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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

February 13, 2018

10 Tips For First-Time Moms: From Spoiling Your Child To Listening To Unsolicited Advice

Being a first-time mom is hard -- you're clueless about what to do and at the same time, you're fed up with the unsolicited advice. I remembered how stressful it was when my little one's barely a month old. Don't feed your child when you're tired. Clean his mouth with a white cloth. He's already 4 months, give water. Don't do this, Don't do that. Blah! Blah! Blah!

Dealing with different beliefs, especially when you have your own, is hard but did you know that you can make your life a little less complicated? Yes, sexy momma, you can! Every pregnancy is different (and that's one thing that you should remember) so what worked for you may not work for her, and vice versa. So before you lose your sanity, here are some helpful tips that you may consider as you start your journey as a mom.

I apologize if this sounds unsolicited but, well, I hope this helps!

1. Keep your cool. 

I know it's easier said than done (trust me, I've rolled my eyes a thousand times for every undesirable advice) but with a little practice, comes a better result.

2. Google is not your BFF. 

The search engine may have come handy in times of need but the more you know, the more you get confused. Empty your mind sometimes and listen to the so-called "mother's instinct".

3. Join a legitimate group/community and get yourself educated. 

The Internet is a place for different communities and it won't be hard for you to find a group that will educate and listens to you. Feel free to join them and read inspirational stories. It's relieving to hear that you're not the only one experiencing changes, difficulties, etc.

4. Your kid, your rule. 

Whether you wanted to breastfeed your child or buy a formula, go on with your decision. Your child's milk won't validate you as a mom. You are a good mom or even the best in your child's eyes. That won't change.

5. Purchase parenting books and other reading materials. 

While the Internet is a place for different articles, documentaries, and essays, having a book by your side makes a significant difference. Learn and decide which among those principles is best for you and your family.

6. Accept changes. 

In light of number 5, be ready for modifications. Do not get frustrated. If there's anything constant in this world, that is change.

7. Seek help. 

Do not feel guilty if you want to ask assistance. You are a mom but still, you are a human being who gets hungry and exhausted. There's nothing wrong with asking someone to carry your child for a little while so you can have a good 30-minute sleep. After all, your child needs you more than anything and the last thing you want is to get sick.

Speaking of help, if you feel like you're suffering from Post Partum Depression (PPD), do not hesitate to visit a medical professional immediately.

8. Don't be afraid to spoil your child. 

You'll be dealing with a pesky, little munchkin for how many years? Three? Four? Five? It won't be long until you realize that your little one is a grown up and holding him in your arms is nearly impossible. So, cherish the years; hug him tight, kiss him a gazillion times, and load him with love.

9. It's okay to feel down and worthless. 

It happens to me and it might happen to you. Go call your BFF momma and cry. Let go of all the negative emotions but at the end of the day, cheer up! No matter how bad you feel about yourself, remember that you are not a bad mom. You've carried a child for nine long months; dealt with life-threatening diapers; have been puked on; suffered sleepless nights (and days), and the list goes on. You are doing well and you can always give your best.

10. Treat yourself. 

Go out and meet some old friends (or go out with yourself), and again, don't feel guilty about it. Leaving your comfort zone and experiencing a new environment is one of the easiest ways to refresh your mind and body. Just be sure to count the number of drinks you had!

Being a mom is not easy. Apart from dealing with your kid, you are probably managing yourself and your reactions to different advice. If there's anyone that you need to listen to, that'd be no one else but yourself. Of course, your husband and your pedia will help a lot too!

What's the worse unsolicited advice you've heard of? Any other tips you'd like to share with first-time moms? Let us know in the comment box below!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

January 04, 2018

Skinfood Egg White Peel-Off Nose Pack Review:Remove Blackheads Easily

BLACKHEADS -- who wants this teeny, tiny, as*holes that are constantly ruining thy face? But seriously, I bet no one likes to see this dirt present in your pores, and if you're someone like me, you'll probably do whatever it takes to get rid of it. I've tried having a regular facial to no avail; aside from being expensive, I hate going home with my face murdered! That's why I've opted for several skin care products that promise to eliminate blackheads and tighten pores. Sadly, not all those who claim such things are effective, even the most expensive ones. Does this mean that there's no hope? Is there a product, a peel-off mask maybe, that can be cheap yet effective?

