Signs of Better Equality for Women

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Colleges and universities are one of the best places to go to where women can truly empower themselves. Finding an educational setting where you can grow as a person and increase your educational level is something that should be taken as a serious task. Where you enroll and complete your higher educational goals will affect almost every aspect of your life long-term, well into the future.

Women are now being strongly encouraged to enter into fields that were traditionally seen as being men-only fields. Surgical, engineering, mechanics, and many other fields are now seen as open-wide to women, too. Along with this new change, many developments are being made in women’s health. These include many discoveries that have also been made in the mental health care fields. Discoveries and developments are not confined only to the improvements in medical care which women can look forward to receiving in the future. Mental health care is not only being viewed as being just as important as medical, dental, or vision care, but at the same time, the stigma of seeking mental health care is fading away.

Because of all of these strides in enticing women into roles that have always been reserved for men, there are now more and more researchers who want to engage in finding out about neuroscience, stress, several disorders that were previously thought to only be suffered by men but never by women, and much more. Neuroscience curriculum development, just like all of the other areas that are starting to not only welcome women but to actually seek them out, is finding that it is becoming more inclusive of women in several various ways.

For example, before, the amount of nurturing a woman gave her young children may have been considered with interest in how the children developed over their lifetimes. Now, that same woman’s marital happiness, stress levels from managing her many roles, satisfaction with her career, and many other aspects of her life are factored in and included when before those variables were seen as pointless to the study’s data.

We, as women, have always known that what we do for ourselves, our partners, our families, and those we do business with is important. If there were no women, no one would exist. We have always been just as important as men are, and now it seems that the science, technology, and medical fields are finally realizing this major truth. What will you do with it?

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Staycation at Limketkai Luxe Hotel via Traveloka

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This week have been so draining and stressful for me that I feel I needed to get away from my own working space and go somewhere to just relax and unwind. It was a last minute decision to have a staycation – actually the night before the day I decided to stay somewhere for a day. Thank God for online booking applications as it made my life easier and definitely made the booking online possible and hassle free. I used the Traveloka App to book me a hotel room.

Honestly, I don’t normally use booking applications because I prefer to book directly at the hotel’s website where I want to stay. But because I was in bed already and was on mobile when I decided the staycation, I instead downloaded a booking application so I can book for a hotel room for the next day, I decided to go for Traveloka and I’m telling you, I had such an awesome experience!

Traveloka is a great booking application that assists travelers to get the most out their airfare and hotel booking experience in a quick and effective manner. I also love the fact that it is very easy to use and it gave me a lot of options as to which hotel to book and take note, the best rates were offered! Saved me hundreds! The app allowed me to see room options and best room rates per hotel. All I had to do is search for the hotels near my location (GPS should be turned on) and all available/affiliated hotels are displayed. Click on the hotel and you will be given the option to see more (rooms available and prices).

So to give you a glimpse of how reliable and efficient this Traveloka Booking app, I’m sharing with you my booking process (because I am that impressed! : D )

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Opening the application prompts the user these options. I wanted to try booking for flights but I had to stop myself! I needed to focus on Hotels for now! :D. See the Ongoing Promos Tabs? Get your discount codes from there.

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Oval Shaped Brushes From BeautyMNL

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Christmas came in a little early for me as I finally found the brushes I have been raving about for quite a while. I have seen them used by beauty bloggers and have seen them on makeup tutorials by youtubers I follow. It took me a while to get a set for myself because honestly it’s quite expensive and I am the type who does not really spend so much on stuff (yeah I am frugal :D). I’m glad I came across beautymnl.com because I finally found my own set of oval shaped brushes and take note, they are very affordable plus they were on sale when I got them! My eyes lit in excitement! So without doubt I made my order and tadaaa! here they are!

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These are my fabulous 5-piece oval shaped uniquely-shaped brushes from brush works made with a revolutionary nylon fiber perfect for a smooth and poreless makeup finish.

