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The All-in-One Guide to Choosing the Perfect Foundation Based on Skin Type



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Foundation isn’t a case of one size fits all. Do you need to get a liquid foundation, a powder one, or will a combination of the two be better for your skin? Then you have to think about the tone of the foundation. Going too dark will make your foundation stand out, instead of being a base for your makeup that helps to cover up some of your imperfections and improve the tone of your skin.

It’s time to think carefully before you buy your foundation. Look for one that is right for your skin type. Here’s an all-in-one guide to help you choose the right foundation base for your skin type.

What Does Work with Your Skin Type Mean?

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Your foundation goes directly onto your face. When we’re talking about working on your skin type, we mean both your tone and the natural oil production. If your sebum levels are high, you’ll want to look for foundations that won’t lead to a greasy texture. Likewise, if your sebum levels are low, you’ll want a foundation that helps to add moisture to your skin.

Foundation should look even. People shouldn’t look at your face and instantly tell that you have a layer of foundation on. Of course, they may know this if they know what your natural complexion looks like, but strangers shouldn’t instantly see the lines left over from thepoorly blended foundation and streaks from your oil production. They shouldn’t look at your face and then your chest and see two massively different colors.

It’s important to work with the natural color of your skin. If you have pale skin, don’t use your foundation as a way to darken the tone. Work with a foundation that is a couple of tones darker at the most.

If you have very pale skin, you’ll always want to watch out for the red and pink tones. They can create an orangey look rather than the rosy complexion that you dream of.

Know Your Skin Type

Before you even start looking for the right type of foundation, you need to know your skin type. There are five types of skin types:

  • Normal
  • Oily
  • Dry
  • Sensitive
  • Combination

If you have a normal skin type, you’re in look. Your skin will be almost flawless. You may break out in an odd pimple, but you don’t have an issue controlling your natural oil production. You can get away with any foundation, whether liquid, powder or a mixture of both. The only thing you must consider is the color.

The level of foundation you use will also be completely up to you. Those with normal skin are the envy of everyone else. It’s a case of trial and error to find a foundation that makes your skin look perfect. When applying it, look for brushes or applicators just to help avoid damage to the eyes and to avoid too much oil transfer from your fingers.

If you have one of the other types of skin, you’ll need to use specific foundations. Let’s look at each type of skin to find the right foundation for you.

Foundation for Oily/Combination Skin

If you have oily or combination skin, you’ll have some similar gripes. Your skin will feel oily to touch, especially around the T-zone on your face. You can end up with foundation running through the day. By noon, you have a glisten that tells the world your pores are seeping oil.

Those with oily or combination skin usually have to deal with blocked pores and a lot of acne. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not specifically your diet that is causing your oily skin. Hormonal imbalances, stress, illnesses, and just a natural level of oil production can lead to oily skin.

When choosing a foundation, look for something that has no oil at all. Oil-filled foundations will breakdown with the natural oil production. You end up losing the covered look and will start to show streaks throughout the day. The oils will also build up with your natural oils, further clogging your pores.

Instead, you want an oil-free formula. Yes, you can still use a liquid foundation if you’d like, but opt for one that is designed for those with oily skin. Look for one that is water based, especially mineral water based.

You’ll also want to look for an oil-free foundation that has added SPF. The sun’s rays will make your oil production worse and irritate the skin further. You’ll end up with more bacteria growth, cell death, and pimples on the face.

Whatever type of foundation you use, make sure you wash it off at the end of the day. Get into the pores to fully remove it. Oily skin is the worst for damage when makeup is left on overnight!

You will also want to use a primer on your face. This will help to protect your pores before you apply foundation.

Applying the foundation:

It’s not just about the type of foundation that you get, but the way you apply it. If your skin is oily or acne-prone, you want to keep your fingers away from it as much as possible. Your hands are covered in natural oils, even if you’ve just washed them or showered.

Get a clean brush or an applicator every time you use your foundation. You want to clean your items as soon as you’ve finished using them. The oils will collect on your brushes and allow bacteria to grow within them. If you use disposable applicators, throw them into the trash when you’ve finished with them after one use.

Don’t be too rough with the application. You want to dab and work in softly to get an even coverage across your whole face.

