As the world celebrated Transgender Awareness Week during the second week of November, Pantene Philippines paid tribute to Kevin Balot, the brand’s first-ever transgender ambassador. They released a short inspirational video celebrating Balot’s success as a transgender beauty queen at the Miss International Queen.
I recognize that life is tougher for women. There’s a double standard when it comes to them and they are judged harshly when they break the rules that an imaginary figure set, presumably a million years ago.
They are also expected to look their best at all times. Imperfection must be tucked away, whether through makeup or with a smile. It’s such a tiring routine and because of this, many are calling on their fellow women to wear their scars with pride, since they are signs that a woman is braver, more beautiful, and stronger now because of the struggles she overcame.
I believe that scents can affect moods, which is why I always carry perfume with me, have tons of candles, diffusers, and lotions at home, and keep different kinds and varieties of essential oils next to my bed and on my desk. For essential oils, I rely on lavender to relax and peppermint to help me with my concentration at work. Now I’ve just expanded my collection because Danarra just launched six variants that are perfect for any occasion!
One of the things I notice in a man is how he grooms himself. No matter how handsome or stylish you are, a lack of hygiene can break that. I’m not even talking about luxury perfumes or a 12-step skincare routine. Sometimes, all it takes is a good deodorant.
Old Spice has transformed boys into men with their line of deodorants, bar soaps, shower gels, body sprays, aftershaves, and colognes. Ask anyone about the brand (regardless of generation) and they’ll talk about its inherent masculinity. After all, Old Spice is the manliest grooming brand on the planet.
Besides Old Spice, one of the things that conjure images of masculinity is a motorbike and the brand has partnered with Ducati for the Spice Up Your Ride raffle promo, where a lucky guy can win an exclusive Old Spice edition of a Ducati SuperSport!
Lately, it has become almost impossible to not complain about the heat every day. Whenever I meet someone, my opening line would usually be, “Grabe, ang init, no?” (Wow, it’s so hot, right?). Along with the extreme temperature come temper flares, a shorter fuse, and generally impatient behavior. After all, no one has time for mistakes this summer.
I’ve noticed that I’ve become irritable so I decided to list down ways to keep my head cool during the hot weather. Here are some of my recommendations:
I’m a firm believer (backed by facts) that the sun ages you, so I always find ways to stay indoors or protect myself with sunblock when I have to go out during the daytime. And if you’re like me who wants to preserve their youth, you might want to check out Olay’s line of anti-aging moisturizers, which can sun-proof your skin and maintain your glow!
Years of walking under the sun without an umbrella when I commute and travel has finally taken its toll: my skin tone has gone a few shades darker. And while there’s nothing wrong with having dark skin, I’ve noticed that my skin has become uneven and I miss my original shade.
When it comes to lightening products, Kojie-san is the market leader when it comes to kojic acid. The brand is taking its tried-and-tested formula and adding it to its new Sleeveless Ready Deo, a deodorant, antiperspirant, and anti-bacterial that can bring flawless armpits.
The perk of my job as a writer is that I am a nomad with no defined office. Sometimes I find myself working at home, in coffee shops, or in other countries. It’s fun being free to go wherever I want, but I have to deal with other things like traffic, pollution, and no definite working hours. What digital nomads don’t tell you is that sometimes, the work can be quite stressful.
I have my ways to fight stress. I try not to work during weekends, I regularly get massages, and I use sunblock, day creams, eye creams, and face masks. As I keep reminding myself, it’s okay to be stressed as long as you don’t look stressed.