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  • Oval 10: Large oval brush blends on foundation, bronzers, setting, and finishing powders
  • Oval 8: A mid-sized oval brush that evenly applies blush, contour powder, foundation, setting, and finishing powders
  • Linear 5: A narrow brush that can be used for eyeshadow, eyeliner, and concealer products; can also be used to apply blush and contour kits
  • Linear 4: Small, slim brush sweeps on eyeshadow, eyebrow, eyeliner, and concealer products with control and precision
  • Circle 1: A small round brush that applies lip color, concealer, and eyeshadow, eyebrow powd

Beautymnl.com is an online shopping store where you can find different beauty products such as makeup of different brands, hair care products, skin care products, accessories, and beauty essentials you can think of! What I love with beautymla is the efficient delivery! I am located outside Manila so I was expecting to receive my order 5 days after my purchase but I was pleasantly surprised when I received the brushes just 2 days after I placed my order online! Wow! Kudos! I am seriously impressed! Do check out my review/vlog below (because I was so excited, I had to create one). My apologies for the video quality as the lighting was kinda bad but I do hope you guys enjoy it! Thank you again beautymla! I am definitely enjoying ’em brushes!

Giving this online shopping store two thumbs up for the amazing customer service, and for the great and affordable beauty products! Ladies you seriously have to check them out yourself! Chop! chop!

-xoxo-
LadySoda

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Giving Yourself a Little Extra Attention

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Staying refreshed can be difficult, especially if you have a busy schedule. It is important to spend some extra time treating yourself to a bit of pampering. There are plenty of ways that you can spend time relaxing. Here are some ideas to help you unwind at the end of a long day.

Soak in a Hot Bath

Taking a hot bubble bath can be incredibly relaxing. Many bath pillows are available that have suction cups that attach to the bathtub. Using a bath pillow will help you lean back comfortably and enjoy the warm water. You can also try to use a bath bomb with a relaxing scent, such as lavender, as part of your bath. Bath bombs are available in many scents, and these scents can invigorate your senses and help you relax. Many people enjoy reading a favorite novel or magazine while relaxing in a warm bath.

Give Yourself a Manicure

You can also give yourself a manicure as a way to unwind. After you are finished with your bath, gently push your cuticles back. Cover your nails with a natural nail base coat and follow this with your favorite color of nail polish. You may also want to give yourself a pedicure. You can try a variety of colors or techniques to enhance the appearance of your nails. For example, you can choose to polish your nails slightly different hues of the same color. Adding white tips on the end of nails can create an incredibly sophisticated style.

Use a Facial Mask

Many facial masks are available that offer ingredients that can soothe and refresh your skin. Applying a facial mask can help exfoliate your skin and get rid of dead skin cells. When you rinse the mask off, your skin will feel clean and smooth. The mask can help your skin gain important nutrients and vitamins that promote healthy skin.

Try to set aside time at least once a week to pamper yourself. Doing some of these spa services at home is easy and affordable. You will be delighted with the revitalized feeling you have after you have a chance to relax.

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Oils For Daily Use

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You’ve probably smelled essential oils at some point. They are the oils that can be added to bath water for a delightful smell and the oils that are sometimes put in vacuum cleaners to make the entire house smell good. You’ve likely noticed that they do wonders for the body. There are quite a few benefits of using essential oil singles, some that you might not know about that you might want to try as soon as possible.

One of the oils that you can dab on the skin is tea tree. It is good for healing issues with the skin, such as acne or fungus on the feet. Place a small amount on a cotton ball to put it on the face or other areas as you don’t need a large amount. If you’re looking for a way to relax, then consider using lavender oils. When the oil is warmed before going to bed, the scent can help relax the mind and the body, making it easier to go to sleep at night. You can also put a small amount of the oil in your bath water to help you relax as well. The oil can reduce stress levels after a long day. Put a small amount on your hands, rub the hands together, and gently sniff the oil to get the full effect of the oil.

Chamomile is often associated with tea. The oil has properties that are similar to the tea, relaxing the body and reducing stress. This is a reason why so many people will drink the tea before going to bed. Some people will add a small amount of the oil to their pillowcase to help relax the body and mind. Peppermint is an oil that has numerous properties. It can be used to stimulate the mind, or it can be used to increase mental alertness. Some people will dab a small amount of the oil under the nose to help open the sinuses. This will make it easier to breathe if you suffer from allergies or sinus infections on a regular basis with no relief from medications.

