Kojic Salt Body Scrub (Your Skin’s New BFF)

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It’s holiday season and we wanted to look young and fresh–it’s the perfect time to destress and give yourself a break.  In my Christmas Glow feature, part of the treatment I had in Soulscape Spa & Wellness Lounge is the 90 minute Kojic Salt Body Scrub. I personally chose this because of its anti-aging and lightening effect on the skin.

Here are the reasons why I included BODY SCRUB  in my beauty routine:

  1.  It hydrates your skin, making your skin silky and smooth.
  2. It gives you a youthful glow
  3. It helps reduce stress
  4. It helps you get rid of old skin cells
  5. It releases toxins
  6. It improves blood circulation

There are three types of body scrub offered to me (coffee, cream and salt), but I settled for the Kojic Salt Body Scrub because my purpose that time is to have the Christmas glow.  Kojic Acid is known as an agent used to lighten and tighten skin, remove age spots and decrease the appearance of scars.  It exfoliates and regenerate new skin cells that help achieve that youthful glow (that is why it’s sometimes called the Anti-Aging Body Scrub).

 

For busy persons like me, I highly recommend that you should have at least twice per month destressing session like this or once a week if you can afford it.  Pampering yourself is one of the best gifts that you can give to your family— once you are stress-free, you can even work better and bond with them.

Note:  This post is brought to you by Soulscape Spa & Wellness Lounge.

 

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A Tour To Soulscape Spa Marcos Highway

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It was just recently when I noticed Soulscape Spa atop Anytime Fitness in the Pinnacle Plaza in Marcos Highway when I was on my way to Robinsons Metro East.  Finally, there is a spa near me that actually suits my taste.  Well, yes, there are lots of small and low-priced spa around, but make sure that you will be contented with the ambiance and of course, quality service is very important.

After the students’ Christmas Party held last December 20, 2017, I had the opportumity to destress at Soulscape Spa & Wellness Lounge.  Upon reaching the building, you will see the elevator that will lead you to the 3rd floor where they occupy the entire space.   I was greeted by their courteous receptionists Ella and Rose and as their routine, they asked me to fill out a form to determine if I have an allergy or other condition that might be harmful.  In other spas, they do not do this- so, it’s already a plus point.  They offered us tea while waiting and explained about their spa menu.

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The pretty receptionists Ella & Rose

While waiting, I couldn’t help but to admire the place (very neat and elegant interior design and furnishings).   I was actually thinking that only few people can afford Soulscape Spa, but this is good news because you can also afford their prices.  (You can check their prices in their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SoulscapeMarcosHighway/ )

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The waiting area

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Ms. Rose offered me a cup of tea while waiting

Now, let us have the tour.

Before you enter the rooms, you will see the Footwash area and the Express area where they have the foot reflexology.

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The footwash area

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The Express area

They have two kinds of rooms- the common room and the VIP rooms.

The common room has partitions (black curtains) for single and couple clients.  The ambiance is perfect though you are in the common room– same bed and furnishings.  The only difference is that you only have curtains and you don’t have your own bathroom.

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The Sauna room

In the VIP room (there are rooms for couple and for 3 people), you have your own bathroom and of course, you will enjoy the privacy.

I had my destressing session (it will be featured in a separate post) in the VIP room.  I suggest that you choose this if you would like to relax and move at ease.

If you would like to visit them and try their services, here are their contact details below.  If you will be coming from Masinag, take a ride going to Robinsons Metro East.  Pinnacle Plaza is in the left side before you reach Burger King.   I also have included their branch in QC just in case you more accessible to that area.

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3/F The Pinnacle Plaza, #1 Marcos Highway, Brgy. San Isidro, Cainta, Rizal

Phone Number:  697-1868

Mobile Number:  0906- 3285939

Business Hours:  1:00pm to 2:00 am

Ma. Clara, QC BRANCH:   717-9783 or 244-4350

DISCLAIMER:  This post is made possible by Soulscape Spa & Wellness Lounge; however, the content written in my post is based from my honest opinions and judgement.

Eyebrow Threading @ Nailaholics

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So, you are thinking that Nailaholics Nail Salon & Spa is only limited to nail, hand and foot related services?  Well, you are absolutely WRONG!  In fact, there are packages and additional services that you won’t even think that they are offering.  I tried their eyebrow threading while having foot spa last week and I was very pleased with the result.

 

 

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Before and After the Eyebrow Threading

Special thanks to Mian 🙂  She was very careful and patient with me.  She made sure that the pain was tolerable.  She consults first before making a decision and gives her suggestion also.  Threading of the brows costs P190 and it can be done in about 15 to 20 minutes.

