my favorite products during pregnancy

When I found out I was pregnant, I started switching to natural products. I browsed through the grocery aisles and opted to switch my usual body wash for the Human Nature cooling body cleanser with rosemary and mint. It has a nice minty aroma which made me feel fresh. Some pregnant women feel hotter during pregnancy due to increase in blood volume and metabolic rate so opting for something minty feels very refreshing. Another product that I use is the Chamomile Cool Feminine wash, also from Human Nature. I have been using this one for years, even before pregnancy. It has ingredients such as aloe, menthol, and chamomile, which feels gentle and cool for the feminine area. I felt like it was mintier before, which I prefer more when it was in its old pink packaging. I love Human Nature because it has no harmful chemicals and it is made in the Philippines. I love supporting good local brands!

Another local brand that I have been using is the Pili lip balm. During my first trimester, I had bad morning sickness. I drank a lot of fruit juices because as odd as it sounds, water was so hard to endure. It had to be ice cold for me to be able to drink it. My lips started to peel and feel very dry. I wanted something that moisturised my lips and at the same time tint my pale and peeling lips. Most importantly, I wanted it to be natural because you ingest anything you put on your lips. I chose the Pili lip tint because it was natural, felt light on the lips, gave a nice tint, and moisturised the dry skin so well. The white dry parts of my lips were totally concealed. It was quite long wearing too.

The most asked beauty related question in pregnancy is how to prevent stretch marks. I have stretch marks from my first and second pregnancy and honestly, I am so used to it by now and have totally accepted it. I actually see it as motherhood battles scars, because really, moms go through so much sacrifices for their children and those are physical marks on the belly that show what a mother has gone through during pregnancy. During my first pregnancy, I really tried my best to prevent it. At that time, 11 years ago, everyone was talking about the Palmers Cocoa Butter. I applied it religiously but to no avail. On my 8th month, stretch marks started to appear. I read an article about it that genetics play a big role in acquiring stretch marks. So if your mom has it, you will probably have it too. Now with this pregnancy, I started applying Bio Oil sometime during the second trimester. The oil has received a lot of accolades and pregnant women have raved about it so I decided to give it a try. It gave me relief from the itch I felt when my belly was starting to expand. I like it a lot, it’s the best oil I’ve tried. The smell isn’t great although it’s bearable, but the oil is thick and moisturising so it really helped a lot. I applied the oil instead of scratching my belly. Scratching can tear your skin and may eventually lead into getting stretch marks. When I ran out of Bio Oil sometime after Christmas, it was very timely that I received the Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil as a gift from my friend. I like it because it is made with 100 % pure plant extract and it smells really good too! It has good reviews from pregnant women as well.

Hope this article will be helpful to pregnant women and mothers to be who are looking for safe products they can use during a very special (and sometimes difficult) stage in their lives. Our bodies are so special that we can grow little human beings inside of our wombs. It’s one of life’s greatest miracles. As hard as it can be, because our bodies are going through so much changes, just try to enjoy the process (and the priority lanes) and get some sleep mommas because you’re going to miss it when baby arrives! 😛 Good luck and have a safe pregnancy!

Belo Be-YOUTH-iful

        What are my best anti-aging tips? I have 2 words for you, skincare and exercise. Let’s make it 3 and add wine to the mix! lol! Having a regular routine for your body and skin can make a world of a difference in keeping yourself looking youthful. To stay physically fit, strong, and healthy, I do indoor spinning, zumba, and boxing for my cardio. For toning, I do yoga and synergy 360. So, how do I manage to take care of my skin? Being a mom, makeup artist, and entrepreneur, I need to find time to take care of myself despite my busy schedule. Just like a cup, I fill myself with things that make me happy, because how else will I be able to pour anything out of an empty cup? One of my favourite places to have my ME time is in Belo.