What Are Blackheads?

Prior to answering your blackhead removal concern, let's learn about blackheads first.

Basically, it is described as "a plug of sebum -- the oily substance present in the face -- in a hair follicle. Each follicle contains a single hair and a gland that produces sebum. This oil is essential as it keeps the face soft and moisturized, however, if the oil and dead skin cells clog the follicle, it turns into a comedo. If the comedo is open, then it is considered as a blackhead; otherwise, it is called whitehead if it is closed by a skin.

How To Remove Blackheads?

The market has introduced a lot of ways to reduce or remove blackheads, but some of the most popular ones are as follow:

Egg Whites

Although some people find this as ineffective, there are still those who swear to this method. Basically, all you need is a clean face and an egg white. Spread it all over your face using your fingers or a clean paintbrush. Apply a thin layer first then allow it to dry; apply another layer and dry it completely. You may opt for a third application if you wish, and once it's completely dry (please wait for about 15 minutes), get a warm, damp washcloth to clean your face.

Before getting rid of the egg white, you may feel your face tighten a little bit. It may not be as effective as most people have expected, however, it can leave your skin softer and smoother.

Toothbrush, Toothpaste, And Baking Soda

This is somehow a new way to remove blackheads. I've personally tried this one, and somehow, I find it useful when I want to lighten my nose a little bit. Baking soda, after all, is known its many benefits. Some people may use it as is to scrub their face. This way, they can loosen up the dead skin and exfoliate the face without the harmful ingredients.

To use this method, mix an equal amount of toothpaste and baking soda. Using your finger, apply it to the nose area and allow it to settle for about 5 minutes or more. Get the toothbrush and brush the paste very gently. This may not remove all of the blackheads, especially the stubborn ones, however, it is one of the best ways if you want to remove your blackheads without spending a dime.

Facial Spa

Seeking professional assistance from salons and spas will surely help you with your skin problem. However, you should get your wallet ready as most spas are expensive. Meanwhile, you may find yourself spending more if you don't know how to decline the offers made by the beauty therapist. Honestly, I find most therapist rude and aggressive. Even if you think that your skin is not that bad, some may tell otherwise. Okay, I get it, they are more experienced; however, I don't see any reason why they should frown or react negatively if the client rejected their offer of the extra mask, for instance.

Another reason why I try to avoid facial spa is because of the painful pricking. Indeed, "no pain, no gain," but sometimes, the pain is barely tolerable. This becomes worse if you're too unlucky, and a heavy hand landed on your face. Nevertheless, this is, perhaps, the most effective way to remove blackheads.

Peel-Off Mask

My personal fave! Although not all of the peel-off masks that I've tried has worked, this product fascinates me as it allows me to see whatever it is that's taken off of my face. Also, it's pretty cheap and less painful compared to having a facial. If you're a sucker for a peel-off mask like me, here's one Korean product that you need to try!

Skinfood Egg White Pack Peel-Off Pack Nose

I believe Skinfood is one of the most trusted Korean skin care products nowadays, that's why even if no one has recommended this nose pack to me, I still gave it a try. It says that it is "infused with egg white extract for the effective removal of blackheads and sebum from pores for smoother, clearer skin."

Just like other peel-off masks, it comes with a simple direction:
 - Start with a clean face. As for me, I've used RA&Gowoori Red Ginseng Cleansing Foam and warm water for rinsing. The warm water will open the pores, allowing the mask to be more effective.
- Leave the nose area damp.
- With dry hands, remove the pack from the transparent strip. Place the mask on the nose carefully and leave it for 15 minutes, or until it's dry.
- Once dry, remove the product by peeling it from the edges going to the center.
- Use a toner or water to remove any leftover residue.