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Aside from their traditional hand and foot spa packages, here are other services that you might be interested with:

  1.  Waxing (underarm, half or full arm, chest or back, leg, bikini and Brazilian).  All of these services come with a choice of hand or foot spa.
     2. Scalp, Neck and Head Massage and Back Massage
    3.  Eyelash Enhancement
You may check the other services and branches here:
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How to Deal With Stress

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Everybody deals with STRESS  and nobody can escape it no matter what status do you have in life.  Whether that is family, health, work, financial or heart-related stress, you need to find a way to get over it.  So, how do we do that?  I have here some tips that actually worked for me .  It may not work for the others but it’s worth a try anyway 🙂

  1.  Have a COFFEE BREAK (alone or with a buddy)

If you cannot afford to go to a coffee shop, a cup of coffee with a special someone or your best buddy at home will be perfect to have a nice chitchat or share your troubles.

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2.  Have a GOOD SLEEP or power nap especially if you have a headache.

Most of the time, the cause of stress is lack of sleep so you really need the time to take a nap or have a long sleep.  I won’t recommend taking sleeping pills;  instead, you may drink a glass of milk.  Reading or playing games in your mobile phone may help you sleep.

3   Have a STAYCATION with friends or your family even for a day to help you unwind.  Traveling to a far place can cause you even more stress, so choose a nearby hotel.

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4.  DESTRESSING SESSION in a Spa or Wellness Center near you

A soothing massage, facial, body scrub and foot spa can be helpful to achieve relaxation.  One of the spas I recommend is Z Spa, a 420 square meter spa located in 2/F Ace Hotel, Kapitolyo, Pasig City.  All the furnishings and equipments are NEW and of high standard and the beauty products used are all naturals and were ordered abroad.  I have found another spa near our area but I will tell more about the details in my separate post.

 

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5.  CUT DOWN ON YOUR EXPENSES especially if you are dealing with financial problem.  (I am only going to choose 2 credit cards and will deactivate them once I have settled all my bills).

6.  HAVE A HEALTHY DIET and do not starve yourself.

If you need to destress, you need to have a healthy and strong body and sharp mind.  Refrain from eating too much or too less because your body needs food to have enough strength and energy for your daily activity.

Whether you like it or not, we can encounter STRESS, so it’s already an advantage if you know how to deal with it 🙂

 

This post is brought to you by:  NAILAHOLICS Nail Salon & Spa

 

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Achieving My Beauty Routine @Nailaholics

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I have a BIG revelation this coming summer and I am carefully planning about it.   Part of my preparation for this is to have a fitness and beauty routine.  I am already working on my achieving my beach-ready body by being a member of Fitness First.   I get to visit the club at Robinson’s Metroeast thrice per week, but I do my workout at home daily so I also burn some calories.  I am already working on creating my own meal plan that will help me achieve my fitness goals.  I know that I am already in the right track but it isn’t enough yet.

Because of the nature of my job, I am superstressed all the time so I need to devote a little of my precious time to destress.  Aside from having facials, body scrubs to achieve the perfect glow of my skin on April, I also need to have hair, foot and nail pampering.

In this post, I will share about the Vitamin Sea Package that I had in Nailaholics Nail Salon & Spa after my workout.  It is so convenient for me because it is also located in the 3rd Floor of Robinson’s MetroEast, Marcos Highway, Cainta, Rizal–so, right after my workout, I can also have my destressing session there.

 

 

Upon entering Nailaholics, I was relaxed by the clean and quiet ambiance.   They have a summer backdrop that will set your mood to relax.  I had their Vitamin Sea Package (manicure, pedicure and foot spa)  I loved the feeling while my feet were soaked in the warm water.   

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I met these gorgeous and friendly staff (Jho- who did the foot spa and pedicure & Rubie who did the manicure).  I have chosen the color of my nail polish– guess what?  Yes, you’re correct, hihi!  I have chosen pink 🙂  I would have tried nail art, but then they do not have the tools.  They have it in the other branches– it just happened that they do not have it when I came.  In the Vitamin Sea Package, they use the regular but branded nail polish.  They recommend the gel polish as it stays longer than the regular ones.  Hmmm, probably next time I will have the gel manicure and pedicure.  I was informed that they have an ongoing 15% discount to their gel manicure and pedicure.