Dry Skin Needs Creamy Formulas

If you have dry skin, you will need the opposite of the oily or combination skin. This is when you can start using oily options. However, you want to make sure the oils are good for you and will add hydration to your skin. The last thing you want is for the oils to sit and clog your pores. You want them to get deep into the layers of the skin to hydrate from the inside out.

Look out for foundations that are full of anti-aging formulas. They will help to repair cell damage and support the collagen production in the skin. When the collagen production is supported, the skin will be more elasticized. You will see fewer wrinkles, while also having luxurious looking skin.

Foundations with added antioxidants and SPF are good. If you don’t want oil-based foundations, look for those that contain glycerine. This is a non-toxic method of hydrating the skin throughout the day.

Try not to use a powder foundation when you have dry skin. They can dry out the skin, causing it to flake and look worse than it is. It’s also worth using a moisturizing cream or primer before your foundation application. This will help to prevent the foundation blocking your pores and encourage more hydration throughout the day.

Rather than a liquid foundation, consider the use of tinted moisturizers. This will help you avoid too many chemicals on your face, while still getting a tanned complexion and uniform look. The moisturizing cream will get into the layers of skin to offer full hydration throughout the day.

Applying to your skin:

Unlike oily skin, you can get away with using your fingers on dry skin. In fact, this can be the best way to apply your foundation. You want the extra oils to get into your skin.

Finger application will also allow for some massaging as you apply. This will help to boost the blood flow, improving the collagen production further.

If you have aging skin, avoid pulling around the eyes. Use the ring finger on each hand and gently apply around to avoid tearing the skin. The eyes are the most fragile parts of your face.

Mineral Foundations for Those with Sensitive Skin

If you constantly feel like your makeup irritates your skin, there are high chances that you suffer from sensitive skin. It can seem like there’s nothing for you, but this isn’t the case. You just must be very picky about the type of foundation you pick.

You will want to look out for mineral makeup. This can be more expensive, but it is so worth it when you don’t feel like scratching the base off throughout the day.

The good mineral foundation will include skin soothers within the ingredients. Look out for afoundation that is packed with zinc, a natural healing element. You’ll always want to avoid those that have preservatives, fragrances, and perfumes. Check out the ingredients lists. Perfumes and fragrances have thousands of other ingredients that you won’t find written down anywhere.

Mineral foundation won’t just help to avoid irritation of the skin. You’ll heal some of your skin. The foundation can help to improve discoloration and reduce inflammation and redness.

The most mineral foundation is in powdered form. It can be less heavy than liquid foundations. If it is too messy for application, look out for a pressed powder. You can get some for a small amount of money with sunscreen protection. Make sure you wear sunscreen with sensitive skin, as it is more likely to suffer sun damage.

Applying to the skin:

You may find that a brush is your best option for applying the powder foundation. You’ll want to wash the brush after every use in warm water. Avoid using any detergents or soaps that risk drying out your skin and making the irritation worse.

This will be a case of trial and error. You’ll find the best method of application for your skin, depending on the level of the sensitivity.

Working with the Color of Your Skin

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You don’t want your foundation to work as a self-tanner. Your foundation should blend in with your natural color, helping to create a uniform complexion. You want to go no more than two shades darker than your natural skin color.

When shopping in the drug store, you’ll need to check out the complexion on your face. Many people use the back of their hands, but this part of your body isn’t going to be the same shade as your face. Let’s face it; your hands will tan relatively easily compared to your face.

It’s worth noting that the lighting in the stores isn’t going to be right for picking your shade perfectly. Try moving towards a window to test in the natural light. Swipe a little bit of foundation along your jawline and check the color of your neck. Your jaw and neck are the lightest parts of your face, helping you find a good tone for them.

Use color charts to help you and be as honest as you can about your natural skin tone. Talk to a shop assistant to help you choose a shade that works with your tone the most.

If you have a red tint in your face, avoid the red tinted foundations. It may sound odd, but you could look into foundations that have a hint of green in them. The green works against the red in your natural complexion, avoiding an orange or overly-rosy complexion. If you don’t have the red tints in your cheek, you can opt for some redder foundations.

