1/30/2013

Whitening Serum for the BODY from Nivea!

Yes folks, you heard it right. We're usually familiar with serums as being applied on our hair, or on our face and they're placed in tiny tubes or bottles because though small, a serum is packed with more vitamins, nutrients, and all the essentials compared to ordinary moisturizers. It's also less oily.


 

When it comes to skincare, Nivea is one of the brands I trust; The tub of crème saved me from blisters and windburn when I climbed mt. pulag! So I'm really looking forward to give this one a try.

Imagine a serum, especially formulated for the whole body?! It works faster than a lotion and also absorbs better! It promises fairer, radiant skin in 14 days.While  I promise to give a review with pictures right after ;) ;) I guess I'll take photos of my best parts. my legs? Haha!!

If only the serum could make me as pretty as this lady! haha!


This is NIVEA’s first foray in introducing serum to the Philippine market, in its pursuit to provide more long-lasting whitening products that do not only stop at whitening, but persist to create a healthier, more vibrant skin tone that lasts. The NIVEA UV Whitening Serum contains real Vitamin C, nature extracts, UV filters and Hydra IQ that ensure whiter, healthier, more even-toned and moisturized skin within just 14 days, with results that visibly last.
 
Below are 11 benefits found in just one product:
 
1.       1. Advanced UVA & UVB cell protection with SPF25 and PA++
2.       2. Nourishes sun damaged skin
3.       3. Enriched with Licorice for fairer skin tone
4.       4. Enhances and supports the skin renewal process
5.       5. Infused with Hydra IQ and Red Seaweed
6.       6. Enriched with natural Vitamin C from Camu Camu
7.       7. Enriched with 95% anti-oxidant pure Vitamin C derivative
8.       8. Light and non-sticky texture
9.       9. Gives more radiant and fairer skin tone all over the body
10.   10. Gives smooth and even skin tone all over the body
11.   11. Skin compatibility is dermatologically approved
 
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The new NIVEA UV Whitening Serum is currently available in all Watsons branches. It conveniently comes in 200ml tubes for only SRP 219.00.  (so affordable!!)
 
To know more, visit
www.twitter.com/NIVEAPhils

 

1/28/2013

Weekend 1: Lean Gains Cheating : How Longganisa Ruined my Fasting

After 3 successful days of being strict to the no food after 4,  low fat high protein diet, it was this weekend that I had to "cheat"


Moist, juicy, spicy, tasty, pieces of longganisa matched with tomatoes and onion appeared right before the dinner table last Saturday courtesy of my grandparents who cooked an ilocos inspired meal.

As much as I want to reject the meal, it was hard not to because I wouldnt want to waste their efforts, and who can resist a delicious meal? That was around 6:00PM

Good thing that Saturday I went for around 40 minutes of Circuit Training at 360 Timog. So it sorta balances out. But only the calories, since longganisa is full of sodium and fat.


Oh and I also ate Bistek Tagalog on Sunday dinner.

So do cheats on weekend really harmful? I searched the leangains.com website and found out that we can have our occassional cheat days as long as it is still within the macronutrient and calorie count for the day and still follow proper timing the following work weekdays.

Today is the start of another week and so far so good, tomorrow my coach and I will have our weigh-ins and measurements. It's for the initial assessment; I can't wait for greater progress in the weeks ahead. I have a short term target of lower body fat and strength gaining until April, but I want to be ripped, really ripped by the end of the year and hope to stay fit until I grow "old" :)

Lots of love,
Kat

Intermittent fasting and regular meal patterns: mixing it up

Q: What's peoples experience with intermittent fasting on the week days and a "regular" diet on the weekend or something like that? I think that would fit my schedule perfectly, especially since i am much more active on the weekend and play sports/do cardio sometimes multiple times and very spread out.

A: Eating on regular intervals each day has it's benefits. Breaking the pattern may screw a bit with the ghrelin pulse. Ghrelin is a hunger hormone which rise in anticipation of a meal and is in tune with your day-to-day meal pattern. This is also part of why you can go for 16 hrs without getting hungry once you get used to it.

Practically, this might mean that it could be a bit harder to get back to fasting when you break the pattern (weekends). On the other hand, I've done it personally many times and I haven't experienced any problems at all. Fasting is still very easy after a day of more regularily spaced eating. It might take several days of a new meal pattern before a new ghrelin pulse pattern develops, so go ahead and try it.

1/24/2013

Day 2: Lean Gains, 360, and Fitness Goals




It was only late last year that I've been more conscious about my health and fitness. I never exercised, I ate until my stomach gave up and really didnt care. My realization that I have to do something with my appearance was when the LRT security guard approached me and asked me to sit down because he thought I was pregnant.