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Compared to the other salons, Nailaholics makes sure what the customers want.  Rubie asked first about the desired length and shape of my fingernails.  She gently massaged the fingers  and asked me if I felt any pain at all.  You will totally feel comfortable and would like to stay for the rest of the day, hehehe 🙂

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I’ve been to other nail salons and I was used to the experience that the attendant was always in a hurry so in about less than 15 or 20 minutes, I’m already done with the foot spa and pedicure and of course, I ended up dissastisfied with the service.   I was surprised  that it took them more or less one hour for the whole service.

 

 

If you would like to try the Vitamin Sea Package and their other packages as well, you can visit Nailaholics.  Please click their website for their services and branches.

Nailaholics Nail Salon & Spa

3rd Level, Robinsons Place Metro East, Marcos Highway, Cainta, Rizal

www. nailaholics.com

 

 

Relaxation & Serenity @ Z Spa

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As promised, I will share about my experience in Z Spa last week.  I have chosen the Mother of Pearl Body Scrub as suggested by the owner, Ms. Chat.  Well, as the name suggests, it can give you a glowing effect on your skin.  We were ushered to our executive room with its own CR (with shower and bath tub) and sauna.  After I had the sauna for about lesst than 10 minutes, I took a quick shower.  The therapist, Karen, handed me a disposable T-back underwear and a towel.  

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For my Mother of Pearl Body Scrub

In the photo above, you will see the aloe vera, the coconut oil and the other one (I forgot what it’s called) for the foot reflex.  I was informed that all the ingredients used in their spa are all-naturals.  Unlike the other spas, they do not use mineral oil because it can make the skin very dry.

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Below is the video of our body scrub treatment.  I wasn’t able to take a photo of all the dead skin cells removed by Karen.  The Mother of Pearl Body Scrub is a whitening treatment, but of course do not expect quick results.  Yes, your skin will be lightened, but it won’t take long.  You need to have at least 2 sessions per month for your skin to achieve the best results.

 

 

After taking a hot bath in the tub, Shane and I had our foot wash and  my Swedish massage after. 

 

Their foot wash is something different compared to what we had in Discovery Shores last summer.  It was foamy and very relaxing.  

 

 

 

Because we were relaxed, we forgot that it was already 7pm, hihi!  You won’t get bored during your treatment because you have the option to turn on the TV in the room.  For those who would like to be relaxed, there’s a soothing music being played during the treatment.

I would recommend Z Spa because the place is really clean and the staff are very professional; however, I would appreciate it more if they would have the clients fill out the info sheet first before they start the treatment.  My therapist asked me if I have allergies or any sickness, but it would be better if they will have their own file as well.

Z Spa

2nd Floor, Ace Hotel and Suites, United cor. Brixton Streets, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

Disclosure:  This post was made possible by Z Spa.  The opinions written here are from my own judgement and based from my own experience.

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing Z Spa: The Perfect Place to Destress in Metro Manila

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A day before my birthday I was given two special treats:  first was the discounted membership fee @ Fitness First and after a 20 -25 minutes ride from Robinsons Metroeast, I had a relaxing and destressing session in Z Spa.  It is located on the 2nd Floor of Ace Hotel & Suites in United cor. Brixton Streets, Pasig City.  They just opened this October that’s why most of you are not familiar with Z Spa yet.   The spa itself (with the area of 460 square meters) is well-maintained (literally spotless because the owner is very particular with cleanliness and hygiene).  The interior design is impressive as well.  The furnitures and home decors are made of  wood because it is associated with the meaning of Z in Zosima which is life.

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Upon entering, we were welcomed by their receptionist and after that, we waited in their lounge and we had our welcome drinks.  I have learned that it was the owner, Ms. Chat, who personally prepares the refreshing cucumber juice with ginger and lemon.

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I have chosen to have the Coco Body Scrub (for anti-aging) but after talking to Ms. Chat, I decided to have the Mother of Pearl Body Scrub (for whitening) instead.  I was actually intrigued because she told me that i will be amazed of the result.  (There will be a separate post  about my Z Spa Experience).

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There are two hallways.  The first one has De Luxe rooms for the Thai & Swedish Massage with a common CR and the other one has Executive rooms (with own CR, sauna, bath tub and shower area).

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This is the room for single person used for the Thai massage.

 

The De Luxe rooms for two and three persons

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The common CR

Below is our executive room (for two persons) where I had the body scrub.  Like the De Luxe Rooms, all rooms are also air-conditioned.   I liked the privacy and comfortability that we had.  We started the treatment at 3pm and because we were so relaxed, it ended at past 7pm.  My therapist, Karen, was very friendly and she made me feel comfortable.

 

 

 

For you to appreciate the place more,  I have here a video of the lobby.  It would be better though if you will visit in your free time and destress just like what I did!