It’s Time to Get the Right Foundation for Your Skin Type

Whether you have dry, combination, or oily skin, there is a foundation out there waiting for you. It’s all about thinking of the oil production you have and if your skin feels irritated a lot. Work with a foundation that does the opposite of your skin, and you’ll get a base that lasts throughout the day.

Remember your foundation is just a base. You shouldn’t be able to see that you’re wearing it. The foundation is there to create a uniform tone rather than tanning your face.


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Personal Growth Leads to Healthy Relationships, But Where to Focus?



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We often get the bug to take a course or get our life together. But the choices are endless and it can be hard to decide which activity or course would be best for us. This article is about putting your self to the wellness challenge. Recognizing where we are out of balance and focusing on that area will create a higher degree of wellness. And naturally, the more balanced we are personally, the better our relationships will be.

The challenge involves looking at four general areas of your life and rating how balanced your life is at this time. Caution: Examining your life in this way could lead to change! We start with the most obvious:

The Physical Self: Naturally, this involves looking at how you treat your body. Without a well nourished, rested, exercised, oxygenated body, you won’t have the energy to fully participate in your relationships. You’ve all experienced this when you’ve been sick. Not attending to this aspect of self is a way of saying, “I am not important.” Relationships require physical energy. Do you need to create more physical activity in your life?

The Emotional Self: This involves the concept of emotional intelligence or how well you handle your emotions. Are you able to access and acknowledge emotion? Have you developed the skills necessary to share feelings appropriately to create intimacy? Or do you repress uncomfortable feelings with addictive or compulsive behaviors? According to the current expert on Emotional Intelligence, Dr. Daniel Goleman, we can increase our emotional intelligence skills at any point in our lives. Only with a high degree of emotional skills can we ever hope to achieve great relationships. Do you need help in identifying and expressing feelings?

The Mental Self: This aspect of self involves paying attention to our mental needs. Like the physical self, the mind requires different things at different times. Sometimes it requires stimulation, at other times calming. Many people don’t realize they have the power to slow the mind down and to take control of their mood. Instead, they just let their mind run wild. Do you need to learn meditation, tai chi or self-hypnosis?

The Spiritual Self: In my experience with people, this aspect of self is often feared and misunderstood. Many people have shared with me that they have no spiritual beliefs, believing that because they are not practicing a religion that they are not spiritual. I explain there is a difference. And when I ask if they believe in something bigger then themselves, they always say yes. When we explore that further, they find they have more spiritual beliefs then they realized. How well do you nurture your spiritual self? How connected are you to purpose and meaning in your life? How open are you to receiving information about these things?

While all aspects of self are intertwined with one another, they are all as important as each other. Equal energy needs to be applied to each aspect to create balance. Each is critically important to the whole. Most of us favor development in some areas leaving the other areas weak and underdeveloped. As you look at your lifestyle in these respects, I’m sure it’s clear where you might be out of balance. After that, it’s about deciding to make a change. Both you and your relationships will benefit.

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Brighten Up Your Brunch Menu



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Waking up early is hardly anyone’s favorite thing to do, especially on the weekends. Instead of planning an elaborate menu for brunch with family and friends, keep your plans simple and hit that snooze button. Transform a favorite recipe with new, inspired ingredients instead of traditional brunch fare.

Try putting a twist on a classic breakfast by opting for Maple Leaf Farms Duck Bacon instead of pork bacon. It’s thick-cut, ready to cook and perfect for pairing with eggs, pastries or fruit. With a hearty taste and texture and 57 percent less fat than traditional pork bacon, duck bacon can satisfy hungry, waiting guests and give them a tasty start to their weekend.

This brunch recipe for Duck Bacon and Brie Cheese Stuffed French Toast can be thrown together in an instant with mouthwatering ingredients. The addition of duck bacon adds a unique flavor and wow-factor that can leave guests asking for more.

Find more brunch recipes and information about cooking with duck at

Duck Bacon and Brie Cheese Stuffed French Toast
Recipe courtesy of Chef Ben Vaughn on behalf of Maple Leaf Farms
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Butter, for coating pan
4 large eggs
dash of salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ounce bourbon
8 slices day-old sourdough bread
8 ounces Brie cheese
12 slices Maple Leaf Farms Duck Bacon, cooked crispy
8 tablespoons melted butter, for topping
maple syrup, for topping
powdered sugar, for topping

Heat oven to 375 F. Butter baking sheet well.

