Touch your 5 senses with Toccare Spa

with Ms. Leah Dy of Toccare Spa

Yesterday was a fine day for me, and to some of my fellow bloggers, as we were invited to enjoy a relaxing afternoon with Toccare Spa.

The Common Area– From top left clockwise: The reception area; shower room; dry sauna; and locker/changing room

Toccare Spa is your private sanctuary away from the bustles of the urban life. Toccare Spa draws inspiration from its Italian meaning “touch”. Our therapists and our signature massages will surely make your Spa Journey a remarkable experience.

Toccare Spa prides itself in providing a personalized environment. Upon entering the spa, our receptionists will assist you in choosing the treatment right for you.

Left: Wet Sauna Room | Right: Jacuzzi

Toccare Spa lounge

More common area

Toccare Spa boasts in providing a very personalized treatment. Upon entrance, the receptionist will guide you through the choices you can make to personalize your treatment using an iPad. You get to choose the type of massage oil, massage room, massage intensity and down to the music played in your room. To add to the experience, if you avail of their Wellness Package, you get to choose your food from the Spa Cuisine after your treatment.

Toccare Spa Wellness Treatment Package Choices (Php999.00)

  • Moor Treatment at the steam room, experience shower, Gem Stone Massage and Spa Cuisine
  • Steam Aromatherapy at the Sauna room, Hilot Massage and Spa Cuisine
  • Hair Treatment at the Sauna room, Healing Bamboo Massage and Spa Cuisine
  • Foot and Hand Renewal at the foot spa room, Classic Massage and Spa Cuisine

Pearl Room — the room where I had my Gem Stone Massage done

I picked package A with Moor Treatment–to bust off cellulites–and Gem Stone Massage. It was a good 3-hour treatment to pamper you from head to toe. Another thing I liked about Toccare Spa is that it’s very private. I really enjoy spending my spa time alone–with my 15-minute wet sauna session while the Moor (mud) was on, then I took a shower, and proceeded with my 1-hour whole body massage.

Toccare’s Healing Gemstone Massage is their signature massage. It’s a combination of Hilot Massage and Classic Massage–perfect for sore and stressed bodies. The Healing Gemstone Massage focuses on healing through rejuvenating massage strokes and healing crystals which are applied throughout the body.

Other VIP rooms of Toccare Spa

After the relaxing treatment, we were ushered to have our Spa Cuisine at Azzurro–Antel Spa Suites’ hotel restaurant.

Balance is the key. Toccare Spa helps you recuperate with its Wellness Package. Experience a detoxifying retreat using their steam, jacuzzi, and sauna facilities followed by a 60-minute whole body massage treatment and a Spa Cuisine by Azurro.

We were served with delicious meals to top off the relaxing spa experience. You can choose from meals like chicken, pork, and pasta. Your complimentary drink, a choice between hot or cold beverage, is also included.

If you would like to de-stress and you are working in Makati CBD, Toccare’s your best bet in experiencing a high-class, 5-star hotel spa experience for half the price. For only Php999.00, I’m sure these Wellness Packages (massage + Spa Cuisine) are a sure hit!

Get in touch with Toccare Spa through their Facebook and Instagram.

PS, Thank you to Ms. Leah for this wonderful experience 😉

Toccare Spa
4/F Antel Spa Suites
7829 A.Venue Makati,
Makati Avenue, Makati City

Tel: 555-1232 or 0927-768-6556

LifeProof Media Launch

with Lifeproof brand ambassador Marc Nelson

My iPhone is my life… and yet I am guilty of abusing it everyday–by throwing it off the bed, tossing it in my bag, water spills, having Pepper nibble on it sometimes, and etc. I’m sure many of you find it impossible to maintain the pristine aesthetics of your phone without putting some case on it for protection. Whether you’re the sporty type or just plain clumsy, LifeProof gives you the freedom to enjoy your daily activities without worrying about your smartphone.

with Evelyn Medina, Sales Manager of JCordon, the exclusive distributor of LifeProof in the Philippines

I know that there’s nothing new about smartphone cases being waterproof, dust-proof and shock-proof. It’s old news. But there’s much more to LifeProof than that. Unlike other waterproof smartphone cases, the Lifeproof offers sleek and lightweight design that barely increases the size of your mobile phone. It’s complete functionality sans the bulk.

“Our customers love the freedom that LifeProof frē Case gives them to take their device anywhere without concern. We’re pleased to introduce the slimmest fully protective LifeProof frē Case here in the Philippines,” says Evelyn Medina, Sales Manager of JCordon, the exclusive distributor of LifeProof in the Philippines. “As with all of our products, we carefully design, build and test the case to our company’s standards for high quality and exceptional reliability.”

