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Silence the Voices Within

Ever caught yourself scrolling through your Instagram timeline, seeing pictures of other people looking so good, living their lives in constant travels and shopping, and then thinking God, I’m so lame or I’ll never be like her? Or maybe going to the mall and seeing other people with their glamorous clothes, bags and clear bright skin and then thinking, I’m not pretty enough like her?

“Well, there goes your self-esteem. Down the drain it goes,” the voices say.

It’s these voices in our head that make a sunny day seem gloomy. The worst part about it is that these voices are our own; we’ve become our own critic.

Low self-esteem is when one lacks self-confidence and feels bad about her/himself. Those with low self-esteem tend to hate and constantly blame themselves. They don’t feel that they’re not good enough for anything and are unable to make decisions.

Although low self-esteem is not a mental health problem, the two are closely related. Some experiences of low self-esteem can become symptoms of mental health problems. If these negative experiences continue to happen for a long time, they may lead to mental health problems like anxiety or depression.

And since we wouldn’t want you to go down that direction, we’ve come down with a list of simple yet effective ways to slowly but surely silence that judgmental voice in your head:


No negative self-talk

First things first; you’re all you have so don’t put yourself down. Don’t feed your brain with negative thoughts, because then your body will radiate negativity in different forms, like through your behavior, your personality and your overall outlook in life. Instead, challenge that critical voice in your head against these negative self-beliefs by saying “Hey, stop it!”

Stop comparing

Your self-esteem gets flushed once you start comparing yourself to others; you start to talk negatively to yourself, which violates step one. Remember that you have your own strengths and assets and focus on them even more.

Exercise and eat right

Take care of yourself physically, too! According to Psychology Today, exercising empowers both your physical and mental health and organizes your day around self-care. To add to that, exercising helps improve your sleep patterns making you feel good even more. Pair that with a good and healthy diet, you and your body will feel its best.

Take a 2-minute self-appreciation break

Everyday, take time to look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself three things that you appreciate about yourself. According to the Positivity Blog, doing this does not only boost your esteem, but also turns a negative mood around. For a more powerful boost, write three things you appreciate about yourself in the evening; it may be in your journal or your phone, then you can read them later on the following days to make you feel good about yourself even more.

Be your own best friend

Imagine yourself to be your best friend and say things to yourself the way she/he would tell you. What would your best friend tell you when you’re feeling down? She’ll definitely say, “It’s okay” or “you can do it,” right? So tell that to yourself instead of dwelling on your mistakes. Cheer yourself on. “Go self!”

Be kinder to other people

Be kind and the world will be. Kindness not only brings joy to others, but to you as well. Knowing you’ve made others happy creates a sense of fulfillment. Be of service to others; it makes you appreciate yourself even more when you help others with their problems or even do them some favors.


Grudges may sometimes be the reason why you’re down. According to Psychology Today, by holding onto bitter feelings and resentment, we keep ourselves in a cycle of negativity. Think about those people who have caused that grudge and try to forgive him/her for what she did. It’ll lift a load on yourself once you’ve done so.

Spend time with those you love

Surround yourself with a healthy atmosphere and spend time with people who support you, rather than those who let you down. Talk to them about your problems, they’ll say the things you just needed to hear to feel better.


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5 Things We Love About Nailplay, a Luxury Nailspa

Tucked into a quiet area in the hustle and bustle of Banilad, you can find a haven where you can look fabulous and fresh in one go.

Nailplay is a luxury nailspa that was a brainchild of five ladies, who wanted a place that was clean, had a relaxing ambience away from the city, and basically, was their own secret getaway.

Upon seeing the studio, a lush landscape is the welcoming sight. To get into the nailspa, guests have to cross a little wooden bridge, above a pond filled with koi fish. Immediately, it’s obvious that a trip to Nailplay guarantees a relaxing experience.

Faye Louise Veloso, the woman who manages Nailplay, explains that the studio’s overall concept is more in line with wellness.

“It’s really a cross between an ordinary nail salon and a spa, so we refer to Nailplay as as Nailspa,” Louise says.

The nailspa, as it’s lovingly called, offers services such as their Luxury Urban Escape, which involves an hour of relaxation through their SpaPlay Mani and Footspa, followed by your choice of a deep back and shoulders massage, or their 30-minute hair treatment.

Of course, Nailplay also offers nail services, with a choice of regular or gel nail polish. For those who want a fancier take on nails, you may also get nail art done by their staff. To complement the massage and nails, try Nailplay’s Signature Mink Eyelash Extensions These are lightweight and natural-looking, as it comes in three different lengths to match one’s natural eyalashes. And, to round off the pamper session, they also offer eyebrow waxing and threading! There’s no need to hop from one place to another to get all these services done.

For those who want to have bridal showers or a pamper-filled birthday bash, Nailplay also offers packages that fit the client’s needs. The package includes the exclusive use of the venue for three hours, manicure and pedicure for all the guests and light catering for the event. During the event, guests may upgrade to any of the other services that the nailspa offers.

“It’s been quite popular with bridal showers, but we recently hosted a children’s birthday party,” Louise shares. “I’ve been told the kids had a blast!”

Louise believes that Nailplay’s venue plays a huge role in its success.