In small bowl, beat eggs with salt, sugar, milk, vanilla and bourbon. Pour into flat-bottomed dish.

Submerge all bread slices in dish to soak up some of egg mixture. Work in batches, if necessary. Turn with spatula and soak other side. Do not soak too long or bread will be too saturated and difficult to handle. Gently transfer four soaked bread slices to prepared baking sheet.

Place 2 ounces cheese on each slice. Add three slices crispy bacon on top of each cheese portion.

Top with another soaked bread slice. Press filled bread together firmly.

Place baking sheet in oven; bake 15-20 minutes, turning after 8-10 minutes to brown both sides.

Serve immediately with melted butter, maple syrup and powdered sugar.

Source: Maple Leaf Farms

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Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass Celebrates a Decade of Wellness and Success



Wheatgrass C.A.N. International Inc. Senior Manager- Head of Finance and Shared Service Jeffrey Fietas, Senior Marketing Manager – Corporate and Consumer Health Armi Rose Montano, Assistant Vice President- Digital Division Jeryl Bandelaria, CEO Edward Ling, CEO and Ardijansah Calayag, Vice President – Corporate and Consumer Health, Wheatgrass C.A.N. International Inc.

From influencing the Philippines’ wellness landscape to making a difference to the lives of Filipino families, Easy Pha-max Wheatgrass continues to grow by leaps and bounds and remains to be a sought- after superfood stalwart in the country.   

Founded in 2007 by Malaysian businessman Edward Ling, Wheatgrass CAN International (WCI) started with a modest beginning. Little did he know that in humble confines of a rented apartment in Dian, Makati will be the birthplace of a wellness brand that’s synonymous with vigor and vitality. As the country’s largest distributor of wheatgrass products with cleansing, alkalizing, and nourishing benefits, Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass is now considered a household name and continuously making waves in the country for over ten years.

That’s why Easy-Phamax Wheatgrass’ lifestyle-centric campaigns talk about relatable real-life situations that get to the heart of the consumers. “Sickness leads to bankruptcy, emotional pain, and ultimately suffering of the whole family. By riding on different monthly health awareness events and strategies that enhance product knowledge about wheatgrass, consumers were able to develop a serious desire to lead a healthy and active lifestyle over time. Through our consistent marketing efforts, consumers of Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass were able to discover its one of a kind health benefits, which all play a big part for the overall prevention strategy that could positively impact their future,” said Wheatgrass C.A.N. International President and CEO Edward Ling.

Because of our fast-paced, harried lifestyle, eating healthily is almost next to none. More often than not, vegetables are absent or inadequate in family meals thus the need for supplementation. And since one sachet of Easy Pha-max Wheatgrass is equivalent to 10 kilos of vegetables, the “No veggie, No problem” slogan strongly appealed to individuals who deviate from vegetables in their diet.  Each sachet is not only loaded with nutrients, its patented Indoor Organic Cultivation (IOAC) process is an assurance of the product’s safety and purity that’s guaranteed free from bacteria, mold, and chemicals. Additionally, its organic fertilizer that allows roots to grow and spread even in the absence of soil that contains the cancer-fighting abscisic acid is what makes Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass a powerful concoction.  

The Father of Wellness, Edward Ling adds “Wheatgrass is all-natural and has a unique property of nourishing the blood. Another factor that brings the product to the consciousness of the consumers is the wheatgrass’ chlorophyll content, which is considered the “green blood” of the plants that helps to sweep out toxins and heavy metals in the body. Well-nourished blood means optimum cell regeneration, which makes oxygen and nutrients get to travel around the body freely. In addition, healthy blood flow is the foundation of good health and one of the secrets of long life, so paying attention to our blood health should be a serious goal. “

The brand has been synonymous with the longest-running brand ambassador, sportscaster and fitness advocate Dyan Castillejo who truly remains to be one of the most influential personalities of all time. Her admirable physique, active lifestyle, and wellness advocacies encapsulate Wheatgrass C.A.N.’s mission of changing lives with optimum health as the beginning.  “With the goal of reaching out to the next generation, fifteen-year-old Matthew Castilejo-Garcia joins her mom Dyan as one of the lead ambassadors of the brand. Now overtaking the world through tennis, Matthew’s burning passion for sports and wellness makes him the perfect fit to launch our products to the young consumers,” added Ling.