I still sat down and pretended I was carrying a baby! Haha.. hey it was so crowded!
You can read more about it here (http://www.kikaysikat.com/2012/11/360-fit-club-trekking-mt-pulag-and-gym.html)



A couple of months after. I wanted more. I no longer want to go to the gym just to have abs or lose weight. I wanted to get stronger. It's just not about how you look, it's the total package.
(naks)

It's currently day 2 of my Lean Gains "diet" where you can read more about here (http://leangains.com)

basically you have an 8 hour window to eat, and 16 hours to fast. I strictly eat veggies, lean meat, and fruits on my first 4, and then load on carbs/protein the next four. I eat more carbs during training days, and less on rest days.

Among all the "diets" I've tried, so far this is the most tolerable. You dont restrict yourself from counting calories, you dont limit to small amounts. You just eat, it's just the timing is different, and you just don't eat for a longer period of time. So why am I putting double quotes on the word diet, because Lean Gains is not just a diet, if it works for you, fasting may just become a lifestyle.

Besides doing this, I've been training a lot harder this week with Coach Yogi. He told me I had great endurance and stamina, but very weak strength wise so I'm looking forward to improve that aspect.

I'll be posting more of the workouts I did and the food I ate for the day in my future posts, just to keep track, and also for google to update its crawlers for my blog since daily updates means more "screentime" with search engines. HAHAHA.

Breakfast: 8AM
Greens - Lettuce drizzled with the slightest bit of Ceasar Salad dressing

Lunch: 12PM
Nasi Goreng from Hawkers - 3 pcs chicken, 1 fried egg, 1 fried rice, 1 glass dalandan juice

Afternoon: 3:30PM
1 Cup Lean Cereal
1/4 Cup Low Fat Milk

Workout:
55 Reps each, jogging from end to end while switching workout
1. Burpees
2. Squats w/ weights
3. Bicycle Situps
4. Pushups

100 reps - Battling Rope. Haha. A heavy rope you lift and move like you're maneuvering a horse. Ooh boy this one hit the spot! So tired after!

Coach Yogi told me he'll be training me harder next week since he noticed I didnt get too tired from the first round of exercises. I can't wait!

So what are my fitness goals? To be in better shape in 12 weeks, and to maintain a fitter and healthier lifestyle foreverrrr!



1/22/2013

Perfume Review: Narcisso Rodriguez For Her EDT vs EDP



Hello everyone! How are you all guys doing? I missed blogging, but most of all I missed interacting with my readers. I've been busy with reality lately. In the past few years, actually since highschool; Most of my "life" existed online. From studying, to games, even my social life. It only existed online. It's just this recently that I've begun to enjoy reality and not drown myself in a world that i made up. It's nice. I'm happy :) So spreading good vibes... kikaysikat is back, up and running! Inspired again! Haha we have those days right?

Now on to the review. I've been addicted to perfumes since elementary and collecting perfume bottles, even ask from my aunt and mom their empty ones! But I lost all of em since we transfered home :( So I'm starting out from scratch again.. will post a picture of my new collection on my next post...

Narciso Rodriguez...

Young and very modern American designer of Cuban origins Narciso Rodriguez has launched his first fragrances which has instantly become the hit in the US, and not only there. The new modern aroma is aimed at the modern and free woman, who is aware of her sexuality. Popularity of this fragrance (regardless of its unusual composition and a heavy character, and perhaps exactly because of that) is easy to explain because it reflects a desire of every woman to attract and seduce, and this fragrance has openly sexual character. Unusual lustful composition is created with the sensual musk in its centre, surrounded by orange, osmanthus and amber. The base unites vanilla, amber and vetiver. Intensive sharp scent with hidden and scarcely discernible densely-sweet nuance in the centre later turns into a soft and balmy powder. The aggression disappears and the fragrance becomes tame and gentle.
At first, in 2004 it was launched as EDT in a black bottle in pink outer box. Then in 2006 the EDP was created in a pink bottle and black outer box. The composition was changed, despite the fact that the musk note has remained in the centre of the composition. EDP has rose note in the top. The trace has become more mysterious and rich, thanks to exotic woods – patchouli and sandalwood. Both variances of the fragrance can be described as floral chypre with intensive musk nuance, only the first one is sharper and more aggressive, while the second one is sweeter and softer. The creators of these fragrances are Christine Nagel andFrancis Kurkdjian.
       Credits to: Fragantica.com

I tried on both on different wrists and they reacted differently.

