It's the most wonderful time of the year once again, it's Christmas! I cannot even begin to describe how excited I always am when it's Christmas. Along with that excitement is a bit of stress. Admit it, gift giving is also stressful. Thinking of gifts to give our loved ones especially the men in our lives. I don't know about you, but I always have a hard time choosing gifts for men. I don't know if it's because the men in my life are generally very simple men, so thinking of what things they might like is even more challenging. 


Don't fret ladies, I got you! Here are some gift ideas you can consider.

BASICS:

Let's start with the basics. Sure, they might not be something grand or expensive, but trust me, it's thoughtful! Men are generally lazy shoppers. They don't like shopping especially for the most basic things! Trust me! So it's actually hitting two birds with one stone, you get to buy him things that he "really" needs and give them as a present! Your man will sincerely be thankful and it doesn't even cost as much.

Some of the basic gifts that I recommend are:

 Socks: Because if your man is like my husband, he wears socks every single day.

 Belts: They aren't keen on buying belts themselves. 

Underwear: Need I say more?

Handkerchief: Same with socks, they use it everyday.

EXPERIENCE:

If you want to give something than a physical item, why not give the gift of experience? From what I know, men also hold sentimental value to experiences, so why not give him a memory he can remember until he's older?

Some of the experience gifts I recommend are:

 Movie or Play: Depending on your man, you can take him on a movie date or to a play! Maybe even to something that they've been dying to see.

 Couple's Massage/Spa: Nothing is better than relaxing with your man. Some men also find it hard to visit a spa and unwind by themselves, so go ahead and do it together.

Eat!: Have a dinner date or even a breakfast or lunch date! Conversations are important for both men and women. Take this time to reconnect with your man over a yummy meal!

Getaway/Holiday: If you feel like your man needs a vacation, why not plan a surprise trip? If you have a workaholic man, he might need a little bit of push and somebody to tell him he deserves a little getaway.

Arcade or Theme Park: If you know that your man loves games, spend the day in an arcade or a theme park.

SPLURGE:

If you want something special this Christmas, go the extra mile and think of things that your man need but doesn't have yet. It may be as simple as a laptop case, a cellphone housing or even a charger. Think of things that he needs but he didn't realize he doesn't have yet.

Some of the splurge items I would suggest are:

A nice jacket: If you leave in a tropical country, you wouldn't think you'll ever need a jacket. But if you travel, you'll need it! So get your man a jacket even if he thinks he doesn't need it. ;)

 Shoes: My husband uses the same shoes almost every single day, so obviously, the life of his shoes isn't that long. Another pair or maybe a replacement pair is always nice so he doesn't need to think about it anymore.

 Fancy Dining: Everybody loves to eat. If you usually eat out with your man, why not treat him to something fancier? Perhaps, dine at one of the sought after restaurants or check out hotel restaurants too? They not only serve good food but the ambiance is lavish too.

Pillows or Bed Sheets: After a long day, nothing beats a good sleep and our beds give us that. Why not give your man new sheets? The soft sheets will surely make him doze off faster. If you have the extra budget, you can even give fresh pillows! Did you know that pillows are recommended to be changed after 3-4 years? So maybe it's about time he gets new ones.

HOBBIES/INTEREST:

It's common for us to think of the hobbies and interests of the receiver of a gift and to be honest, I find it easier if you know what he likes. You're sure that he would use/play whatever you give. The best gift receiver is one who collects! It's a no brainer what you'll give him. But- just remember, if you can take a peek of his collection just to see what he already has, that would be perfect! 

I think it's already self explanatory, so here are my recommendations:

 Games or iTunes credits

 Concert Ticket, subcsription to Spotify, a Record or CD

 Books, eBooks or Audio Books

 Pets, Pet Supplies or GC to buy items for his pets

 Membership to his sport, Jersey, Shoes, Sport Equipment

 Gadgets or accessories for their electronics

I hope that my list helped you out and gave you some ideas what to give the man in your life. Just remember that it's not about the price tag, it's about the thought that you put into the gift that counts. :)

From my man and I, Merry Christmas! :)

*Photos are from Google Images.


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NYX Cosmetics reopened last month at SM Megamall and I was one of the first people to get a feel of the new NYX store!


NYX has already streamlined their look and they now have a uniform look with all of the NYX stores worldwide. Isn't that amazing?


Going in is like entering makeup heaven as there's so much color, very hip vibe and lots and lots of testers to play with!
 


The store truly looks polished and very professional. I love all of the different racks and shelves that really make every makeup enthusiast sigh. Just look at all those colors!

  


Hello! That wall though!

During the event, we also saw the new products of NYX! Here are my top picks!

NYX Whipped

Whipped is so lightweight that it can actually be used as eyeshadow, blush and lip color! And look at those shades! Here are swatches:


There's also the Ombre Family! Ombre Blushes and Ombre Lipsticks:

 Ombre Blushes
Ombre Lipsticks

I think this was the main star of the night. We all know how ombres are the fad nowadays, so not only did NYX make ombre lipsticks, they even made ombre blushes! You can create that gradiant effect easily with just one product.

Here's a swatch:


There was also Strobe of Genius which was an illuminating palette. Talk about an all in one palette right? There are several shades to color correct, bronze and highlight the face!


There were also a couple of  new shades of their Liquid Suede lipsticks. Look at this shelf, it's such a beauty, seriously!


