30-Day Low Carb Challenge | 21st Day Update

In the 3rd week of the challenge, I averaged 55g of carbs (48g net carbs). I consider this a win! Date CaloriesBurned CaloriesEaten Carbs Net Carbs Fats Protein Nov 15 1664 1489 29.1g 16.7g 107.4g 104.6g Nov 16 1593 1099 16.8 12.6 75.9 84.7 Nov 17 1593 2190 35.9 29.7 192.3 76.0 Nov 18 1650 1830 106.5 98.9 101.9 113.2 Nov 19 1696 1119 62.1 56.7 72.5 58.7 Nov 20 1792 1124 69.7 64.7 66.6 60.3 Nov 21 1871 1134 66.2 60.5 63.8 73.2 Average 1694 1426 55 48 97 81 I forgot to weigh myself, but I think my…

Makeup and Skincare Low-Buy 2018 – 3rd Quarter Update

I wish I had been more prolific in blogging about my makeup and skincare low-buy efforts. Good thing I was diligent in listing down everything (see photos; click to enlarge). My running totals for the year, as of October 31: Gifts / Purchases = 81 Empties /  Expired and Tossed Products = 126 I regret not getting the running total every month-end. That could’ve discouraged more purchases. My ratio of deductions to additions is — 1.5 : 1. I also noticed a downward trend in the number of my purchases as months go by. In October, I was finally successful…

Grilled Beef

30-Day Low Carb Challenge | 14th Day Update

I averaged 46g of Carbs (36g Net Carbs) the second week of the challenge. Woohoo!!! I did it! I meal-prepped but the food only lasted us for half of the week. Haha. I should improve on my meal planning skills. When I’m not able to bring packed lunch, I either buy food from the office cafeteria (one veggie and one meat dish) or go to a fast food burger chain and order a bun-less 100% beef burger. If you’re in the Philippines and there’s a cafeteria or karinderya near you, I think it’s easy to eat low carb. Pinoy dishes…

Pixi Glow Tonic-Soaked Gauze

DIY Glycolic Acid 5% Peel with Pixi Glow Tonic

I’ve always avoided Glycolic Acid due to a bad breakout I experienced almost a decade ago from Neostrata 10% Glycolic Acid and Derma E Glycolic Acid Cleanser and Toner. I thought I’d give th active another shot when I started using The Ordinary Peeling Solution and realized that it had glycolic acid, but didn’t break me out. I also didn’t experience any untoward reaction from several Glycolic Acid Facial sessions with Aesthetic Science Clinic. Maybe the key to not breaking out, at least with my skin, is to rinse off glycolic acid after a few minutes. 🤷 This is what the RN/esthetician…

30-Day Low Carb Challenge | 7th Day Update

Prior to starting this challenge, I was already eating relatively low carbohydrates (around 50-100g/day*) to prevent Type 2 Diabetes (for a time my blood glucose readings were in the prediabetes range). These past several months I noticed I haven’t been as mindful with my carb intake and started to feel heavy and lethargic again despite not gaining weight. My morning fasting glucose levels were also not at the optimal level–I am not prediabetic again (thankfully!), but close. For this challenge, my rules are simple: Eat <50g of carbs (tracked with Cronometer); and Eat mostly real/whole foods My goal is to…

Before Using Tretinoin, Here are 6 Things to Consider

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Tretinoin (all-trans retinoic acid) is probably the most studied anti-aging and anti-acne skin care ingredient. I’d be surprised if you’re a skin care addict and you haven’t heard of it. It has 50+ years worth of scientific evidence to back it up. If you’ve read the positive reviews from long-term tretinoin users, you might get tempted to go to your nearest drugstore and buy a tube. Before you do that, please read this post first. Disclaimer: I am neither a dermatologist nor a cosmetic chemist. I can only share my experience with tretinoin stuff I…