Striped Self-Tie Waist Pants

During my time in Bangkok, I went to visit Wat Arun Temple. Even though it was hot, I knew I had to wear something that would cover my legs and shoulders to enter the temple. I chose to wear my striped self-tie waist pants from Evernew which I absolutely love! I thought the perfect match for these pants was a white top. Going to a temple, I chose to wear a white deep V-neck long sleeve bodysuit. I was going to be walking all day so I chose to wear my beige flats from GUESS. This outfit was classy, comfortable, and airy. I stayed cool throughout the day because of how thin the top was and how flowy the pants were.


Outfit Details

Top: Forever 21White Long Sleeve Bodysuit. Small

Bottom: EvernewAvery Striped Petite Wide Leg Pants. EUR 32


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My Daily Face Care Routine

I’ve always had dry skin. I was very stubborn when I was younger and even though my legs looked cracked, I refused to put lotion because I hated the feeling.

I grew up in the Philippines and would always spend weekends out of the city at the beach. I would come back sunburnt and peeling almost every time. Why? Like I said, I hated lotion so I almost never applied sunblock on my skin. I’d run away from my Yaya (Nanny) as a kid whenever she’d try to put that white creamy mask of sunblock on me. When I became a teenager, I started using tanning oil with no sunblock, very smart. I would also remove my makeup with harsh makeup-removal products that I would buy from any store.

A few years ago my stubbornness subsided because my face started to feel drier than ever and I started to get a little acne. I wasn’t used to getting acne because it never really happened to me before. I believe it began because my skin was getting drier and I wasn’t doing anything to take care of it. I think it was also because my hormones were jumping all over the place due to entrepreneurial life and the stress that comes with it. I searched through the Internet and read several blogs to find a solution, and that’s where I found some great products from The Body Shop and Human Nature.

 

Sunflower Beauty Oil – Human Nature

I began by looking for a healthy way to remove my makeup that contained less chemicals. Human Nature had a product called “Sunflower Beauty Oil” which was 100% natural, removes makeup, lightens dark spots, moisturizes the skin, and much more. I’ve used this for a couple of years now and from my experience, it’s one of the healthiest and effective makeup removers out there. Not only does it do a great job of gently removing heavy makeup, it even makes my skin feel rejuvenated afterwards.

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How to Remove Makeup

  1. Blot a little sunflower oil onto a cotton pad.
  2. Gently wipe the makeup off.
  3. Wet a soft cloth with warm water.
  4. Gently wipe off the excess sunflower oil from the skin.

 

 

 

Acne Defense Facial Wash with Tea Tree – Human Nature

When I started to get more acne, I discovered that I needed to use facial wash that contained Tea tree Oil because it is known to kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi. I am currently using “Human Nature Acne Defense Facial Wash with Tea Tree” which is 100% Natural and Hypoallergenic.

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I use Human Nature Tea Tree facial wash every other day, about 3-4 times a week. I don’t use it every day so to not abuse my skin because we do need to keep some of those natural oils. I’ve been doing this for a couple years now and the acne has subsided. It cleanses my face very well and I like that it does not contain any harsh chemicals.

 

 

VITAMIN E Aqua Boost Sorbet – The Body Shop

After using my facial wash, I apply a face moisturizer because tea tree dries the skin out. I use “VITAMIN E – Aqua Boost Sorbet” from The Body Shop. Now this product is amazing. I’ve been using it for 2 years now and it has done wonders for me. Remember how I was saying that I hate the feeling of lotion on my body? This product is refreshing and soothing and it doesn’t feel like a thick layer that masks the skin. This face moisturizer is refreshing with aqua sphere technology and drenches the skin with moisture for the whole day. This leaves the skin feeling cooler and softer. It is formulated with plumping hyaluronic acid, wheat germ oil and vitamin E, and it’s suitable for all skin types. I like to describe it as a thin gel with water particles that easily absorbs into the skin, giving you long-lasting hydration, and smells incredible! I don’t know about you but that seems like a pretty good face moisturizer! Honestly, I use this every morning after I shower and my face has never felt better than it does now.

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The Aqua Boost Sorbet has also saved me while I’ve been severely sunburnt. One day, I went to the beach and got so sunburnt that I knew my skin was going to peel the next day. I got very stressed knowing that I had a photo shoot coming up. I used this moisturizer 2-3 times a day and did not peel! This saved my life (or job) that day.

I definitely recommend this moisturizer to girls who hate the feeling of masking their skin with lotion or for those who just have a really bad sunburn. If you do get to try it out, please share your experience or story with me in the comments below. I’d love to hear how other skin types work with these products or any suggestions of other products I should try. Thank you for reading!