To welcome the year with a bang, Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass recently celebrated its decade of success and long-standing market leadership at the Manila Polo Club. Industry leaders, ambassadors, partners, colleagues, and supporters gathered for a night of revelry and thanksgiving with the freshest update of what’s more to come. With its people, the main asset of the company, its top sales managers and leaders like Vice President, Head of Corporate and Consumer Health Jansen Calayag Senior Manager and Head of Marketing Corporate and Consumer Health Armi Montano were recognized for their hard work, dedication, and commitment during this event.  A strong advocate of preventive health, Wheatgrass C.A.N. International’s head and shoulders above success are merited to its hard-working team who share a passionate goal of transforming lives.  Its empowered and talented wellness consultants, administrative department, sales and marketing team who work behind the scenes are considered the company’s greatest asset in reaching the vision of a lifetime of health and wellness.

Easy Pha-max Wheatgrass comes in original, honey, and lemon flavors and available in all Mercury Drugstores, S&R, Watsons, and other leading supermarkets nationwide.  For order and inquiries, contact Customer Service Hotline at (02) 8901111 or 09055757799 and follow social media pages: Wheatgrass C.A.N on Facebook and ilovewheatgrass on Instagram and Twitter.

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One-of-a-Kind Gift Ideas You Can Use this Valentine’s Day



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Valentine’s Day is coming up, which means you’ll have to start looking for a gift soon.  Let Globe myBusiness, the micro, small, and medium enterprise arm of Globe Telecom, introduce you to some great ideas which you can use to wow your significant other.

This year, make Valentine’s Day one to remember when you treat your partner to:

A perfect combination

Those “His” and “Hers” items you find in department stores may seem cheesy to some, but there are more than a few products that are actually quite witty and useful, while at the same time very sweet. With a range that goes from pillows to towels to jewelry to clothing, there are more than a few ways to express your love!

A personalized keepsake

What could be more special than a gift that’s made for your partner alone? Personalized items have become such a hit that you’ll be sure to find names or initials on a multitude of items in just about any mall or shopping center. Make him or her feel one of a kind with something that’s undoubtedly theirs – just like you!


A handmade project

Nothing says “you mean a lot to me” like something you created with your own hands. This kind of gift adds the benefits of something personalized as well: not only is it unique, but it’s tailor-fit to what your partner needs and guaranteed to be useful and appreciated. Most of all, it shows you not only know your partner very well, but also care about what he or she needs.


A gift that keeps on giving

Who says gifts can only be useful once? For the practical partner, even the most unusual “gift” can be romantic if it can be utilized for long. Splurge on something your partner needs around the house, or get them something they’ve always wanted. Not only will they be very grateful, they’ll also be sure to remember you each time they use it.

A delicious feast

Who doesn’t love to eat? Valentine’s Day counts as the ultimate date night. Turn the date itself into a gift by going somewhere extra special. Binge on delicious food, share bites and stories, and most of all relish the calm and romantic ambience that only a very good restaurant has to offer.

A little something for the Earth as well

All kinds of love can be (and are!) celebrated on Valentine’s Day, so extend your care to all the people who matter to both of you. Make sure you show your love for family and friends as well, and while you’re at it, why not give a little something to the Mother we all love, our own planet? You can even turn this into a project you and your partner work together on — because why not?

An experience to remember

It’s one thing to get your partner an object, but it’s a whole other thing to get him or her an experience. Do something you’ve never done as your relationship takes to new heights, and get to know each other better as you’re thrown into all kind of situations or adventures.

A chance to learn something new

If you’re a business owner and you don’t always have time outside of work, yet neither you nor your partner would pass up the chance to discover new things, why don’t you check out a workshop or activity you’ve never tried before? More than just the introduction to what could be a new hobby, it would also be a great bonding opportunity for you two.

Valentine’s Day should be a special occasion simply because it’s there for you to celebrate the most special people. Don’t let it go to waste by giving your partner exactly what he or she deserves — the best!

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