Homemaking in a Fabulous Way

mommy time

Staying at home to care for your little ones and be a full time housewife need not take its toll on your once stalwart and impeccable fashion sense. It need not take its toll on your not-too-frequent indulgence or your make you look older than your actual age. I know for sure that mountain of laundry and loads of other home chores can take the better of you. Keeping the home spic and span can be way too tiring and don’t even let me go to child-minding, which is actually a 24/7 job that eats most bulk of your time.

Fret not as you can still be as glamorous and fabulous like you used to. Get some me-time over the weekends and treat yourself to a relaxing manicure-pedicure treatment. Get a new haircut or don a sexy wig, if you want to be more adventurous. Go to a thrift shop to get some new dresses and blouses to update your wardrobe.

Who says you need to be ugly while staying at home. I bet the little ones will appreciate having a mommy diva keeping watch over them all the time.

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Frugal ways to fake a facelift

Many people long for that firm, smooth skin on their face that they had as a teenager. If only it were possible to go back in time and relive those days when we didn’t need an ounce of makeup on our face. Nowadays many people get face lifts to recapture the youthful look, but the process is quite invasive, expensive and potentially risky. Many times, a surgical facelift does not turn out the way people expect it to. Face lifts can end up looking artificial and cause permanent nerve damage, which seems like a lot of risk for a procedure that is likely to cost many thousands of dollars.

Fortunately, there are several alternatives, so why not try the next best thing? Faking a face lift is easy, inexpensive and far more natural, so you will have a great look with way less effort. Read on for tips on faking a face lift and recapturing youthful looking skin.

Eat right

Eating the right kinds of foods can add an instant glow to your face, making you look years younger. Incorporate a wide variety of colorful and organic fruits and veggies to your diet. You need these vitamins to maintain healthy skin and fight wrinkles. Drinking lots of water will ensure you stay hydrated and help give your skin a healthy glow. Pineapple juice, in particular, is great for facial skin. Try freezing pineapple juice in ice trays and popping them out the next day. Run the ice cube all over your skin for about five minutes and the enzymes in the juice will help tighten skin and give it a ‘face lifted’ look.

Makeup tricks

Some quick and easy makeup tricks can give you the appearance of a lifted, younger face. Try a good under-eye concealer to mask dark circles and use an eye brightener in the corner of your eye to add lightness. Apply powder to add contouring effects to your face and highlighting powder across the cheeks to add a youthful glow. One word of caution here, you do not want to overdo the makeup, as too much can age your face. Remember, it’s all about finding the right balance.


Skin supplements add vitamins and nutrients that you might not get from your food, but which can help improve the look of your skin. Phytoceramides are one that’s especially well-known for helping achieve a youthful and firm look. If you decide to invest in supplements, take them exactly as directed in order to have the best effect.

Homemade facials

You can use easily found ingredients to create homemade natural facials for your skin. Mix together egg white and lemon juice then put as a mask on your face for at least 30 minutes. The vitamins will leave your skin absolutely glowing. Avocado also contains some great nutrients for your face, so add this into the egg white/lemon juice mix. Homemade facials are a great activity to enjoy with a bunch of girlfriends.

ivi Premium Collagen Powder Drink: The promise of youthful skin

Women my age consider actress Gretchen Baretto as the epitome of ageless beauty. She’s in her 40’s but doesn’t look close to her age. Aside from the fact that good looks runs in her blood, she can afford to maintain her appearance by following a certain beauty regimen. I’m not a big fan of hers, but I’m curious how she managed to keep her skin smooth and glowing like a woman in her 20s.

Last week, I saw Gretchen’s billboard as I was passing through C5 road. She is endorsing a skin product called ivi that promises to erase age mark. Now, I think I know the secret to her youthful skin.

When I got home, I researched about ivi on the internet. The site says its ivi Premium Collagen Powder Drink. I read carefully about the ingredients, direction for use and how it is supposed to work . I’m not used to taking anything to improve my appearance like whiten my skin or slim down, but this one, I want to give it a try because it’s not a pill but a powder drink that I can take with my favorite drink.

I’m not sure if my friends already notice it, but I have this fine line and visible dark circle under my eyes. They are clear indicators of ageing, which I bet you also fear of seeing in your face. We could not stop the ageing process, however, we can do something to delay it or slow it down by limiting exposure to the sun and pollutants that could damage the skin.

From the website, I’ve learned that each sachet of ivi contains the recommended amount of collagen. Collagen is the building block of our skin, the one responsible for its firmness and elasticity. We lost a considerable amount of collagen as we age. Our body stops producing it as we get older. This is where Ivi supposedly helps; (based on the website) it replenish the lost collagen in no time.

My first set of ivi

I guess, it’s about time I try something to improve my skin. So, after giving it much thought, I bought a box last week. I’m not expecting a miracle though, but I want to see for myself if the promise to “erase” age mark is true.

I’m mixing a sachet today with my cup of coffee and hope to see the improvement in 14 days. Watch out for the second part of this post.

Word of advice: Don’t take ivi if you think you are pregnant or if you are breastfeeding. Consult with you doctor first before taking anything.

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