The Verdict
Some of the peel-off masks that I've remembered are the one from Bench, Etude House Black Head Remover Dual Sheet, and Etude House 3-Step Clear Nose Kit. I find the 3-Step Nose Kit the most effective but if compared with Skinfood, I think it's a fair match.

Skinfood may only possess one method; however, the nose strip is too sticky that I was so surprised with its result. If my memory serves me right, I saw only a few blackheads prior to the application but after seeing the strip, I guessed I was wrong all along. It's so strong that it's pulled off most, if not all, of my blackheads.

Here are some eewie photos by the way:

IKR! It's a lot and it's gross, but trust me, it's a relief!

It may not have removed it entirely but I am happy with the result. It costs me only P25 but it proved so much more. If you're planning to clean your nose area without going to a facial spa, this product is for you. You can have your own strip by visiting @HallOfVain!

Have you tried Skinfood Egg White Pack Peel-Off Nose Pack? How was your experience with it? Can you recommend other brands that have peel-off masks? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

January 03, 2018

Propolis Honey Ample Light Review: Meet The Newest Holy Grail

Have you ever tried a new skincare product only to wake up with a bad breakout? Sadly, although most beauty essentials promise a glowing, healthy skin, it may still produce adverse results such as a bad breakout. That's what my struggle is for a few months after jumping into the infamous "10-steps Korean skincare". Rather than waking up looking like Belle, I woke up like a beast! Good thing, I found my one true love and if you've never heard of it -- and you're experiencing acne problems -- then today's your lucky day!


It's been a month or two since I first met Propolis. I saw a lot of positive reviews and although I've given up my hope on Korean skincare products, I've decided to give this one a try. Too bad my phone broke and I wasn't able to save pictures of me dealing with a terrible breakout.

First Impression

It costs P160 (and you can get yours here) and I thought that it's pretty cheap. That made me more hesitant but since I'm already freaking out, I gave it a try. If first impressions really last, I'll say that this never failed me. The packaging is simple: it comes in a glass bottle with a dropper. It smells amazing, though; almost flowery and sweet. It's a little thick but not something like honey. It's almost water-like that's why the skin absorbs it easily. I used it together with RA & Gowoori's Red Ginseng Foam Cleanser. No toner. No moisturizer. Only a cleanser and this miracle ampoule. After a few nights, I saw a drastic change. My pimples dried quickly, which, of course, is a huge relief. Even a friend who've tried it as well gave the same feedback. But why is this so? What is Propolis Honey Ample Light all about?

Product Description

According to Amazon: "It is an ample/ampoule which contains honey extract (the compounds of vitamin B like B1, B2, B6 and pantothenic acid and etc.) so, it gives moisturizing abilities on the skin, prevents dryness and helps to manage as moist skin. Also, it improves the condition of the skin and manages healthily with royal jelly extract, propolis extract and etc., because it stimulates the circulation of a cycle on the skin. Effects: Anti-Wrinkle, Whitening Functional Cosmetics."

Meanwhile, as HeyHoney cited: “Propolis is commonly used for its healing, antiseptic and restorative capabilities. Propolis will assist in balancing, healing and soothing problematic skin. It also accelerates the rate of cell growth and decongests pores. Propolis protects against bacteria and functions as a great anti-inflammatory agent.”

As for the wrinkle and acne treatment part, I believe that this product works really well; however, I'm not sure about the whitening aspect.

How To Use

The product is too light that you can use it during the day, prior to makeup application, and at night time. Like the usual regimen, start with a clean face by using a cleanser. Rinse properly and use a toner while the skin is still damp. Apply the Propolis Honey Ample Light and a moisturizer (if applicable).