I think one of the most exciting things about the new store is the swatch and play area. Testers are there so customers can help themselves and swatch all they want. Best thing is that little gadget that you see below. They play NYX tutorials that you can easily follow step by step! :)


Also loved the NYX FOTDs! I learned that they're planning to put FOTDs of Pinays here as well! That would be reallye exciting. And just looking at it, it already give you inspiration, doesn't it? :)


So check our and visit the new NYX at SM Megamall! :) They're just across Forever 21!

Here's my vlog during that day:


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If you have been a follower of mine for quite some time, you would know that I serve very simple food during breakfast for my family. 4 years ago, when my husband and I moved to our very first place together, we had no helper. It was literally just us two. And given that I had no formal experience at cooking and preparing meals, other than the occasional dishes I whip out while I was still single; thinking of breakfast food left me with eggs, bacon, corned beef or sausages. Lucky for me, H is a very simple man when it comes to his breakfast. In fact, he can eat the same breakfast food every single day of his life.

A year later, after giving birth, time has become very valuable. Having no helper, no nanny to take care of my Robyn, it was all just me. We would usually wake up at aroung 9ish so that meant brunch. I honestly didn't had time to prepare lunch so it was usually just brunch. What was the meal I chose? Oatmeal. Yes, I learned how to eat oatmeal and that was basically our breakfast most of the time. 


My daughter grew up with oatmeal, so even upto this day, we still have oatmeals for breakfast. It's something that I was very happy with because oatmeal is rich in fiber, Vitamin B and minerals. It helps keep the digestive system clean and happy (trust me, I saw and experienced the difference), while meeting all thr nutritional goals on a daily basis. It's also a good source of protein and carbohydrates that will give energy.


As they say, "breakfast is the most important meal of the day." Quaker Philippines wants us to start out day right with one of nature's ultimate supergrains, Oats! 

My favorite from the Quaker Oats line is Rolled Oats. I like the texture and I personally find it to be healtheir because you get to choose whatever "toppings" you like. You can opt to choose fresh or dried fruits or add some nuts too!


If you're pressed for time, you can also opt for the Quick Cook variant which takes shorter time to cook. You may even choose to cook it in a microwave.


If you're on the go and have no time to spare, the Instant Oatmeal variants might suit you best. It's already flavored and it's so easy to prepare as you simply need to add hot water and stir, and voila, breakfast is served!


Did you know that it's proven that a breakfast rich in oats gives you a greater degree of satiety or fullness, which helps lessen the likelihood of overeating or consuming more unhealthy food.


Quaker Oats offers various options that are easy to prepare and extremely convenient to help you meet your daily whole grain and fiber needs. So go to your nearest supermarket and grab a bag!

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Hair coloring has been something that interests me and scares me at the same time. When I think of coloring my hair, I always think of the cons. It's costly to go to the salon to color the hair. If I DIY it, it's quite messy and I'm afraid it won't be uneven. The maintenance also scares me, the need to use special hair shampoo and conditioner made specifically for colored hair. Most importantly, the damage that it will do to my hair. Fried and dry hair isn't exactly anybody's favorite hairstyle. 

So when I got invited to Liese Creamy Bubble Hair Color event, I admit I got quite excited. I still remember back in 2011, when bubble hair coloring was just introduced, I already liked the idea and wanted to try it out. Never did because I didn't know of any reputable and trusted bubble hair coloring brands.

With hair so closely ingrained in one’s identity these days, everything that has to do with it—from its simple day-to-day care to coloring to styling—is now part of every Filipinas’ daily routine. This is how do-it-yourself hair coloring kits have become popular. The problem now is finding the right kind that will give the user salon-style results.


Liese Creamy Bubble Hair Color (BHC), Japan’s no.1 hair color brand, has partnered with Watsons Philippines and So Much Beauty stores to change how Filipinas color their hair at home.

Liese Creamy Bubble Hair Color promises to achieve evenly colored hair and promises a fast and easy process- perfect for a newbie like me.


During the event, they showed samples of the hair colored using Liese products. 

As you can see on the screen, that was the before photo of the first model.


This is her hair after using Liese Rose Tea Brown hair color:



The second model had dark/black hair before (as seen on the screen):


This is her hair now, using Liese Milk Tea Brown:



Her hair, as you can tell, looks very shiny and soft!



What I found really interesting is how easy it is to use. It's literally just like shampooing your hair. And it doesn't leave the hair dry and lifeless. Actually, It makes the hair smooth and shiny!


Liese Creamy BHC sets itself apart with its unique formula that leaves long-lasting effects through a hassle-free process. With its advanced foam technology, Liese offers Filipinas an easier alternative that still results in even and vibrant colored hair in just three easy steps: (1) Mix the formula in the bottle with the foamer cap, (2) Massage the solution into the hair, and (3) Rinse the solution off after 30 minutes. 


Liese Creamy BHC offers six color variants, namely Rose Tea Brown; Raspberry Brown; Chestnut Brown; Milk Tea Brown; Milky Beige; and Marshmallow Brown, that Filipinas can choose from.  






I think Liese Creamy Bubble Hair Color is the DIY hair coloring choice for busy people like myself because it only takes half an hour to finish and because of its bubbles, you won't really need to wear a hair cap or a shower cap. ;)

I've chosen these 3 shades and I'm already scheduling when I'll use it, just in time for the Christmas festivities. I can't wait!


Liese is distributed in the Philippines by Vibelle Distribution, Inc and is available in selected So Much Beauty stores and Watsons stores nationwide.

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