 

 

Here are the services that they offer:

Thai Massage  (60 mins-P750) (90 mins-P1100) (120 mins P1300)

Swedish Massage  (60 mins-P850) (90 mins-P1200) (120 mins P1400)

 Foot Reflex (90 mins-P970) (120 mins P1250)

Body Scrub

Mother or Pearl Body Scrub (90 mins) P2200

Coco Body Scrub (90 mins) P2000

Underarm Whitening Treatment (Package of 6 sessions) 5 + 1  P6,800

This Underarm Whitening Treatment is soooooo interesting— honestly, I need this for my Boracay escapade this coming April 2018; however, another option is for you to have the body scrub at least twice per month to have a glowing effect in your skin.  Their slimming service is something also to be watched out for and they will offer it SOON.  The skin tightening service is quite interesting.  This is the perfect solution for those who are dying to have nice legs and arms this coming summer.  This is actually my problem, hihi!— once I have solved my problems with my weight, the problem is that my skin sags.

In Z Spa, all the therapists were professionally trained.  They have certificates from TESDA and had one month training from DOH.  One thing that I also like is that they are kid-friendly.  In fact, they allowed my daughter Shane to stay in my Executive room to watch cartoons, have a hot bath in the tub and a have a calming foot wash.

 

 

This is definitely worth a try!  To be pampered and relaxed, you may visit them and see for yourself.

Z Spa

2nd Floor Ace Hotel & Suites United cor. Brixton Avenues, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

http://myzspa.business.site/

0917 117 2428

 

Disclaimer:  This post was made possible by Z Spa but everything in this article is based from my own judgement and my ideas are not influenced by the management.

My Fitness Club Experience @ Discovery Suites

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The pretty receptionists

One of my planned activities in my stay in Discovery Suites is to use their fitness center.  It’s a good thing I have managed to squeeze the time for that before we have our photoshoot in Serendipity Lounge.  Because I was focused with our photoshoot and  wedding anniversary, I forgot to bring rubber shoes that’s why I wasn’t able to use their equipments.  The receptionists (Joyce and Hannah) were very friendly and courteous, that they have convinced me to stay and use their jacuzzi and sauna instead.  The rate for walk-ins is P500, but you can use for free if you are staying in the hotel.

 

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Hubby used the equipments (all of them are working).  If you go to other fitness centers, most of their equipments are not working anymore.  Anyway, I went back to our suite to get a swimwear and they assisted me profesionally.

 

 

 

The club is very clean and organized.  I was given my locker wherein I can place my important belongings while I’m relaxing.  I must say that it’s al worth every penny. When you are actually there, you don’t want to leave anymore.  Too bad, I only got to stay there for less than an hour.  I gave Joyce and Hannah instructions that I will use the jacuzzi for only 20 minutes and Hannah came back at the exact time 🙂

 

 

The jacuzzi was my favorite.  I wanted it hot because it was really cold that morning.  When Hannah finally came to remind me that I had to go to the steam room, I was really thankful because I don’t have to remind them anymore.  After 10 minutes in the steam room, Hannah came back and led me to the Sauna room.

If only distance won’t be a problem, I will definitely choose this club but then I had to choose one which is near to our place.

I highly recommend this fitness club to Pasig or Mandaluyong residents.  Believe me, it’s worth every penny 🙂

Weight Loss Challenge

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I’m lookin’ forward for summer 2018 and YES, I am too desperate to have a drop-dead gorgeous beach-ready body.

I am actually considering to be a member of one of the fitness clubs and as much as I would like to be a member of Balance Lifestyle Fitness Club @ Discovery Suites Manila, the location won’t work for me.  Obviously, I won’t be able to go there on a daily basis since I have mommy duties in the morning and I have to be in school before 1pm.  So it narrows down to only two choices– I have signed up for free trial for Slimmers’ World and Fitness First.  I will do my very best to try at least one and see if it will work with me.

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taken @ the Balance Lifestyle Fitness Club in Discovery Suites Manila

First of all, it has to fit my budget if ever and it has to be near our place and I can get the privacy I want.  I do not want to engage in group exercises and other activities.  In my next post, I will be sharing with you about my experience in visiting the club (At this moment, I am still thinking which fitness club to visit).  Do you have any suggestions?

UPDATE:  I called Slimmers’ World for a free trial workout on Saturday (November 11, 2017) in SM Marikina.  Yesterday afternoon, I received a call from Fitness First and I will have the trial workout on Sunday (November 12, 2017) in Robinsons Metro East at 10am.  I will be posting a separate review about their clubs.