acne treatment, what is differin, adapalene, differin acne
I'd be completely blunt. The good side of beauty blogging is the opportunity to try every new product there is. But like I have mentioned in my previous post, I clearly indicated that I will significantly reduce the amount of press samples I present to you and get back to the grassroots. I guess you can say that I am at a level now that I do know what really works for me, given my personal experience vis-a-vis health/medical background. Ever since I have ventured into aesthetic medicine (lasers, ipls, radiofrequency, etc) or anything that has something to do with textural issues especially wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, among others, I became very picky and critical of the products I slap on my face. If you really want dramatic results, save your money and invest on aesthetic procedures because truth of the matter is, creams, moisturizers, serums are great only for maintenance and quite possibly prevention if you started early with skincare. But if you are dealing with moderate to severe wrinkles, acne scars, stretch marks, etc, you need to deal with it either invasive (surgery) or non-invasive (aesthetic medicine).

Why this long introduction? well due to the fact that I have always been curious to try new things (skincare most especially including the 7 or 10-step layering), my skin despite my proximity to all the aesthetic treatments we have at the clinic, flared up real bad after trying a skincare product (mentioned in the video). My husband even told me to stop putting new stuff and just stick with what works. Epiphany, yes. In fact, I don't need all these layering at all. I de-stashed my skincare products last month and just retained my staples, a.k.a what my skin needs in between aesthetic treatments, they are (1) physical sunscreen, Vitamin C serum, moisturizer in the morning (2) moisturizer and for the meantime, an anti-acne at night till my skin clear up again. Back to basics.

Which then led me to revisit an old brand I was familiar with, Differin! Marketed by Galderma (makers of Cetaphil of which I had a pleasure to manage when I was still an aspiring brand manager many many many years ago when I was still residing in the Philippines). Back then, it was the #1 prescribed anti-acne medication by dermatologists so when I learned that it is now sold as OTC here in the US, I couldn't be more happy. You have to see my skin in the video to believe it. The best $12 I spent on skincare. 

Want to know more about Differin? I explained everything in the video the best way I could, both on a personal and medical level so I hope you watch it!

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Another A Day In The Life Vlog! I know I talked about Sculpsure Laser Body Contouring few times on the blog, including an amazing before/after photos of me which I posted here. Now that I am vlogging and getting more and more comfortable on-cam, I thought it would be nice for you to actually see the procedure, hence this post!

To recap, Sculpsure is the first FDA-approved laser treatment for stubborn fat in certain body areas such as the abdomen, flanks, back, thighs, arms, among others. This is good for people, who despite diet and exercise, can't get rid of the fat cells. Results are typically seen anywhere from 6-12 weeks. I explained the science behind on this video but the procedure itself on this video. My vlogging-style is raw, it's kind of like how I start my day, makeup I wear, outfit, where I eat, shop and most important of all, a sneak peek of the aesthetic procedures I get to perform regularly. Think reality for lack of a better word to describe it. I have transitioned to this approach while maintaining this blog because there are things that are better shown in video than still photos. I also want you to see the other side of me outside blogosphere. I hope you enjoy!

laser hair removal, intense pulse light hair removal
"Why didn't I know this before? why only now? I should've done this way earlier! This actually saved me more money than waxing!" These are just some of the common responses or comments I get from my patients who got rid of their stubborn, unwanted and excess hair via intense pulse light drastically, if not permanently.

Drastically. If you have never done an aesthetic treatment like this before, know that it takes several sessions to achieve desired outcome. Typically, we start with 3-series protocol at our clinic but that would depend on the severity vis-a-vis thickness of the hair. 3 series translates to every 4 weeks for the next 3 months. Reason being, we are targeting the active growth phase of the hair since our hairs grow at a different rate. IPL or intense pulse light or laser, if done correctly under experienced hands is a life-changing experience. Both procedures target the pigment of the hair, the darker the hair, the better expected outcome. Repetitive exposure to laser or IPL eventually leads to total hair destruction in time. It is important to have this procedure done in a clinical setting where there is actually a DOCTOR on board so your medical history can be assessed. Why? hirsutism (excessive hair in women) is sometimes traced to hormonal problems such as PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). Untreated or under-treated, laser or ipl cannot solve it completely. Thus, the need to see a doctor because it is a medical condition that needs to be managed first before anything else.

Curious as to how the procedure goes? here's a snippet! If you missed my previous post, I started doing Youtube to show you things I love and covet (think makeup, fashion, travel, etc) plus inside peek at some of my in-demand aesthetic procedures. Some things are better shown than written, plus you get to see the real side of me outside blogging! Please subscribe to my channel and like the video, I appreciate your support as always!

