Did you know that the main cause of skin cancer and damage is due to UVA and UVB?  I think there's no need to explain where they come from.  We all love basking in the sun especially when we're at the beach but excessive sun exposure is too risky if you do not use protection.  It accelerates skin-aging and damages the skin's natural elasticity.

I think the most important question that I should ask is, are you using sunscreen daily or whenever you go out?  If your answer is no, I suggest that you rush to the nearest drugstore.  Now.

I don't know why, but I really regret not adding this to my skin care routine earlier.  Maybe because the heat is becoming more intense every summer.  Maybe.  Nevertheless, I'm more relieved now.

Here's the sunscreen that I bought and it's by Neutrogena.

More SPF facts!

SPF 15 or higher works great but personally, I recommend not lower than 30.  Here's how it works.

Basically, if it takes 10 minutes for your bare skin to react when exposed under the sun, applying a sunscreen with SPF 15 will prolong it 15 times.  So, that's about 2 hours.  However, any amount of SPF cannot not block all UVB and UVA rays.  Furthermore, one-time application won't work.  They say it must be re-applied every 2 hours.

Now, let's talk about the product.

I chose SPF 50 because I easily get a darker complexion.  Unlucky ducky.  Neutrogena is a great brand and the price is reasonable too.  I bought it at around 600 php - 88ml.

It comes in this squeeze-tube.  Not ideal actually because it's a bit hard to control.

What I like about it:

  • Doesn't leave a sticky/greasy feeling
  • Dries fast
  • No irritating scent
  • Feels light and smooth on skin
  • Suitable to wear under makeup
  • Waterproof - though I haven't tested it before swimming
  • Doesn't irritate pimples and block pores
  • Oil-free - oily skin-friendly
  • No white cast
  • Lotion-like consistency

I cannot completely agree about the "sweatproof" part above.  It's hard to tell, right?  :)

I can feel that my skin can still breathe when I have this on.  Good!  

I use this daily, whenever I go out.  Do not forget your neck!  

Overall, I like this sunscreen.  It doesn't mess up my concealer and BB cream and the formula is really different than usual.  Suitable for face and body too.

Before I end this post, just want to share these things.

1. Apply at least 30 minutes before sun exposure.
2. Re-apply frequently.
3. Even if the sun is hiding behind the fluffy clouds, you have no reason not to apply.  So, using sunscreen only during summer is a no-no.
4. Using multiple sunscreens with different SPF and thinking that it will add up is wrong.  It doesn't work that way.  If you want a higher SPF, buy another one and use it alone.  It's better and provides much greater protection.

Again, PROTECT your skin.  I can't emphasize it enough.

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What do you think?

your sweetest drug,


How are you dealing with the intense summer heat?  Well, I'm sure choosing what to wear becomes a problem now.  HAHA!  Apparently, all of my sleeveless clothes are back in the scene again.  Even wearing pants or leggings is becoming a challenge.  One thing I now look for is comfort.  I want something that won't make me sweat like a pig - if that's even possible with 35 degrees Celsius temp.

Dresses or tops made in thin or sheer fabric are definitely a must have.  I do not have enough confidence to wear crop tops and expose my belly, so I'd settle for something lightweight instead.  HIHI!  Cut out pieces are in my list too!  Just like this red long-back top, a perfect example of a summer staple.

Another summer fave is this pair of denim shorts with an aztec patch.  Good news is, we are making these and it could be customized.  Just the way you want it!  Place the patch in front or back.  You can even add studs!  To know more about it, contact us via FB - link below.

What do you think?

Top and Shorts from The Chic Closet
Shoes from Suite Blanco

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your sweetest drug,

Perfect view, perfect moment but no perfect pictures.  HAHA!

So here's what I wore on my #sisterswedding.  I was one of the bridesmaids!  We do not have enough time to design or look for a gown, so I came up with one easy solution.  Maxi skirt!  Woot!

And I'm proud to say that our trendy tops are both from The Chic Closet.  HAHA!  #annoyingiknow

The green skirt blends well with the beautiful scenery.  Green everywhere!  I also stole the flower girl's crown for that ethereal effect.  Another fairy look, right?  My fave.

So if ever you encounter an "emergency dress up", you know what to look for.  Besides, it's a staple and very versatile too.  You can create different looks with this one simple piece.

What do you think?

Top and Maxi Skirt from The Chic Closet

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I used to have a wish
One day I'd feel like this.
Now I know love exists
Cause it's standing right next to me.

your sweetest drug,