick. Second, my career is down the road. Third, after 12 months and 8 days, my relationship ended. So, F*CK you! I cannot blame anyone for all these misfortunes. As usual, if there’s something wrong do not point a finger right away because your other three fingers point back at you. I am still learning to cope things up. Pain is there. I am 29 and I believe I am mature enough to pick myself up. Love is still there and I just cannot undo things in a snap of a finger. So, help me God!

I am a firm believer of who breaks you cannot mend you back and you can never be friends with your ex(es). Usually, I would delete and not reply or answer calls. That’s my way of moving on. Though I miss him, I will control myself not to do anything. It’s not pride, it is what you call self-help!

Honestly, I still believe in my happy ever after. Unimaginable for now but looking at my parents, yes, it’s existent. I cannot use drugs, beer, or commit suicide. I have a one-year old niece and I want to be her role model. My parents and sisters are paying my medical bills and suicide is not an option. I just need to be me. Alone for now, quiet and finding inner peace.

On the 16th, we are supposed to celebrate our 13th month. I may be crying on that day in the church. I do not know! I will miss him but I will give him what he asked of me, space! I wish him the galaxy and all the stars. No hatred but just pain. This time, I would be able to prove that I am stronger than pain and can grow to be the person I dreamed of.

Wednesdays and Sundays, we used to have our date but I need to have a plan to divert whatever it is. Seems like the movie date for Beauty and the Beast and Mummy will be canceled too. Oh well, poor me!

Tomorrow, it’s going to be crazy. I do not know what to do. He will forget about me. Replace me. I am not sure I can.

For sure, my next relationship would be someone who will prove himself despite all the high walls I will build. He must surpass and break those walls. My emotional pain is the walls. I may reject and insult him and if he passes those. Then, he may be worth the YES! Oh common, dream on. The future is unpredictable. Maybe I should just live one day at a time.

P.S. It is already 1:50am. I cannot sleep. End of relationship is not the end of the world.