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Swimwear – The Minimalist Look

I grew up in the Philippines, so I naturally go to the beach a lot since I’m surrounded by 7,107 islands. Since I was a child, I swam in pools, snorkeled in the ocean, made sand castles on the beach, and was constantly in a swimsuit getting sunburnt. Once I became a teenager, I became a licensed PADI Scuba Diver and enjoyed free diving as well. The ocean is naturally beautiful and doesn’t need much to be. It’s blue with pops of color from lively coral. I like to blend into nature and the way to do that is by wearing a simple solid color or shade. None of this rainbow or patterned swimwear! I like wearing black, grey, white, nude, or pastel colors that are pleasing to the eye.

 

Recently, I bought minimalist swimwear from Mimosa Swimwear to wear during my beach travels around the Philippines. I believe that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Check out their Instagram! – @mimosa.swimwear.

 

Mimosa Minimalist Brazilian One-Piece

$27.99

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Mimosa Neoprene Bikini

$33.99

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Mimosa Solid Minimalist Bikini

$24.99

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Petite Pencil Dress

I always search for the women’s petite section in stores because small almost never fits me. I’m 5’5″ with vital stats of 32C – 25 – 34 (chest – waist – hips). Sometimes, XS is even too big for me depending on the brand. I have difficulty shopping for dresses that will hug my body. It’s not that I want extremely tight outfits, but they are more flattering for my body type. This is because when I wear loose tops, I look like a tent because of my cup size. I wish I could wear loose things but it just never works out for me.

Cotton On

This store is one of my favorite places to get dresses and tops since they have size XXS! I bought the XXS navy blue and white striped Kimi Scooped Bodycon Midi Dress below at Cotton On, High Street, BGC, Philippines. They have the same design in many colors so I will be going there to buy more! This is the perfect summer dress because it’s stretchy, light, flattering, and sexy. I matched the dress with my Aldo Villarosa Leather Block Heel Sandals.

Click below to see the prices on the Cotton On and Aldo websites.

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Kenya | What to Wear in October

I went to Kenya on September 28 to October 6, 2017 with my family. A few days before my flight I fumbled through my closet because I had no idea what clothes to bring! I checked the weather and it said it would be cold at night and hot during the day with a chance of light rain. I decided to bring a little of everything. During my time in Kenya, I learned that the whole country is elevated 1700 meters above sea-level so it’s a lot colder than I thought. The coolness was a nice surprise because when you think about Kenya, or Africa in general, you imagine it’s dry and hot. From my experience in Kenya, I’d suggest bringing:

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Below are photos of my family and I in our daily outfits.

 

MORNING

Morning game drives were after breakfast from 7am until 11:30am. The morning game drives were cold, so I wore a top with a September Jacket (Medium/light thickness), pants, closed shoes, and accessories.

 

 

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AFTERNOON

It gets warmer at noon so when you head back to your lodge for lunch, you can switch to a top with the option of a light jacket or button down shirt as a cover up. During lunch to near dinner you can also wear shorts.

 

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I visited a Maasai Village where a group of Maasai people lived. As I saw women walking around hunched over carrying pounds of firewood on their backs, I asked the son of the Chief Maasai what the responsibilities of the women were. He told me that they do chores such as cooking and milking, building and maintaining the houses as well as fetching water, collecting firewood, raising the children, milking the cattle and cooking for the family. So then I asked, what the men do and he said they protect the village and deal with trade. At the end of the experience through the village, we were brought to an open area in the back of the houses where the women were sitting on blankets with a spread of Maasai art and accessories for sale. Not only were the women in charge of everything in the village, they were also in charge of creating products and selling them to create income. I felt sad to see the men joking, laughing and sitting around while the women were hard at work. There was no balance in genders in this type of community. As I spoke to some of the Maasai women, I learned of how strong, independent and inspiring they really were with the situation they were born in. I was extremely impressed by them. #maasaivillage #kenya #maasaimara #africa #experience #learn #travel #world #life #women #strength

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COMFORT

During game drives you will spend all of your time in the car as it is illegal to exit the vehicle near animals, plus you never know when a hyena is hiding in a ditch nearby. Choose to be comfortable as you will be sitting majority of the time.

Don’t forget to bring resort-wear for when you are lounging around your Lodge by the pool or for dinner.

 

 

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I’d suggest not bringing any jewelry/accessories to Kenya. Instead, you could support the local Maasai people by buying their accessories and wearing their beautiful hand-crafted creations!

 

 

I absolutely enjoyed my Kenya Safari Vacation and prefer this over seeing any city. I came home so relaxed and full of energy as I saw life in action. It’s heart filling to see animals truly wild and free. I can finally cross this off of my bucket list!

Also keep an eye out for my Kenya Safari Vlog! I’ll post it on my youtube channel JuliaQuis soon! Thank you for reading!

 

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