Left: with event host Philip Abadicio, J.Cordon Sales Manager Evelyn Medina, and Marc Nelson | Right: event host Philip Abadicio and Marc Nelson

To test the durability of LifeProof frē Case, brand ambassador Marc Nelson tossed his iPhone 5 to the ground for the audience to see. We were also given a chance to squirt him his phone with water just to test his LifeProof.

Some of us aren’t really targeting the phone 🙂

Marc Nelson being such a great sport

LifeProof frē Case will also be showcasing the latest colors and accessories for iPhone 5 case, including a new LifeProof Car Mount for hands free driving; The LifeProof Lifejacket that keeps your iPhone buoyant and afloat; the popular Bike & Bar Mount; The Belt Clip and the Armband/Swimband. LifeProof frē for iPhone 5 is available at an SRP of Php 3,950. LifeProof frē Case is available for iPhone, iPad and iPad mini. By September 2013, the LifeProof frē Case will be available for Samsung Galaxy SIII.

  • Water Proof: Fully submergible to 6.6ft / 2m for 30 minutes
  • Dirt Proof: Sealed from dirt & dust particles – meets or exceeds IP-68 Ingress Protection Rating
  • Snow Proof: Seal from snow & ice – meets or exceeds IP-68 Ingress Protection Rating
  • Shock Proof: Withstands drops from 6.6/2 m – meets or exceeds MIL STD 810F-516

Today, Lifeproof has released yet another promising smartphone protector. Introducing, LifeProof Nüüd Case for iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy SIII. The Nüüd case offers protection with no need for a screen cover. By providing waterproof seal to the touchscreen, it protects your device while leaving the screen open for direct touch. It provides zero visual interference, glare, loss of contrast or saturation, and remains water proof, drop proof, dirt prood, and snow proof. The Nüüd case will not be available until October/November 2013.

LifeProof cases and accessories are available for sale at all ICON, PowerMac, Digital Hub, Beyond the Box, Digital Walker, Switch, iStudio, AShop, Astroplus and Technoholics outlets.

To be updated with LifeProof’s latest products, you may like them on Facebook.

Look of the Day: Japonesque

The Japanese has been known for their minimalist designs. Today, I try to emulate the Japanese feel with subtle shimmers to soften the look–using Girlactik’s Eye Glaze.

Brows: Ottie Natural Drawing Auto Eye Brow Pencil from Orangebox

Eyes: CoverGirl Olay Simply Ageless Corrector; Girlactik Beauty Eye Glaze in Love; K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Eyeliner

Face: Motives Blush in Lust; Etude House Sweet Recipe Baby Choux in Peach

Lips: AVON Ultra Color Lipstick in Berry Bright

See the subtle glitter on my lids?

Girlactik’s Eye Glaze creates a high pearl finish that is velvety and easily blendable. It’s a little bit tricky to apply since it dries in 1-2minutes–so you have to be really quick. But once it dries up, it lasts the whole day without creasing.

I love that you don’t have to use an eye primer before using Girlactik’s Eye Glaze since the product stays there until you wash it off with soap and water. It’s waterproof and sweatproof–you can even swim with it!

I usually put a little amount of product on the center of my lids, then spread it across, and up to the brow bone for a diffused glow on my peepers. If you want to concentrate the Eye Glaze on a certain part–like using it as a glittered eyeliner–I suggest you use a slanted eyeliner brush to apply the product on your lashline and wait for the product to dry fully before opening up your eyes.

How about you? Have you tried Girlactik’s Eye Glaze?

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Cupcakes from Cupcake Lab

my sister was delighted with her box full of towering cupcakes

I think giving a box of cupcakes for birthday has been the tradition for me and my colleagues. Yesterday was my sister’s birthday and I was supposed to buy her Pastry Princess cupcakes but for some reason we ended up buying her a box from Cupcake Lab.

Although Cupcake Lab is a tad more expensive than the usual, the brand did not disappoint. Cupcake Lab offers a lot of towering, quirky flavoured cupcakes. Among my favorites are: Peanut Butter Smores, Green Tea, and Ferrero.

Below is the complete list of their flavors.

How about you? What’s your favorite cupcake brand?

ANNY Media Launch at SM Aura

For Filipino women who know the importance of having well-groomed and healthy nails, the arrival of ANNY is such a wonderful news to my fellow nail-conscious girls.

with event host Lexi Schulze

Yesterday, I was able to attend ANNY’s Media Launch in the Philippines. ANNY, a German brand, draws inspiration from cosmopolitan cities like LA, Miami, and New York. Offering more than a hundred colours to choose from and infusing a trend-based approach into each collection, ANNY continues to find new ways for women to cop the hippest, hottest movements in style.

Beauty regimen is not just about taking care of your face. Part of this includes the proper nail care. I don’t have the prettiest of nails–and I envy girls who have candle-like tips–but I make sure to always have them clean and healthy. What excites me about ANNY is that they offer a range of quality nail care products to help us keep our nails pretty and healthy.