I know I talk a lot about laser procedures in treating wrinkles and fine lines. But do you know that depending on the severity of volume loss, wrinkles and sagging skin, tripollar radiofrequency skin tightening can also generate amazing results? On the vlog today (yes, I'm doing Youtube now so I can show you the real deal), I discussed it the best way I could! If you missed my previous videos, I do a raw-style vlogging; meaning no heavy editing and lighting because I take you out with me real-time! I always start with makeups I am wearing, sometimes my outfits too, take you to work and show you different cool aesthetic procedures I get to do, we eat out, shop, and all the good stuff! I hope you subscribe to my channel if you haven't yet!

And so it's summer, my most dreaded season of all! The only thing I love about it is my birthday (in 2 weeks ladies, I'm ringing 43!) but other than that, if I can hibernate inside my mother's womb without having to go out ever I would!

Now I'd be completely frank with you. A summer-proof or heat-proof makeup in my real dictionary of beauty is to wear no makeup at all. With the exception of broad spectrum tinted sunscreen which can pass for a lightweight makeup with add-on benefits! But if you need to glam up a little (attending event outside or in my case, a working gal who needs to look presentable), I say keep it minimal at the very least. Here are my go-to makeups that can withstand this hot and humid weather.
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Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup Foundation. Great for oily to combination skin because it dries to a matte finish. It does not emphasize pores but t's imperative to moisturize prior to application to facilitate easy blending and smoother canvass. This my holy grail foundation when it comes to longevity and finish.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Microfinishing Pressed Powder. I don't set my makeup because I like dewy finish when I'm at the office but I can attest to the wearability of this powder. Applied sparingly along t-zone or in areas that tend to get greasy, this reinforces foundation quite nicely.

eltaMD UV Elements Broad Spectrum SPF 44 Moisturizing Physical Sunscreen. On days I skip makeup, this is the only product I wear. It protects against UVA and UVB rays and is water-resistant for 40 minutes. Of course, reapplication is needed every 2 hours or whenever you get sweaty or wet for continued sun protection.

Smashbox Liquid Lipstick. This is guaranteed long-wearing unless you devour greasy food. I hate to retouch when I'm out and about so this is one of my lipstick mainstays. On a side note, I tend to focus on my lips by wearing bright shades (like Thrill Seeker, bright red orange) during the summer and skip eyeshadows and bronzer if need be. Less is more!

Finally, I am currently loving Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara. This by far is the only mascara that can hold up to a hot and humid weather. It's also waterproof which makes it ideal when you're swimming, because lash goals right? you bet I'm serious. You can see it in action in my video below (by the way, please subscribe to my Youtube channel if you haven't yet. I post A Day In The Life Vlogs. As some of you know, I am an Aesthetic Registered Nurse with special focus on laser procedures, radio frequency technology, medical-grade skincare, etc. I will take you along with me, show you how the machines look like, how I start and/or end my day, places to visit in Hawaii, makeups and outfits of the day. It's raw and real without heavy editing..it's going to be exciting, please support me in this new endeavor).

This is the video of moi wearing Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara

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I know what you're thinking, isn't it quite late to the party? well as the adage goes, better late than never so if you haven't liked or followed my newly created Facebook page yet, I'd appreciate if you hit this link. That way, we can stay connected in certain times I am unable to post here on the blog. 

So what do beauty and lifestyle aspirations mean? here's the story behind it:

Thefabzilla is all about empowerment, sharpening the saw and working towards achievement of one's goal. Inspire to aspire. You become what you perceive. You are never too old to learn new things or embrace a new passion. Be it in the realm of beauty, fashion, lifestyle, business, the opportunities to accomplishing your life goal is limitless!

What to expect from this new Facebook page? aside from beauty, skincare, fashion, latest aesthetic procedures, you will find same-minded people rallying you to take your aspirations to the next level. 

Hi ladies, I'm back with another back-to-back (quite tongue-twisting there) videos! On my Youtube channel, I shared my holy grail luminizers/ highlighters that are really worth the splurge! I have tried aplenty and wasted so much money but these are the products that won my heart and repurchased multiple times! Over at Instagram, I demonstrated how I used some of these products in a realistic setting. Meaning, my morning makeup prior to going to work. Ten minutes compressed to one in the interest of Instagram! Enjoy the show. Please give my Youtube channel a thumbs up and subscribe if you haven't yet. Mahalo for your continued support.