“The landscaping was done beautifully, and it doesn’t even feel like you’re in the heart of Cebu!” She says. “Our friendly beauty therapists are also what make Nailplay what it is—our top customer service is why our clients keep coming back.”

While Louise is often between Cebu and Sydney, she shares that treating herself is as simple as taking the time to eat well, do some exercise, or get a footspa—at Nailplay, of course. Her personal favourite service though, is their Signature Mink Eyelashes.

“One of the beauty therapists even thought I had naturally long lashes,” she recounts, “without realising I just had them done!”

While Nailplay has only one store in Cebu, Louise divulges that they have plans of expanding in the future.

“I think the wellness market in Cebu is ready for our luxury and boutique Nailspa services,” she states. “Hopefully within the next five years, you’ll see more Nailplay stores in similar unique locations.”

Check out the video below to know the 5 Things We Love About Nailplay, or visit their website at www.nailplayphilippines.com.

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These Four Women Show Us How They Empower Themselves Through Pole Fitness

Charmaine, Jane, Ginie, and Ant are four women who take women empowerment on another level. With their daily morning routine of working their day jobs and attending to other matters, they all meet up in the afternoon to do one thing – Pole Fitness. Inside their studio, Pole Sphinx, they practice and teach other men and women about the beauty and grace of Pole Fitness and how it has helped them achieve much of what they are today.

Zee takes you inside their studio to fully know how these women empower others through Pole Fitness.


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Get That Glow Up at Rustan’s Beauty Addict

Cebu’s favorite annual celebration of skincare, haircare, fragrance, makeup and all things beauty is back for its fourth run this Thursday, October 10 in Rustan’s Cebu, Ayala Center Cebu.

Heads up, Beauty Addicts! The metro’s favorite annual celebration of skincare, haircare, fragrance, makeup and all things beauty is back for its fourth run. Say hello to Rustan’s Beauty Addict’s 2019 iteration: the GLOW Beauty and Beats Festival. Happening on October 10 at Rustan’s Cebu, the first-of-its-kind festival brings together beauty gurus, skinfluencers and makeup aficionados alike in a celebration of two things we’re guilty of loving most: beauty and music.



Music has long been recognized as an avenue for self-expression and freedom, which makes it the perfect counterpart to the color, spirit and playfulness of the beauty realm. The GLOW Beauty and Beats Festival joins these creative forces to fashion an all-new Beauty Addict experience.

For Beauty Addict 2019, Rustan’s Cebu as we know it will transform into a wonderland of bright lights, fun installations and vibrant palettes, setting the scene for a festival getaway right in the heart of the city. Attendees can shop Rustan’s the Beauty Source’s ever-growing roster of beauty brands including CHANEL, La Prairie, Clarins, Jo Malone, Perricone, Nuxe, MAC, L’Occitane, Phyto, Diptyque, Jane Iredale, Stila, Deborah Lippmann, Acca Kappa, among others.

There will also be activity booths where Beauty Addicts in attendance can amp up their festival-worthy looks even further with a sprinkling of glitter, braid bar or an additional pop of color. Photo walls and a ball pool made specifically for snaps and Boomerangs will also ensure plenty of ‘gramming opportunities. To add more flair to your posts exclusive Beauty Addict Glow Instagram stickers, wallpapers and quizzes are available for your use!

That’s not all: what good is a festival without music? Live performances by DJ Gio Visitacion, The Wonggoys and Pandora await GLOW-goers. In between sets, attendees can listen to the specially curated Rustan’s Beauty Addict: GLOW Spotify Playlist (bit.ly/RustansBeautyandBeats) as they post away on social media from the comfort of the lounge and cocktail area.


Making the Beauty Addict experience even better for shoppers this year, Rustan’s the Beauty Source is delivering on the digital front, too. Generating more buzz for the annual celebration of all things beauty, Rustan’s has created a variety of exclusive Beauty Addict Glow Instagram stickers, wallpapers and quizzes for Beauty Addicts to enjoy.

This year’s event also marks the launch of the Beauty Addict mobile app. Simply download the Rustan’s FSP App on Google Play or the App Store and instantly gain access to all your Beauty Addict card privileges! Points earned on purchases made during the event can now be credited through the mobile app.

Any purchase made during the GLOW Beauty and Beats Festival promises an automatic Beauty Addict membership. For existing Beauty Addict members, we encourage you to download the app to get a 50-point reward equivalent to a Php10,000 purchase. Even better, points earned by members from purchases made on the day of the event will be multiplied by 10!

This year’s celebration is in partnership with Metrobank Femme Visa and Metrobank Femme Signature Visa. Guaranteed to be bigger and grander this time around, don’t miss out on taking special snaps and make sure to have your photos taken by Sweet Escape Photography. Enjoy drinks and cocktails from local craft beer brand Engkanto Brewery.

Keep up with the latest deals, promos and brand offerings by following Rustan’s the Beauty Source on Facebook  and Instagram (@RustanstheBeautySource) or visiting their official website at Rustans-thebeautysource.com

Follow and listen to the curated Glow Beauty and Beats Spotify playlist here: bit.ly/RustansBeautyandBeats

Official hashtags: #RustansBeautyAddict #RustansTheBeautySource and tag us @rustansthebeautysource

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