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Holiday Season and Party OOTDs

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December is no doubt the season for parties! It is also the season where most of us let ourselves go for the meantime because we just can’t help it! Food is just everywhere! Who can resist? But Personally though I knew I didn’t want to let myself go and have to keep watch on my diet because I have to look good on my OOTDs for all those holiday parties I will be attending! HAHAHA! Call me vain, but who wouldn’t want to look amazing on every outfit? Well I tried! So here are my top three favorite #OOTD from the different Holiday Parties I attended.

The Leopard Printed Romper

I am always skeptical about wearing rompers as I am afraid I’d end up looking like an overgrown baby! Rompers can be tricky so it is really important that you know how to style it, choose the right romper and pull it off and come out sophisticated. Here’s mine! Wore this during our Bloggers Thanksgiving dinner and Clubbing later part of the night.

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Tips for Choosing the Right Engagement Ring

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Finding an engagement ring that your girlfriend will love is definitely a challenge. There are so many things to think about. One of the most daunting parts of choosing an engagement ring is thinking about the fact that this is going to be a ring that will last a lifetime. You have to get it right the first time. The following tips can help.

One of the most important things is to understand your girlfriend’s personality. Look at her style and try to match the engagement ring to something that she already has or a style that she already likes. For example, if your girlfriend wears a lot of earthy tone colors and has a lot of jewelry that is made from beads, turquoise, and other more natural colors and stones, it is not likely that she is going to love a huge gold ring with a giant diamond in the middle of it. However, she may prefer something that is more subtle. She may like a platinum ring with unique shaped diamond. The idea is to find something that fits her personality and style.

Once you have an idea in mind for the style of ring that you want to purchase, you need to start shopping around. There are a lot of different options that you have for shopping around. You can visit local jewelers Scottsdale AZ, or you can shop online. The good thing about buying from a local store is that you know exactly what you are getting. And you will get it in the moment that you want it. However, if you decide to purchase online, you are going to have a lot more variety, and it may be possible for you to get a better deal on a ring. It is usually a good idea to do a little bit of both.

Something that you may consider is exploring the idea of going with a more nontraditional engagement ring or wedding band. This is where you will have to consider her personality. For example, she may actually want to choose the engagement ring. You can spend an entire day shopping together in a vacation destination. Not only will she have a ring that she loves, but she will have wonderful memories attached to it. Try to think outside of the box when it comes to finding the right engagement ring for your girlfriend.

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Hairfood Co. BlogCon Meet-up

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Hairfood Co., Philippines’ fast growing hair care brand recently held a blog conference in Cagayan de Oro to share the brand’s mission to the bloggers who attended the mini conference.

Though I have been using the products (Shampoo, Conditioner, essential oils such as the argan, rosehip, sunflower, and the weekend oil), I didn’t want to let the opportunity of hearing what they have to share about the brand so I was definitely grateful to have been invited to the event. It was such an eye opener and we all went home filled with knowledge about the brand and most of all, the chemicals we unknowingly put onto our hair/body that actually harms us, jeopardizing our health. Interesting!

Because hairfood co is focused on producing haircare products that does not result to eventual hair damage and health hazzards, I think it was great that they went their way to educating us about the main contents of the hair products we commonly use. I wasn’t really big in checking what’s in the hair products I use but after the blogcon, I realized I should be more vigilant to every product’s content regardless if it’s food or personal effects. It’s alarming how naive most of us are, and how we unconsciously put our health to peril by using  hair products that contains Paraben and Sulfates.

Paraben and Sulfates? WTH are those? Well, to help you understand better, Here’s a short info about them.

The Truth About Paraben and Sulfates

What is Sulfate?

When you wash your hair with most shampoos, you will most likely work up a thick lather (love it! right?). This thick lather that many of us love to see or feel, is actually produced by the sodium lauryl sulfate placed in the shampoo. Sodium lauryl is a detergent and crystalline salt of sulfated lauryl alcohol. Sodium lauryl sulfate is a sulfactant; a sulfactant is a product that reduces surface tension between a liquid and a solid. This reduction in surface tension is what produces the rich lather. Once surface tension is removed, the barrier between your hair and the shampoo is eliminated, enabling the sodium lauryl sulfate to rid the hair of oil and dirt.