 EDT has a sharp initial citrus smell, the middle note on me was synthetic, plastic, strong musk. I don't sense any orange blossom at all. The dry down was your standard amber, vanilla. It also smelled a bit masculine on my chemistry. 

EDT.  I disliked it initially but after a few uses i LOVE this more than the EDP it has more character, oomph, and lasts longer. Oh and the drydown is heavenly, though faded, the drydown smells like warm marshmallows on me, not too sweet but warm and pleasant. The musk never goes away, but gives that sexy vibe to the perfume definitely signature worthy... but it's a bit "cold" in our country right now, not sure how this would react during the summer.. hope this also works in summer months!


 EDP. Initial spray was soapy, clean rose scent. It was love at first sniff. I hate patchouli. I HATE patchouli. Fortunately, it was mild on this one and I can barely detect it on my skin. Middle and heart notes I can smell musk, florals, and some sweetness. It smells both sexy, sultry and sweet. Classy without trying too hard. Sillage is average, staying power is around 8 hours.

EDP is fresh and sweet
EDT is mysterious and sexy.

1/14/2013

NEWS FLASH! Sappe Collagen and Fiber Drinks Now Available!

There are a lot of drinks popping out recently that not only offers to quench your thirst, but also have other benefits like aid in weight loss, energy, whitening, and skin firming. But most of them are very high in sugar and too sweet, even if they say that they don't include excess sugar and that the sweetness comes from fruits (fructose).

Recently I tried an L-Carnitine supplement but after a couple of weeks I threw it away because I saw the capsules turning brown with wormy things inside. SCARY! So was on the lookout for a replacement pre-workout supplement since L-Carnitine really works in making calorie burning twice as much.




                                                                                                                                                                                   
Refreshing Beauty

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could refresh yourself with a delicious and
cool white grape and lime drink while taking care of your skin?
Beauti Drink with collagen, Thailand’s leading beauty drink now available
in the Philippines, does exactly that.

Normally, our body can produce its own collagen. However, by the age of 20,
production gradually decreases and causes the skin to lose moisture, which
leads to wrinkles and dry skin.

Manufactured by Sappe, the makers of the fun and flavorful Mogu Mogu Juice
Drink, Beauti Drink is packed with 1,000 mg of marine collagen per bottle,
a naturally occurring protein found in the body, which helps retain
moisture within the epidermis and leads to smoother, glowing and youthful
skin.

For fitness enthusiasts, there is also a Beauti Drink with fiber for a
healthy digestive system and L-Carnitine, a safe and proven fat burner.

Beauti Drink is the perfect beverage for beauty and health conscious people
who are always on the move. Grab one now in any Mercury Drug or 7-Eleven
Store near you!

Beauti Drink is the perfect beverage for beauty and health conscious people
who are always on the move. Grab one now in any Mercury Drug or 7-Eleven
Store near you!



Refreshing Healthy

Both fiber and L-Carnitine are very important tools in any health conscious
individual’s arsenal. It is a known fact that fiber is an essential part of
our diet. Fiber, which is found in vegetables and fruits, helps the
digestive system work efficiently and is known to prevent intestinal
cancer. L-Carnitine on the other hand, is a recognized fat burner. It
increases the use of fat as an energy source and also reduces fat mass and
fatigue.

Beauti Drink with fiber and L-Carnitine combines the health benefits of
both in one refreshing drink. Compared to other brands that offer these
benefits, Beauti Drink gives an incredible amount of 8,000mg. Imagine the
benefits of fiber to your digestion, at the same time, burn those unwanted
flabs with L-Carnitine. Beauti Drink is manufactured by Sappe, the makers
of the fun and flavorful Mogu Mogu Juice Drink.

For those the beauty conscious, there is also a Beauti Drink with collagen
for smoother and noticeably glowing skin.
Beauti Drink is the perfect beverage for beauty and health conscious people
who are always on the move. Grab one now in any Mercury Drug or 7-Eleven
Store near you!


Really happy to have the opportunity to try these awesome drinks just recently launched in our country.  After trying both for one week I can definitely see my skin improved and felt taut. But my favorite is definitely the Fiber with L-Carnitine; You can notice the effect right after drinking (if done with exercise) because you can feel more energized and you sweat more! It also regulated my bowel movement since I'm usually constipated :)

         The best part is, it doesn't taste too sweet and unlike regular drinks that leave a sticky feeling down your throat it goes down smoothly, like water, only better. Both variants have this fresh natural fruit taste you'll surely enjoy!

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