Lovely reception area of Conrad branch

        Lately, I have been trying to improve my skin texture. Contrary to what people think, I do not have flawless porcelain skin. During my adolescent years, I would get breakouts just like any normal teenager. My perpetual problem area is my forehead because it’s the oiliest part of my face, and that’s where I get those annoying little bumps which are actually white heads. For the past month, I have been going to Belo to treat my skin problems. Following the doctor’s recommendations, these are the treatments that I have done:

Hydra Facial

The bottles attached inside the machine contains the serums needed for the hydra facial.

The Hydra Facial is an all in one facial that exfoliates and hydrates. The machine simultaneously exfoliates the dead skin and expels serums to treat the skin. The machine expels salicylic acid to clarify the skin and remove oil. I have combination skin so my t-zone gets oily and because of this, my forehead and nose are prone to white heads and black heads. After that, the machine applies glycolic acid to soften black heads and white heads for an easier extraction and cleaning. The cleaning part is the most unpleasant part of the facial, but it is important to do this in order to get rid of the white heads, black heads, and acne. No pain, no gain! The next day, my forehead bumps got smaller. Last step of the facial is when the skin is bathed with hyalaraunic acid as it brightens, hydrates, and plumps the skin. It’s the best serum for anti-aging! It’s good to have a facial once a month to unclog the pores.




A week after my hydra facial, I followed up with the Revlight. Revlight uses light beams as high energy pulses to remove skin pigmentation and discolorations like acne marks and sun spots. It also improves skin texture, minimizes pores, and removes fine hairs. As we age, our collagen production slows down. Revlight promotes collagen growth underneath the skin, that is why it is a good anti-aging treatment as well. The procedure wasn’t painful for me — it just felt like quick tiny flicks of the rubber band. It took about 10-15 minutes to finish, and Dr. Jetty from the Fort clinic made sure that my skin got as many pulses as it can take! Thank you, Dr. Jetty!


      I also applied their CHAT medicine for two weeks. CHAT stands for: Clindamycin – it prevents black and white heads and an antibacterial for pimples, Hydroquinone – whitens skin, Alum – minimises pores, and Tretionon – exfoliates the skin. I stopped using it because my skin became red, but after one week, my skin peeled and looked so much clearer! That’s why I will start using it again every other night to slowly reintroduce it to my skincare regimen.

       Here is a summary of the treatments I had to achieve my results: 2 Hydra Facials, 2 Revlights, and 2 weeks of CHAT medicine. Remember, we all have different skin types and conditions. What you need may be different from what I need. Now, let’s make this social media official — Without further ado,  here is my before and after photo: (no filter, no edit!)

Before and After

       I have no foundation, just eyebrows. You know me, kilay is life. lol. In just one month, my forehead bumps diminished! See how smooth it is compared to before?! Go ahead and zoom it! Yay! I’m so happy! My skin also looks healthier, more plump, less oily, and more youthful! These days, I’m usually wearing very minimal makeup, as in zero foundation — just concealer, lip and cheek tint, and brow product. That’s really my ultimate skin goal, to wear minimal makeup and be comfortable with my bare skin. I always tell my makeup students that beautiful makeup starts with beautiful skin, that makeup is best applied to enhance beauty and not as a mask. The most expensive foundation cannot hide bumps, it can conceal redness/discoloration, but not bumpy texture.  I  believe that with skin care, prevention is key! Take care of your skin before you see wrinkles and sun spots! I’m in my 30s now and it’s never too early or too late to address your skin woes.  Be patient, find what works for you, and invest in your skin. Take care of your mind, body, and soul so that you will always look and feel youthful.

Thank you Belo for taking care of my skin! For those who have skin concerns or simply needs a little pampering, book an appointment with them here: Belo. Goodluck and I hope you will also have great results like I did!


Angela Yeo



You probably know that what our skin needs during the day differs from what it needs at night, but for the newbies at skincare routines, it’s not too late to learn more about what your skin needs to stay healthy. During the day, our skin is exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays, pollution, bacteria, and other environmental factors, so it is important for us to protect our skin from these harmful elements. I try not to slather too many skin care products during the day so my make up won’t slip and slide over it. I try to keep it simple and quick.


