Valerie Tan

Val is a TV and events host from Manila. She is currently a segment host and producer of Trending on News To Go, GMA News TV.

Some of Val's more memorable moments were being nominated as Best Morning Show Host at the 2013 Star Awards for TV for GMA News TV's "Kape At Balita", and as Best Lifestyle Host at the 2009 Star Awards for TV for Q-11's "The Beat".

Her modelling career has been fruitful, having done lead roles for tv commercials that aired in the Philippines, Cambodia and USA.

Her passion for beauty is undeniable, resulting to this blog and her enterpreneurial baby, GlamBox Airbrush Cosmetics, which was awarded the Most Outstanding Makeup Brand for 2011 by Top Brands Awards.

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Before we got married, hubby and I vowed to travel often in our first few years of marriage. We want to maximize our honeymoon stage where it’s just the two of us.

And while moving from place to place, of course we want to travel in style! For that, there’s Conservo luggage covers to help us.

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Made of polyester and spandex, the stylish Conservo luggage covers fit most small, medium and large suitcases. The bright and unique designs allow you to easily spot your luggage. And oh, these are washable too!

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It’s very affordable at P750 for S, P850 for M, and P950 for L.

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Aside from looking fab, they serve the purpose of protecting your hard-case luggage.

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Now I’m excited for our next travel just so I can flaunt my luggage, haha! =P

Conservo, SMS or viber at 0917-8981662 Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/conservo888, IG: @conservo_ph

Canmake Tokyo is one of my favorite Japanese makeup brand because of its good quality, cute packaging and affordability.

They have new products and shades available so let’s run it down!

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Dual Eyebrow Stick #1 Natural Brown, recommended for those with black to natural brown hair

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Cream Cheek that’s easy to use by just blending it in with your skin

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Candy Wrap Lip for vivid color and moisture retention

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Jewelstar Eyes in #16 Jewelry Sugar Beige, a nude beige that combines sweetness with sophistication

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Stay On Balm Rogue in #8 Juicy Peony shade, an eye-catching vivid pink color

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Marshmallow Finish Powder for a matte finish that conceals pores and hides unevenness in your complexion

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Glow Fleur Highlighter in #02, contains pink pearl for a natural luster that blends into your skin

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I’m so ready and excited for more kawaii makeup looks. Thanks, Canmake! <3

Canmake, available in Somera in Glorietta 2. Twitter and Pinterest: CanMakePhils, Facebook.com/CanMake

In this photo, I’m riding in the new COMET E-jeepney, a vehicle that runs on electricity instead of gas.

We will be seeing more E-vehicles on the streets of Manila. Find out more in my Trending report.

Wearing a leopard print top while choosing between a savory or sweet crepe

To say that I take care of my face is an understatement. As much as I put on makeup, I also lather on rich moisturizers and sun block regularly.

But I have to admit, I neglect my skin. I rarely put on lotion and sun block for the body. The result - I have very dry skin. But I didn’t expect its condition to be worse than it is.

At the Physiogel Free In My Skin Movement launch last month, I found out its real state.

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With the help of their staff, she tested how moisturized my skin was.

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Applying the Moisture Checker to any part of your body, you will get a Moisture Reference Point.

Very High (45-99) - Healthy Skin barrier

High (40.1-44.9) - Great

Mid Normal (35.4-40.0)

Low Normal (30.0-35.0)

Very Low (20.1-29.9)

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Lo and behold, my score was 29.4, which is in the lowest range! =/

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Okay, I didn’t expect that! =P

The staff said I needed help as moisture escaped easily from my skin. Repair is needed to prevent moisture loss, and promote healthy, smoother, younger-looking skin.

She then applied Physiogel Cream on the same area and tested it again with the Moisture Checker.

In less than a minute, my score soared to 48.3, which is within the highest range!

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It’s so amazing! No wonder, Physiogel is the number one most prescribed moisturizer by dermatologists.

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Even after the event, I continued to slather on Physiogel lotion to my skin twice a day, and I indeed saw and felt a huge difference.