Find out what they say about Propolis Honey Ample Light


Basically, the product claims to be proven effective for the following skin concerns:
- Freckles
- Melasma
- Pimple Marks
- Acne Breakout
- Skin Pigmentation
- Moisturizing
- Dark Eye Circles
- Skin Lightening

Major Concern

Without a doubt, the product is effective and so far, I've found no negative reviews about it. However, the only concern that most clients ask is -- why Propolis Honey Ample Light's bottle contains only a few amount. It's been answered, fortunately, and it's because most of the liquid is already in the dropper. Every bottle contains 15ml of the propolis so there's no need to worry.


If asked whether I would recommend this product or not, the answer is -- YES! Highly recommended momshie. Ever since I used this product, I became more confident in my own skin. Kumbaga powder and lip tint lang, sapat na. It's my Holy Grail and I'm on my second bottle. It's kind of small, 15 ml to be exact, but it goes a long way. Maybe this is why it's one of the hottest Korean products! If you're planning to experience a miracle, order your very own bottle of Propolis Honey Ample Light by visiting @HallOfVain on Instagram now!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

January 02, 2018

Castor Oil Review: Does It Really Make Lashes Longer And Brows Thicker?

Okay, the title sounds a little exaggerated but who can blame me? After a few eyebrow tutorials, I found myself shaving my own brows. I thought it was that easy but because of a shaky hand, I accidentally shaved it more than how it should be. NAKALBO SYA BES! As a slay-at-home mom, I don't do makeup all the time but I hate seeing myself browless. Luckily, I found an easy solution; not to mention, a very cheap alternative.

What Is Castor Oil?

I've heard about castor oils a few years ago but ignored its benefits for unknown reasons but since it pops sometimes on my social media, I've finally gave it a try. I got my own tube at @HallOfVain for only P80. Pretty cheap that's why I though it wasn't effective at all. At first, the smell is kind of nutty; almost unpleasant, but as time goes by, I got used to it. Also, since I use only a little amount on my hair, brows, and lashes, it doesn't really offend me at all. It's quite thick, almost gel-like, and when touched, it's sticky than expected. It's perfect for holding my brows in place and I use it prior to using my brow gel from BYS.

With that said, what is castor oil? Where did it come from? And why is it considered essential not only when it comes to beauty but also in the aspect of health?

Castor oil is an ancient treatment that has been used for a thousand years ago. It comes from the seeds of the castor bean plant (Ricinus communis) and has been known to treat eye irritations and a skin care remedy. The oil's strength is used to soothe digestive problems, cure skin problems, and was included in traditional Ayurvedic medicine practices due to its antibacterial properties. It is beneficial when applied to the skin or even when taken internally; in fact, it's utilized for rapid healing and to boost the function of the immune system.

Other Uses Of Castor Oil

Basically, the oil is known for the many health benefits it offers. It's used to treat skin infections, increase white blood cells that are responsible for fighting fungi, bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells. When it comes to the beauty department, the essential oil plays a huge role in stabilizing the consistency and texture of the beauty product. It also makes a significant change in improving the appearance of the hair. In addition, it heals acne, fights toenail fungus, lessens the swelling and itching of the skin, moisturizes chapped lips, and treats skin disorders. No wonder why this is a wonder oil!

Using Castor Oil

Personally, I bought this to thicken my brows and lashes. I'm planning to have my eyelashes extended but due to negative feedbacks, I decided not to. So instead of visiting a salon, which, without a doubt, is very costly, I opted for a tube that costs me less than a hundred bucks!

For the first few days, I saw little changes in my brows and lashes already and after almost a month, the oil didn't fail me. My sister, who bought the same oil, was also impressed. The best part is -- it's has a wand already, thus, making it easier to apply.

Here are some photos:



As you can see, mas naging matured ako. Char! But seriously, I got thicker brows (partida, inahit ko pa yan). My lashes also became thicker and a little longer, although I don't see any significant change in length. I also use it to treat my acne; super helpful during the times when I'm trying different skin care products.