Step 1: Cleanse

Choose a cleanser for your skin type. I prefer a mild cleanser that won’t dry out my face. We need to cleanse in the morning to get rid of the oil released by our skin during bed time.

Step 2: Moisturize

I apply a little bit of moisturizer starting from the dry parts of my face like my cheeks, and then spread what’s left of the product all throughout the rest of my face, this makes the skin soft and hydrated. I prefer a moisturizer with vitamins and anti-oxidants to keep my skin more youthful and to fight free radicals as well.

For people with oilier skin types, moisturizing is still important as it helps your skin regulate the amount of sebum it produces. Just go for something light in consistency.

Step 3: Apply Sunscreen

SPF is an essential step in the morning routine. This protects our skin from the harmful UV rays that cause wrinkles and age spots.


At night, our body repairs itself and the skin isn’t susceptible to environmental factors anymore, so you must focus on products that nourish, hydrate, and repair.

Step 1: Remove Make Up

After a long day, you must remove your make up with a cleansing oil, cleansing wipes, make up remover or micellar water because your mild cleanser alone will not be able to remove all the residue.

Step 2: Cleanse

Use your facial cleanser to remove left over oil and dirt.

Step 3: Repair

After toning, repair your skin cells by using an anti-aging serum. Gently rub it on your face and neck. You may also use an anti-aging sheet mask or a sleeping mask.

Step 4: Moisturize

If you used a sleeping mask with moisturizing benefits, then you may skip this step. If you simply used an anti-aging serum, add a moisturizer to hydrate your skin and to keep it soft until the following morning.

Step 5: Eye Cream

Apply your eye cream to the delicate skin around your eyes. This will help hydrate, lighten, and reduce the puffiness around that area.



“Give a woman the right lipstick and she can conquer the world.” Don’t you agree? A great lipstick color can boost your confidence and uplift your mood. Make-up, like fashion, is an outlet of self-expression – and that’s one of the best things I love about it! I usually pick my lipstick color depending on my mood. Here are 10 lipstick shades for every woman’s mood:

1) Red

It is a make-up essential to own a gorgeous red lipstick. If you want to feel confident, red is the color for you. I love a true vivid red that screams sexy! It is also the perfect color to achieve the classic Hollywood glam look.

2) Nude

I wear a nude lip color when I’m sporting smokey eyes, or when I want to downplay my make up yet still look fresh. A nude lip color can lean on the pink, coral, or brown side. Find one that complements your skin tone, not too light that will make you look as pale as a ghost.

3) Burgundy

Everyone needs a good deep red lipstick. When you want to feel sophisticated, use this color. It is perfect when paired with sleek hair, and winged liner.

4) Pink

If you feel dainty and fresh, go for a pink color that matches your skin tone. Pink has a way of making us look youthful and healthy, especially when paired with matching pink blush.

5) Coral

When the sun is out and its warm rays glimmer outdoors, coral is the way to go. It totally makes sense to match your lippie to the weather!

6) Neon Pink

When you are feeling extra happy and cheerful, wear a bright or neon pink lipstick! You will be walking as bright as the sunshine, do not be surprised if everyone you meet flashes you a smile!

7) Black

When the weather outside is gloomy and you feel emo, why not channel your inner Kylie and wear a black lipstick? Wear it with confidence, and transform your mood from gloomy to fierce!

8) Deep Plum

Tired of making a statement with the red lipstick? If you are feeling rebellious, go for a deep plum color. It is eye catching, yet still fun and pretty to wear! It is a very versatile color, it can take you from day to night!

9) Brown

When you feel like going for the 90’s vibe, wear a brown lipstick. For this color, I like the texture to be ultra matte. If you’re feeling extra fun, wear it with a choker!