It made my skin a lot less dry. My skin now is a lot softer, smoother, moisturized and definitely healthier. Even after washing, I still felt the moisture on my skin.

An added bonus is that it is free from perfumes, preservatives or colorants.

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Thank you, Physiogel. I love touching my skin now and feeling the difference. =)

When it comes to nail art, no one does it better than the Japanese. They are known not only for their attention to detail but also for the spectrum of intricate design they can do.

So when fashion enthusiast Kiyosa Kato came to the Philippines more than a year ago, she saw a need to bring the Japanese nail art, quality, skills and techniques to our country.

And so Kiyosa was born.

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Over the weekend, they had a grand launch at F1 Hotel to introduce their services and well-trained team.

Here is the beautiful Kiyosa with the hostess Tessa Prieto-Valdes.

There was a beautiful set-up at the event, with a booth for guests to try on a kimono. Konichiwa!

There was also a nail fashion show to showcase some of their designs.

Here’s a glimpse of the Harajuku collection -

Sporty & Summer collection -

And my favorite, the Wedding collection -

Kudos to the whole Kiyosa team for the superb works of art!

I’m looking forward to trying out their gel nail art services soon. For sure, I’ll be sharing my experience here on my blog. =)

Kiyosa Japanese Total Beauty, Unit Ground A, F1 Hotel, 32nd Street Corner Lane Q, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig; www.kiyosa-nail.com, 0939-91568898, 02-8058888; IG: kiyosa_japanese_total_beauty

SM Megamall’s new Fashion Hall is becoming a place to go to for a good mix of international labels and new concept restaurants.

I met up with my friend’s family there a few days ago and I wanted to bring the kids to somewhere cool.

So here we are at Kool Kids Ice Cream and Co.

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Local ice creamery Kool Kids aims to give kids and adults a unique and memorable experience.

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Ice cream is made-to-order and it uses liquid nitrogen to freeze it, creating a smoother and softer texture.

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They handcraft their ice cream in small batches from scratch everyday using fresh ingredients.

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Sounds promising, huh?

They have an interesting selection of flavors although I find it quite limited.

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We gave our orders and their staff started preparing our treat for everyone to see!

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Kids, for sure, will enjoy the eye-catching transformation. Pretty cool!

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Here’s the White Crookies (white choco + cookies + nuts). Since I’m a lover of chocolate and cookies, I like this flavor the most!

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This is Nuts 4 Nutella-

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And Mad Vanilla -

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The texture was indeed milky, smooth and creamy!

Everyone finished their cups so suffice to say, we enjoyed it. =)

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Kool Kids Ice Cream and Co., 5/F SM Mega Fashion Hall; 56B East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City, 02-6318482

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Invest in your skill and your career. Enroll in GlamBox Beauty Studio workshops.

Limited slots per class so you are ensured of a hands-on training. Certificates to be awarded to participants.

See you there! =)

GlamBox Beauty Studio, Unit 2C, Value Point Building, 227 Salcedo St., Legaspi Village, Makati, www.facebook.com/GlamBoxCosmetics, IG: @GlamboxBeautyStudio

According to WebMD, Spider Veins are smaller, red, purple and blue vessels that also twist and turn. I have some on my left leg. They don’t cause any pain so far, but when Integrity Aesthetic and Wellness Center offered to help me treat it, I said yes right away.
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Here I am with dermatologist Dra. Annabelle Ledesma-Pacia who facilitated the treatment.
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Integrity Aesthetic and Wellness Center uses the Candela Gentle YAG laser to remove unsightly facial and leg vessels. The laser delivers a pulse of light into the vessels, which is absorbed by the hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying component of red blood cells.
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The laser disrupts the blood flow and subsequently shuts down the offending vessel, which is then re-absorbed by the body over a period of 4-6 weeks.

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The treatment generally feels like a bee-sting, and no topical anesthetics may be used as this may effect blood flow and compromise the efficacy of the treatment. Pain is tolerable and a coolant is used to reduce any discomfort and protect the surrounding tissue.