On a scale of 1-10; 10 as the highest and 1 as the lowest, I will give this a score of 8. I love using it because it has many purposes. Don't panic, it's organic! I use it not only on my brows and lashes but also on my face whenever I have a breakout. I also use it on my chapped lips prior to putting any lipstick or tint. It's a good moisturizer and since I found out that it also works on itches, I'll definitely apply it on problem areas. I've given this as a gift to my dad who wants to improve the thickness of his hair. I believe in this product so much; however, if you're in a rush and you want instant results, this is not best for you. It does work but it takes time. Nevertheless, it's worth the wait!

Have you tried castor oil? If yes, how was your experience? Share your thoughts in the comment box below!


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Monday, January 1, 2018

January 01, 2018

Aspiring Makeup Artist? These 6 Essentials Will Help You Get Started

(Credits: Unsplash||Jake Peterson)

Like a baby learning how to walk for the first time, being a newbie in the world of beauty cosmetics is definitely overwhelming. There are so many choices in the market that it can be tough to figure out exactly where to start. Of course, you don’t want to waste money on unnecessary items that you will never use.

Putting together your personal makeup bag doesn’t have to be difficult. Don’t worry, I’ve got your back! I’ve created a checklist as a guide and you will have everything you need to get started.

Here are your must-have makeup essentials:

    Foundation (Cream Or Powder)

A basic makeup essential everyone thinks of first is a foundation as it evens out skin tone and gives a flawless complexion. If you are aiming for a light amount of coverage, go for a powder that conceals but stills feel light on the skin; otherwise, go for a liquid or cream foundation if you're aiming for a high amount of coverage.

    Concealer

Concealer is extremely important especially for moms who barely sleep. It is used to awaken the under eyes and delete any skin blemishes. Its usage varies depending on what look you want to achieve. It can be used as a corrector for dark spots (great for those sleepless nights) or for highlighting and contouring.

    Brow Pencil

KILAY IS LIFE! Therefore, your brows should never be neglected when doing makeup. Perfectly filled-in brows really complete a look and pull everything together. You may opt for the traditional brow pencil or use new alternatives, such as the gel type or powder ones. Personally, I enjoy using a brow gel from BYS as its easy to apply and it lasts really long. Make sure you trim and remove any excess hairs before filling in your brows.

Tip: Seek professional assistance when trimming your brows; not only will this save you from any cuts but also, it will help you achieve the shape that's perfect for your face.

    Blush And Highlighter

Add healthy colour and a subtle glow to your skin with a classic blush and highlighter. Using a compact that has both a blush and a bronzer is helpful when you want to keep your makeup kit minimal and easy for everyday use.

    Eyeliner And Mascara

For a newbie, I recommend you start with a pencil liner and as you become more advanced with, you can move on to a gel or liquid liner. Add in a mascara as it has the ability to make you look and feel more awake with just one application.

    Eyeshadow Palette

No beauty kit is complete without a few essential eyeshadows. Many brands make eyeshadow palettes that come in multiple colors – from “night time” palette (for when you want to create a more smoke-ish look) and a more neutral, “every day” palette.

    A Good Set Of Brushes

I remember someone said that no matter how cheap your makeup is, a good brush can make it look expensive. Therefore, this is 100% necessary to any makeup kit. You should have several different brushes: a large blush/bronzer brush, a kabuki for liquid or cream foundation, a few eyeshadow brushes for lid color and blending a small, thin brush that can be used for applying eyeliner, and a concealer brush which can be used for cream shadows too.

    Lipstick (or lip gloss)

Lipstick or gloss -- or lip tint, for me -- is an important makeup essential. I would suggest having a few lipstick and gloss options to choose from based on your level of comfort. Include at least one lipstick shade that is different from what you usually wear – red is a good start.

Sharing some of my personal favorites from brands like BYS and A'Pieu

(Follow me on IG: @iamcarolineso for more reviews)

Hopefully, this checklist is helpful for all the newbie out there.
What are some of your makeup tips? I would love to know!