10) My Lips but Better (MLBB)

When you’re not in the mood to put on make-up or simply have no time to curate an elaborate make-up look, grab your MLBB lippie. This kind of lipstick is close to your natural lip color. I like mine sheer and moisturizing, something that just enhances and brightens my natural lip color.



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During my young and reckless years, when I did not know better, I would bask under the sun for hours with nothing but tanning oil on hot summer days. It was the only way my pale skin would ever get a tan. After tanning, I become as red as a lobster and then I would feel THE PAIN! I remember heading home from Boracay in pain, carrying all my bags with my hands whilst avoiding to hang bags on my shoulder because of the sunburn – that’s something I would never do again. I am sure most of you have experienced sunburn before, so here are some quick remedies for sunburnt skin:

Aftersun lotion

The aftersun lotion is a moisturizer that contains aloe vera. It cools and soothes the skin and provides relief from irritation. If you do not have an aftersun lotion, you may use a moisturizer, and apply it after bath. Tip: chill it in the fridge before use for a cooling and soothing effect.

Cool Oatmeal Bath

Slip into a tub with cool water and ½ – 1 cup of oatmeal. Oats have anti-inflammatory properties that effectively heal dry and itchy skin. It is also a natural moisturizer.

Cool Towel or Compress

For quick relief, apply a cool compress or towel directly on the burnt areas. Rewet the towel often to keep it cool. You may apply as often as you need to alleviate the pain and discomfort.

Drink Water

Burnt skin is dehydrated skin. Replenish lost liquids by drinking a lot of water – this will also help heal burns. Drinking water helps cleanse and heal the body especially during hot sweaty summer days. You know you’re hydrated when your urine is light in color and almost clear.


The best remedy is really prevention. Use sunscreen everyday especially during summer time and when you know that you’ll be outdoors for long stretches.




#StressFreeBeauty starts with prevention and during the summer months when the sun is extra strong, sunscreen should be your constant companion. Here are tips on what to look for when shopping for one.

When I was younger, I would recklessly bask under the sun for long hours just to get a tan. I have pale skin, and getting some color was something I looked forward to during summer beach trips. While other people used skin whiteners and papaya soap, I used a tanning oil—because we always want what we don’t have! Everything changed when I got older, and gained more knowledge on sun protection. Exposing yourself to the sun without any protection increases the risk of skin cancer. It also makes the skin age, causing more wrinkles, sagging, and age spots.

Broad Spectrum

When buying sunscreen, look for a bottle with a “broad spectrum” label. This is the key in protecting your skin form both UVB and UVA rays. The UVB rays burn your skin, while the UVA rays prematurely age your skin and cause wrinkles, sagging, and age spots. Both also contribute to skin cancer. Yikes!


SPF = Sun Protection Factor, it is a gauge of how well the sunscreen will protect your skin from UVB rays. If you normally burn in 1 minute, SPF 30 multiplies that by a factor of 30, which means you could go 30 minutes without getting burnt under the sun. If you’ll be outdoors for long stretches, choose SPF 30 or 50, otherwise SPF 15 is fine.  Remember to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours especially when outdoors.


Get a sunscreen that’s water resistant for it to stay effective while swimming or sweating. You wouldn’t want a sunscreen that rubs off easily. Also remember to reapply each time you take a dip in the water.

These are the most important factors when shopping for sunscreen. To add, choose one that suits your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, go for something that is hypoallergenic. I personally prefer sunscreen that doesn’t feel sticky, and is free of parabens. Enjoy your summer and remember to wear sunscreen!




During pregnancy, women’s bodies go through A LOT of changes. Some expectant moms get the pregnancy glow all throughout the nine months, while others get more blemishes due to the increase in hormone levels. You may have given up sushi and alcoholic beverages for now, but does it mean you have to give up make up too? The good news is, you do not have to—just consider to use less products and be more conscious of what you slather on your face.