Diana Afable-Lorenzo, Managing Director of Brio One Commercial Corporation

ANNY offers superior combinations that help nourish and bring nails back to a healthier state. Calcium, vitamin boosters, ginseng extract, and mineral oils deeply penetrate for restored color and softness. Specially tailored tools, built to address any concern, provide the necessary maintenance for impeccable everyday appeal.

ANNY believes that nail care is equally important as fashionable nail colour,” says Diana Afable-Lorenzo, Managing Director of Brio One Commercial Corporation. “It offers the widest range of nail care products that nourish and strengthen nails — plus, tools that make it convenient for anyone to create that professionally-applied look.”

Thanks to Bio One, the company responsible for bringing ANNY to Filipino women, ANNY introduces us to nail care innovations like 6-in-1–which acts as ridgefiller, strengthener, base coat, top coat, high gloss and quick dry all rolled into one; Biotin Energy Cream for dry and stressed nails; Calcium Nail Attack; Ginseng Nail Elixir; the pen-types Cuticle Softener–To Go, Phyto Care–To Go, Keratin Power–To Go and more.

My sister and I

ANNY Special Polishes and ANNY Nail Care To-Go range is available at SM Aura Premier, The Fort, Taguig, SM Makati, SM Mall of Asia and soon at SM Megamall, SM North Edsa – The Block, SM City Fairview, SM Southmall, SM City Clark, SM City Pampanga, SM Lanang Premier, SM City Davao, and select SM Stores and Watsons Stores nationwide.

To know more about ANNY, please check out their Facebook page and follow them on Instagram.

Miley Cyrus MTV VMA Performance

Miley’s been trending in the past 24hours. Apparently, she’s trying to get some more attention again in this year’s VMA. Her performance with Robin Thicke was just an entirely messy show. Read on for another useful insight–from fathers to daughters:

Dear daughter, let Miley Cyrus be a lesson to you.

Yes, this is what happens when you constantly hear everything you do is awesome. This is what happens when people fawn over your every Tweet and Instagram photo. This is what happens when no responsible adult has ever said the word “no,” made you change your clothes before leaving the house, or never spanked your butt for deliberate defiance.

If you ever even consider doing something like that, I promise you that I will run up and twerk so you will see how ridiculous twerking looks. I will duct tape your mouth shut so your tongue doesn’t hangout like an overheated hound dog. I will smack any male whom you decide to smash against his pelvis – after I first knock you on your butt for forgetting how a lady acts in public.

Why would I do that? Because I love you and I want you to respect yourself. Miley Cyrus is not edgy or cool or sexy. She’s a desperate girl screaming for attention: Notice me. Tell me I’m pretty. See how hot I am. I know all the guys want me. All the girls want to be me.

You probably know girls who will emulate this behavior at the next school dance. Don’t do it with them. You are far too valuable to sell yourself so cheaply. Walk away. Let the boys gawk and know in your heart that they see only a body that can be used for their pleasure and then forgotten.

I’m sorry if you’ve ever felt sad because I haven’t gushed over everything you’ve done. My role is to praise when praise is due, but also to offer constructive criticism and correction when it is needed as well. I’m sorry if you’ve ever felt demoralized because your Instagram following isn’t in the thousands, and I’m sorry those “selfies” can never capture how amazingly beautiful you truly are. I’m sorry if you’ve ever wished you had a friend instead of a mom, and I promise you that I will probably get worse when you hit high school.

Dear daughter, I am going to fight or die trying to keep you from becoming like the Miley Cyruses of the world.

You can thank me later.

roadkillgoldfish

Ditto.

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Pepper’s Anti-Rabies Vaccine Day

It’s Pepper’s vet-visit day! He weighed in 1.4kg this time. So happy for his growth and thankful that he is healthy 🙂 Today is his anti-rabies shot day–his second to the last shot. His next appointment with his vet is on the second week of September.

Pepper’s been having a lot of sleep because of the rainy weather. We also take him out to malls every weekend. What’s great about Pepper is that he’s really behaved when outside. Very cultured cat indeed.

One time, we took him to Buffet 101 with us and fed him some sashimi. He loved it! Another time, we also gave him fresh chicken broth as part of his dinner. These human food are just his add-ons. We stick to his normal kitty meal plan of Whiskas and Friskies.

We also took him to a cat party, which made him very shy and he ended up hiding in one of the cat houses. Right now, we’re thinking if we should get Pepper a playmate. We don’t want him to be anti-social.

Pepper’s starting to be very adventurous lately. He’s been climbing to greater heights. He has so much energy–and it’s fun! Sometimes, though, he can get overly excited which makes me end up having love bites. :p