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Right after the short 5 to 10-minute treatment, the spider vein changed in color.

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I went back to my normal activities right after so there’s no downtime with the Gentle YAG Laser Vein Removal.

Fast forward to 4 days after the treatment-

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I’m so happy with the result! The spider vein is almost unnoticeable! The doctor said there might be some possible bruising after the session but I was lucky my skin handled it well.

I would need to go back to Integrity two more times in the next few weeks, just to make sure the spider veins will be gone permanently.

The photos say it all! I highly recommend Integrity’s Gentle YAG Laser Vein Removal! <3

Integrity Aesthetic & Wellness Center, 788 Banawe Avenue, Brgy. Siena, Quezon City, 7110427, 7110383, www.integrityaesthetic.ph

I lift weights and do cardio exercises regularly to achieve my goal of gaining more muscles, getting stronger and becoming leaner. 

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But exercising is not enough. Overall fitness is the balance of physical activity and good food intake.

Honestly, it’s not an easy and fast journey as I’ve made mistakes along the way. I do watch what I eat but I don’t count the calories and I’ve made mistakes in food choices because of ignorance.

Proof is this photo taken end of August 2014, in the morning, before breakfast. The measuring tape was placed around my belly button area- 29.7 inches.

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It is a bit huge for my small frame.

The smallest part of my waist though fared a bit better at 25.2 inches.

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So to help me reach my goal faster, I asked Daily Grub to provide me a 1800-calorie a day meal plan for the month of September.

Daily Grub prepares gourmet meals based from your diet needs and delivers it straight to your doorstep.

Here’s a sample of their menu-

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Based on your goal of either losing weight or gaining mass, you can choose between 1200 to 3000 calories a day. It includes three gourmet menu meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner - and a snack, that are carefully prepared and reasonably proportioned.

They deliver freshly prepared meals Monday to Friday.

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It’s perfect for busy people since meals come in microwaveable containers.

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Their Italian trained chef knows the right balance of calories and nutrients so you won’t need to worry about food. All you’ll have to do is enjoy every meal.

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I’m always on the go so I usually bring it around in my lunch box. Feeling student hehe!

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The meals are very tasty and flavorful. I didn’t feel like I was on a “diet”.

Just look at some of my favorite ones. This is the Spam Open Faced Sandwich for breakfast.

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Corned Beef Sinigang with Red Rice for lunch

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Chocolate Pudding with Walnuts for Snack

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Beef Tenderloin Steak with Marbled Potatoes for dinner

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It’s also reasonably priced at P1800 a week for 1200-1800 calorie meal plans, and P2500 a week for 2000-3000 calorie meal plans, plus delivery fee. If you think about it, how much is it to eat outside, P200-350 for just one meal?

Daily Grub meals felt like comfort food but with a touch of gourmet so I enjoyed it a lot! Two thumbs up, Daily Grub! =)

Now, unto the results.

I’d have to admit that I cheated a few times. I would sneak in junk food here and there but I’d say 70-80% of the time, I stuck with the meal plans. Even on weekends, I would still carry with me the habit of eating right.

So after one month of Daily Grub and regular exercise, here are the numbers.

SMALLEST PART OF MY WAIST -

Before: 25.2 inches

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After: 24.7 inches

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LOWER BELLY / BELLY BUTTON AREA -

Before: 29.7 inches

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After: 27 inches

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BACK, SHOULDER & ARMS -

Before:

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After:

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It’s not easy to build lean muscle, most specially for women. Putting on muscle starts with one’s level of testosterone, and women just don’t have a lot of it.

It’s been a slow and steady progress in gaining muscle mass but I’ll get there soon. =)

Big thanks to my personal trainer, Jek Fermin, and of course to Daily Grub! I shall be continuing with Daily Grub for another month and will share with you updates on my fitness journey.

Stay strong, healthy, and beautiful! =)

Daily Grub, www.facebook.com/DailyGrubPH, IG: @DailyGrubPH, 0933 625 9039