My advice for pregnant women is to simplify your make up routine. This is not the time to cover your face with heavy make up as if it were a mask and clog your pores. Let your skin breathe and only target problem areas. Here are a few problems that  can occur during pregnancy:

Problem: Pimples and Dark Circles

Pimples are caused by the hormone imbalance in your body during pregnancy and the dark circles are due to lack of sleep, especially during the third trimester when sleeping at night gets more uncomfortable and trips to the bathroom are more frequent.

Solution: For the dark circles, apply a concealer that is two shades lighter than your skin tone to lighten the under eye area. For the pimples, get a concealer brush and spot conceal your blemishes. Use a concealer color that matches your skin tone because using a lighter concealer will highlight the pimple instead of covering it. Remember to set it with powder so it lasts the whole day.

Problem: Nose widens

The nose widens because of excessive fluid retention during pregnancy that usually happens during the last trimester.


Contour the sides of your nose to make it appear slimmer. I prefer doing this with a foundation or concealer that is 2-3 shades darker than my skin tone. You may also use a matte brown contouring powder.

Keep It Simple

You don’t need to wear foundation all the time, but if you have uneven skin tone, sparingly apply a light liquid foundation, bb cream or a tinted moisturizer. Just always curl your eyelashes to open up your eyes, fill in your brows to frame your face, and apply blush to give the appearance of healthy skin. A good product to try is Pixi’s H20 skin tint. It has a cooling and refreshing formula that’s lighter and more breathable than regular foundation. It’s paraben and fragrance-free, too so it’s safe for moms-to-be.

Go Natural

For those who are worried about ingredients like lead, paraben, phthalate, and other harmful chemicals, you may also opt for brands that are organic, natural or vegan. As for what I apply on my lips, a good brand that is free of harmful chemicals is Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics–their lip tar is excellent! It is long wearing and pigmented.

The changes women experience during pregnancy seem daunting, but not to worry, what you have growing in your belly is priceless and beautiful. So, take care of yourself, smile, be confident and let that pregnancy glow radiate from within you!



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We all know that getting adequate sleep is good for our health, minds, and bodies. In fact, getting enough sleep also helps in preventing wrinkles. But did you know that your regular sleeping position may cause sleep wrinkles? Sleep wrinkles are formed when the face is compressed against the pillow every night. As we age, the skin’s elasticity decreases, and the constant compression can make the sleep wrinkles permanent. Here are ways to prevent wrinkles as we sleep:

Sleep on your back

Sleeping on your back is the best way to avoid sleep lines that can result to wrinkles. It also has other beauty benefits − I find that my skin becomes clearer and less likely to produce those unpleasant morning breakouts when I don’t rub my face against the pillow at night. It also results to better back alignment, but it must be noted that this sleeping position is not recommended for pregnant women, and for those with medical issues such as sleep apnea, snoring, and acid reflux.

Use a beauty pillow or pillowcase

If you prefer sleeping on your side, try a specialized beauty pillow designed to support the neck and decrease face compression as you sleep. A satin or silk pillow case may help decrease sleep lines, but it will not completely prevent it.

Use a moisturizer

Before applying moisturizer, use a mild facial cleanser that will not make your skin dry – dry skin can accentuate wrinkles. As people age, collagen production decreases and leads to wrinkles. Applying moisturizer will help rejuvenate and repair the skin. It will help the skin look younger, softer, more hydrated, and elastic. A good tip is to apply the moisturizer 15 to 30 minutes before bedtime – giving ample time for the product to really be absorbed into the skin. You may also apply the moisturizer around your eyes for an all-in-one moisturizer and eye cream. An amazing moisturizer that I recommend is the Embryollise lait crème concentrate which is available here at

Get your beauty rest

So there you have it. Remember to get enough sleep, it’ll make you look and feel great! Try to avoid constant all-nighters and your body will thank you for it in the long run, making aging a graceful and beautiful process.



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