January 01, 2018

Real Kill Black: Why This Korean Product Is The New Holy Grail [Updated]

[Updated Post]

Currently, I'm on my third tub of RA & Gowoori Real Kill Black Horse Oil Cream and this article will show why I've put my trust on it for too long. I think I've known this product since August and although I've failed to use it consistently -- since I'm trying other products as well -- I still find myself longing and going back to this awesome Korean product. It's kind of expensive but at least, it's worth every cent so without further ado, let's get started.

Introducing Real Kill Black

Without a doubt, Korean products are a hit nowadays. Aside from their oh-so-fashionable get ups and adorable K-stars, their skin care regimen has proven a lot in just a few years. But honestly, I haven't tried any of those (since I cared for my skin only this year) until I joined a Facebook Page dedicated to Korean beauty cosmetics. As a freelance writer and a slay-at-home mom (yep, you got that right!), I barely sleep. Most of the time, I am wide awake especially during the night since it's the only free time that I have. Work, stress, and lifestyle have definitely ruined my skin and not to mention the fact that I'm not using any products on my face and body aside from the regular soap. That's when I decided to do a research on how to take care of the skin and probably, what pushed me to build this blog site.

The first ever Korea product I've tried is the RA & Gowoori Real Kill 9.9 Horse Oil Cream. I decided to give it a try since it has received a plethora of positive feedback and if you try browsing online, you'll see a handful of reviews (positive ones!) from this skin care.

(Got this from my Nanay Angel, ChefRon, and she's too sweet to give me freebies)

Where Horse Oil Came From

Here's a quick heads up about the product:

Horse oil is one of the treatments that has existed for ages, specifically in China. Long ago, it has been used as a "folk medicine" to treat insect bites, burns, asthma, cuts, hair loss, and fungus. The "miracle oil" works almost the same as the skin's sebum, therefore, it's easily absorbed by the skin. It is not only effective but considered as a safe product even for infants. The oil is immensely popular in Hokkaido as a moisturizing agent primarily because it is beneficial for a country that has an extremely cold weather. With that being said, horse oil, indeed, is a potent product but where did it come from.

If you're expecting that it is accumulated from a dead horse, then, you're correct, unfortunately. But the animal is not slaughtered for this purpose alone; rather, it is killed for food as well. (I know that doesn't make you feel any better, but, that's how it goes).

More Facts About Horse Oil

Some of its major claims involves treating some of the worst skin problems such as wrinkles and discoloration. Before becoming a holy grail, it was used to cure rheumatism, chapped lips, dry skin, joint pains, insect bites, and more.

Soon after, it has become a component of several beauty products including moisturizers, shampoos, lipsticks, etc.  If you're not convinced about its efficiency or is wondering about how it will help you with your skin problems, here are some of the numerous benefits that you should consider:


A multi-purpose, highly-efficient product. It can be used on your face, elbows, knees, and any parts of the body.


As a natural moisturizer, it is used to heal dry skin. Further, the moisture tends to stay longer in the skin than other animal-based oils and cream.


Working as a human sebum, horse oil is easily absorbent to human skin.

The Verdict

Here's a quick recap about Real Kill Black when I first used it:

It has only been a week since I started using Ra&Gowoori Real Kill 9.9 Horse Oil Cream. The reason? Well, aside from promising myself about having the right skin care, my face was occupied by zillions of unwanted visitors. Seems like my sleepless nights and stressful days have paid off ... and here I am, looking haggard as heck. Acne has become a big issue apart from the dark spots on my face.

You can buy your own tub here.

Prior to applying the RA & Gowoori Real Kill 9.9 Horse Oil Cream, I religiously was my face using Cetaphil cleanser. I will then apply the cream directly on my face and massage it for a few seconds. I also applied the product on other areas I have problems with such as my elbow, knees, underarms, and tummy.

The product is light; it can be used before makeup. My face appeared a little oily though but after absorption, I like how dewy it looks like -- just like how most of the Korean actresses' faces look like. It has a faint smell that I like a lot.

After a few days, here's how it looks like.

I believe most of my acne are gone as well as some of the dark spots. It also moisturized my skin pretty well. However, it becomes too oily at some point but since I 'm staying home most of the time, I have no problems with it.


