Dare to Denim with SM Woman

October 4, 2015

Out of all the items in your closet, denim is probably the most versatile. It's comfortable to wear, goes with everything in your wardrobe and can easily be transitioned from one season to another.
SM Woman, one of my local go-to brands, is inviting women to “Dare to Denim," a campaign that empowers women to feel beautiful and confident in their skin, no matter what age, color, size or shape. Whether you’ve got killer curves, skin that is perpetually sun-kissed, have legs for days or beautiful lines on your face that show wisdom comes with age, SM Woman's "the denim difference” has something in store for you.

Part of the campaign was a series of visits to different cities in the country and I was fortunate to be invited to the Cebu leg of the Dare to Denim Caravan. Basing on the immense success of their previous city stops, I knew the Cebuanos were in for something big and boy, did they deliver! Not only did they produce a mega fashion show, there was also a huge selection of on-trend denim items for sale at the event.

From sleeveless button downs, to cuffed shorts, boyfriend jeans, shirtdresses, mini skirts and jackets, there are so many denim options to choose from at SM.

Thirteen stellar ambassadors were gathered together to reflect the powerful statement behind the campaign: that denim knows no labels, and that denim defies age, size and skin color. Multi-hyphenate wives, mothers, professionals, models, and athletes, each with distinct needs and lifestyles are united by a versatile piece of blue fabric.

 Joining the league of this body-positive campaign were Cebuanas Bianca Lim, Lori Darza; online style star, Andrea Aldeguer; junior correspondent, Tricia Patena; Mariquita Salimbangon; entrepreneur, Belinda Wong; modern sustainable construction advocate, Marylou Ngo-Ang; Miss World-Philippines 2012, Vanessa Amman; Lapu-Lapu City’s councilor, Quennie Amman; online food and fashion personality, Patty Taboada; CEO of Alcordo Advertising and breast cancer survivor, Mary Anne Alcordo Solomon; local star Gabi Darza; and the classic Society figure that is no less than the Amparito Lhuillier.

Dressed in stylish denim garb by SM Woman and GTW by SM, these Cebuanas sashayed down the runway proving that denim suits everyone and embraces all sizes. If you want to see more of the fashion show, you can check out the video I posted on Facebook.

 Interested in participating in the campaign and incorporating denim into your everyday looks? Head on over to SM and start shopping! And if you're searching for styling ideas, below are some of my favourite denim outfits:

Whether you're going for something classic such as a light or dark-coloured wash; wanting to add a bit of edge to your outfit with distressed denim; or opting for an acid wash piece to achieve that cool 90's grunge look, there is a denim outfit for everybody. Because unlike other forms of clothing, denim is for all and there is one for every woman.

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Flawless Skin Protect Gel Review

September 30, 2015

Since turning another year older in June, one of the personal goals I set myself was to finally formulate a decent skincare regimen. I'm not getting any younger and frankly, I really haven't been paying extra care to my skin over the last 27 years.  I've only started having facials two months ago and have just recently been particular with the beauty products I apply on my face. Sun protection was also limited to whatever SPF component was in my make-up. I've been looking for the right sunscreen for the longest time and all the ones I've tested so far were just so difficult to wear under make-up. Not only did they take forever to be fully absorbed, my face felt so heavy and super sticky with them. And OMG the white cast and the grease! I feel like my face is oily enough, I don't need more shine.

That's why today I will be sharing my review on one of my latest beauty discoveries, the Flawless Skin Protect Gel. I was first introduced to this line of sunscreen products when the company launched their Skin Protect Spray in Cebu last March. I really like that sunscreen so I was pleased to learn that Flawless has a gel version of their skin protect spray.

So what is this product? It is a specially formulated sunscreen that protects from sun damage without leaving a greasy feel and is suitable for oily and acne-prone skin.

Directions for use: Apply evenly on areas exposed to the sun. Re-apply frequently to maintain protection, especially after sweating, swimming or toweling.

Ingredients: Water, Ethyl Alcohol (viscosity decreasing agent,) Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid (UV light absorber,) Propylene Glycol (humectant,) Carbomer (gel forming substance,) Triethanolamine (pH adjuster; emulsifying agent,) Methylsothiazolinone 0.0055% (preservative,) and Chlorphenesin 0.0525% (antimicrobial; preservative,) PEG-40 Hydrogenated Oil (emulsifying agent,) Benzophenone-4 (protects from UVB and UVA rays,) Fragrance.

This is the last part of my morning skincare routine. After putting on moisturizer, I squeeze about a nickel-sized dollop and apply the sunscreen gel on my face. Based on the list of ingredients above, it works as a chemical sunscreen that absorbs the sun's rays and converts them into a less damaging form of radiation.

So what's the verdict? Well I have been using this product for two months now and I am obsessed with it! It's a clear gel that dries matte completely. It is non-sticky, very easy to apply/ blend and its matte finish makes it perfect to wear under make-up. I love that it feels cool on the skin upon application and it has a pleasant powdery scent. The tube fits nicely in my make-up bag so I can take it with me wherever I go and I can easily re-apply if I need to.

Just a quick tip though, when storing the gel in your vanity area, be careful not to store it with the tip facing down. Because the gel's a bit runny, make sure the tube remains upright at all times.

The Flawless Skin Protect Gel is very affordable. The 20g tube is pegged at only P290 and will last around 1-2 months depending on the frequency of application. I asked the receptionist at Flawless how much sun protection factor it has and she said it has an SPF of 25. I know it's lower than the recommended SPF 30 but until I find one that's just as perfect for my oily skin, I'm sticking with this.

If you want to try the Skin Protect Gel for yourself, you can purchase this at any Flawless clinic. While you're there, you might want to avail a few beauty treatments as they're currently having their Pink Splash promotion. From September 11 to October 31, you can get this limited edition Flawless pink umbrella for every P5,000 spent on a single transaction. So book that pamper session now and be pretty in pink during the rainy season.

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