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I'm a strong advocate of sun protection. It is part of my patient education in the field of aesthetics especially amongst people who wanted to get rid of their sun spots, dark spots, melasma, or other related aesthetic issues. While lasers and IPL therapies can help address sun spots, they cannot prevent reoccurrence; thus I can't stress enough sunscreen and other sun protection measures. The pathogenesis of melasma is not clearly understood; while it can be traced to genetics and hormones, sun exposure triggers overproduction of melanocytes, the cells responsible for melanin. There are many resources available on the internet when it comes to sunscreens and sun protections; there are differing opinions as to which offers the best form of protection thus I felt compelled to share my opinion. As always, my point of view should not replace your doctor's. Do your research and settle for the one that conforms to your lifestyle.

Is it true that the higher the SPF, the more protected you are? No. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends at least SPF 30 which blocks about 97% of UV rays. There is no proof that higher SPFs can block 100% of UV rays or that you can stay out longer. The single most important thing to remember about sunscreen is REAPPLICATION every two hours (if staying out longer in the sun) or each time you get wet or sweaty. 

What's the difference between UVA and UVB? UVA (aging rays) has the longest wavelength and can penetrate the skin's deeper layer. It contributes to photo damage (premature wrinkling), aging and immediate tanning. UVB (burning rays) has medium wavelength and is the main culprit to sunburn. Both UV rays contribute to melanoma or skin cancer.

I work in the office, do I still need to apply sunscreen? Yes. UV rays penetrate glass and windows. While some can filter UVB, you are still exposed to UVA rays. You drive going to the office, you walk going to the office, all these things contribute to sun exposure.

My makeup has SPF 20, do I still need to apply sunscreen? Yes. Unless you apply a dollop of makeup or 1 oz (shot glass) to exposed areas which is the recommendation to get adequate protection, then by all means you need to apply a separate sunscreen.

What kind of sunscreen should I use? cream, lotion, spray, stick? If you have dry skin, use cream-based. For oily and combination, use lotion. For small areas such as around the eyes, use stick. Personally, I avoid spray type because it is hard to configure whether you have applied enough. Sunscreen should be broad spectrum so you can get protection from both UVA and UVB.

How much sunscreen should I apply? The most common mistake people do is under-application, meaning we apply less than the standard recommendation. For my face, I do apply a dollop and for all other exposed body areas, at least an ounce or equivalent to one shot glass.

Which is better, physical sunscreen or chemical sunscreen? Physical sunscreen (zinc oxide, titanium dioxide) blocks the UV rays. There is no need to wait for 15 minutes before going out. However, it is deemed to be not cosmetically appealing because it's harder to blend and leaves a white cast. Chemical sunscreen absorb UV rays which prevents it from penetrating the skin. It typically combines ingredients such as avobenzone, oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate to maintain its stability. The ingredients in chemical sunscreen are generally safe although there have been reported incidence of irritation (including myself). Bottomline, it all boils down to personal preference.

So what's my favorite sunscreen to-date? Hands down, those physical sunscreens from eltaMD. I prefer the tinted version UV Elements SPF 44 because it has titanium dioxide and zinc oxide plus sodium hyaluronate for hydration. I use the sheer version SPF 45 for my neck, ears and other exposed body areas. Don't forget your lips, currently I am loving Lather's unscented lip balm which has broad spectrum SPF 15.

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Hi ladies! In case you need outfit inspirations in time for summer, I have put up a "lookbook" featuring light, flowy, and most of all, cute clothing and accessories appropriate for the heatwave ahead. I have recently revived my Youtube channel so I appreciate you stopping by there, double kisses if you subscribe and like the video (skip to 02:35 for actual outfits but if you want to hear the back story, start with my rambling haha!), Mahalo!

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Outfit 1
* Summer dress stripes (similar) 
* Versace round sunglasses 
* Sam Edelman white sandals (different style) 

Outfit 2
* Floral embroidery off shoulder top (similar) 
* Toms red espadrilles (different style) 
* Jimmy Choo arrow cross body bag 

Outfit 3
* BP floppy straw hat 
* Denim tunic (different style) 

Outfit 4
*Tweed pink jacket (similar) 
* True Religion skinny jeans 
* Soludos wedges (similar) 

eltaMD UV Elements Broad Spectrum SPF 44, Doeskin Nude BB Cream, Beauty Junkees Liquid Lipstick, Anastasia Brow Definer, Tom Ford Soleil Blanc All Over Body Spray, Pixi Peel & Polish
Aloha ladies! After a short break from blogging (work and personal matters dominated the whole of May), I am happy to be back. Well quite, but hopefully I can practice better time management moving forward. I can't wait to share with you some exciting things happening on the side, thank you for sticking out! As my semi-comeback post, I thought of giving you a twist; I did a back-to-back video featuring my favorites from the past month via a chitchat-type Youtube video (still adjusting so forgive the mumbling) as well as makeup demonstration Instagram-style. 

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