I stopped using RKB on my face. I've been warned though; some people will get used to it while other's won't. Sadly, it seems like my skin is not compatible with the products. It did get rid of marks and pimples; however, there are tiny zits popping out. Some people advised me to stop using the product for about a week then use it again. If no problem persists, then I can include it in my ritual; otherwise, I would have to stop it. But, after using it again, the same thing happens so I decided to exclude it eventually. However, it worked like a miracle on my stretchmarks and underarms.

Whiten Dark Underarms

I can't say that my UA is as bright as the heaven but it did improve a lot. Even before I got pregnant, I wasn't confident showing off this part. It's kind of dark (like my thoughts BWAHAHA) and it became worse after birth. Luckily, the goddess above sent me this.

The chicken-skin seems to disappear and it keeps my pits from bad odors. I even ditched my deodorant because it works well in keeping my armpit smelling good all day. And the best part -- it lighten up a bit. Too bad my other phone was broken. I have no extra copy of the "before photo" but as of now, this is how it looks like.

I may not get the "Best Kilikili Award" but at least, it got a little lighter. I will, definitely, continue using it.

Lighten Stretchmarks

Most moms would probably worry about their stretchmarks, like me, so I've tried a couple of products but for me, RKB is the only one that worked so far. Before, I used to have dark stretchmarks and even if it's more than a year, it's pretty visible. After using RKB, it did lighten up a bit and although it's still there, I can say that it has made a major improvement.

This is how it looks like:

I am very happy with the results that's why even if it sounds a little expensive (it's worth P450 - P470), I see to it that I have a tub of it all the time. Too bad it's always out-of-stock though.


Real Kill Black is one of the hottest skin care products nowadays and I've tried it myself. But, will I recommend this product to other ladies, specifically moms like me? The answer is YES! Definitely. It's a big YES. However, if you're pregnant or lactating, please use it with your own discretion. Although some studies suggest that only a little of it enters your blood stream, it's still best to consult your health professional first. Nevertheless, it's a good -- I mean great product and it's really worth a try!

For more Korean products and short reviews, kindly follow @hallofvain and @iamcarolineso on Instagram.

Have you tried other horse oil product? Share your thoughts in the comment box below!

Friday, December 1, 2017

December 01, 2017

Reflections On ‘Jenna Dewan Tatum Gets Mom-Shamed

Recently, the 36-year-old mom and wife Jenna Dewan Tatum has sure got people talking – A LOT!

The actress and dancer is at the receiving end of backlash for her latest Instagram posts (@jennadewan) sexy photos of herself in lacy body suits.

For some, they thought the photos were stunning leaving complimentary comments about how fantastic Dewan Tatum looks. But, there were some who felt that Jenna’s naked booties are for private viewing only – meaning her husband’s eyes only.

This sparked a debate among people about what's "OK" for moms. Apparently these days, moms are not allowed to show off their sexy bodies, or they are bad moms. *eyes rolling*

Society’s Dangerous Double Standard For Moms

I am a ‘rookie’ mom of 2-year-old boy. I admit that I still have so many things to learn about parenting and issues like mom-shaming usually gets into me. I am blown away by how closed-minded our society can be about the standard of ‘what is a good parent’.

Honestly speaking: would I have cared, or worried, or paid much attention to moms posing in their bathing suit bottoms for all the world to see? Probably not.

Why can’t a mom be sexy or express her sensuality? Why are only women expected to shed their sensual and sexy side once they become a parent? Simple. Because according to some, moms aren’t allowed to be publicly proud of their bodies.

There’s a double standard (Yes, there is!) that once you become a mom you’re no longer allowed to be sexy. And this speaks to how we’re socialized to place the burden on women to police sexuality while giving men free rein.

Maybe that last point is one place where those of us who take issue with Hall’s post and the dangerous double standard we feel exists in society, and those who don’t, can find a place to agree – that we, as parents, can and should do more to empower women, and educate not just the men every people.