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Fitness: Monday Full Body Workout

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Hello everyone! I mentioned in my first fitness journey blog post that I will be sharing my journey on this blog to keep you guys posted on how I am doing so far. So today I will be sharing my routines from yesterday (Monday) after being absent from the gym for 5 days including the weekend. That’s my longest absence by the way except that time when Coach Moy had me rest for a week. I kinda feel a little bloated because I let go of myself last week! Like I literally ate ANYTHING I wanted to eat! I was on a trip and of course, I made an agreement to myself (yeah I do that sometimes 😀 ) that I will let myself go and just enjoy the week. So there I successfully fed myself with salty, sweets, meat (pork), soda, and everything else I would not normally eat on my regular days. My friends even asked me if I was stressed out because I was eating “abnormally” hahaha! I wasn’t stressed out actually, I just decided to let myself go. I lived a little :).

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So back to Monday, and back to my normal conscious self. I missed the gym so much that I was so excited to be there and workout! Glad to see my coach again too! We did a Full Body workout on a Monday and I couldn’t feel much better afterwards! Full body workout means, working on every part of my body (legs, glutes, arms, shoulders, chest, back, core). Since I just got back from a 5-day break, I decided to take it easy on weights. Here’s a short video on SOME of my routines.

Routines:

Cardio (treadmill) – 15 minutes
Squats (Smith Machine) – 20×2, 15×2 (44lbs weight)
Leg Press – 20×2, 15×2 (143lbs)
Deadlift – 15×4 (60lbs – 30lbs each hand)
Lat pulldown (back & front) – 10×4 (back) 10×4 (front) @ (50lbs)
Side lateral raise – 10lbs dumbbells each hand (15 reps each side x 4sets), 5lbs dumbbells each hand (20 reps each side x 4sets)
Shoulder Press – 15×4 (44lbs)
Weighted curl-ups – 20×4 (10lbs weight)
Push-ups with oblique twist – (15×3) (I just added this routine)

I definitely felt better after my workout. I was feeling a little weak (it’s normal when you just got back for a few days absence) but I didn’t allow that to stop me from pushing myself :). And may I just mention that I had a long run 2 days before. My first 15km run which left me a little exhausted. I have my light and comfy running backpack to thank for for sustaining me the entire run.

Had oatmeal for dinner and greentea before hitting the sheets!

Today is another day and I am looking forward to tonight’s routines again! I hope it’s going to be legs!

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Vivo Launched V5 For Perfect Selfies Smartphone

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The top 5 global smartphone manufacturer Vivo revealed its secret to redefining the perfect selfies with the launch of the Vivo V5 smartphone in a grand launching held at Solaire Resort and Casino in Paranaque City. The Vivo V5 smartphone highlights its Perfect Selfie capabilities with its high-quality front-facing camera, fast performance, and upgraded features that ensure great experiences for its users.

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“The V5 embodies Vivo’s relentless pursuit of innovation, with technologies and functions that our consumers look for in their device. With the V5 and its industry-leading features, we continue to push the boundaries of a premium mid-range smartphone as we highlight Vivo’s high standards in smartphone design and feature,” said Vivo Philippines Vice President Hazel Bascon.

WHAT’S IN A VIVO V5?

Premium Mid-Range Elegance

The Vivo V5 sports an all-metal unibody shell back case that comes in champagne gold and rose gold colors. Up front, it features a 5.5-inch 128×720 HD display clad in 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass for protection, giving the V5 an ideal premium feel in the hand. Performance wise, the Vivo V5 is equipped with a MediaTek MT6750 octa-core processor running at 1.5GHz and paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage expandable via micro SD up to 128GB.

The V5 also features a front-facing fast fingerprint scanner capable of unlocking the smartphone in as fast as 0.2 seconds. It also features fast-charging technology to quickly top-up its 3,000mAh built-in battery.

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