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Mommy Ginger shares reviews on great products that would make a mom’s life easier and definitely happier!

Foreo Bear Review: Facial Workout at Home

Do you do facial exercises? Do you work out your facial muscles? I’ve been reading up and exercising your facial muscles can help with toning the face and also help give you glowing skin. With blood circulating in the face more, oxygen, vitamins and nutrients reach the cells in your face, too. Since I’ve seen the benefits from the products of FOREO, aside from the FOREO UFO and FOREO UFO MINI, I wanted to try BEAR by FOREO Sweden. This blog is about my Foreo Bear Review.

BEAR gives you an energetic facial workout. So just like the other Foreo products, you register and link the device with the mobile application that goes with it. 

Foreo Bear Review

Let me introduce you to BEAR.

Foreo Bear Review: Foreo Philippines

It gives you an energizing facial workout with its microcurrent  technology and the T-Sonic pulsations. It’s also very safe to use because of its Anti-Shock System. The Anti-Shock System scans and measures your skin’s resistance to electricity and automatically adjusts microcurrent intensity for both safety and comfort. BEAR adjusts microcurrent intensity automatically in just 0.002 seconds, so no need to worry about feeling uncomfortable.

It should be connected to the FOREO For You app to guide you in your facial fitness routine. You can also choose to increase or decrease the microcurrent intensity using the app.

The design looks like a bear and is ergonomically shaped to fit facial curves. You can use a fully charged BEAR by FOREO Sweden 90 times, so there is no need to keep on charging the device.

Foreo bear microcurrent toning device review

How to Use the BEAR by FOREO Sweden

Turn on the Foreo For you mobile application. It will ask you to use the Foreo Serum. You will need to use the Foreo Serum and spread it all over your face. The Foreo Serum contains squalene that is an antioxidant and Hyaluronic acid that hydrates your skin. Once your skin absorbs the serum, you can start the treatment using the FOREO BEAR.

My Personal Experience Using BEAR

I was pleasantly surprised when I used it! You will feel a microcurrent running through your skin. It’s surprising if it’s the first time that you are using it. FOREO BEAR and the FOREO BEAR Mini are the only at-home microcurrent devices that feature an Anti-Shock System so it’s really safe to use. 

You will feel these superior microcurrent & T-Sonic pulsations as you use the FOREO BEAR and go through the treatment. The session only lasts for a few seconds, but again the benefits are a lot! If you feel you want to increase the intensity of the microcurrent, just adjust it in the FOREO For you app.

I use BEAR every evening. During these times when I can’t go to my derma or even have a facial (I’m too scared to leave the house), it’s a nice feeling to know that you can have it at your home. 

My skin care routine starts with me washing my face thoroughly. After using my toner, I immediately jump into this session with my BEAR. I use my FOREO UFO after to end my routine.

Foreo Bear Review: Before using the foreo bear microcurrent toning device
Foreo Bear Review: After using the foreo bear microcurrent toning device

After using BEAR, I feel that my skin is tighter and toned. It really feels like my skin is more energized and alive! I love how my jawline feels so toned and chiselled after use (though you can’t probably see it in the pictures).

The most noticeable and visible change in my after pics are the lines under my eyes and on the side. The lines are less visible! BEAR really helped minimize my laugh lines around my eyes. 

That’s the most visible change, so I really look forward to using this continuously. I’ve been using it for close to a month now, and I’m excited to see how my skin will improve more as I age (so ironic!). 

My favorite BEAR feature would have to be the microcurrent (as surprising as it may seem to many!). I feel that it’s really effective and I feel that it will really delay wrinkles and saggy skin from showing up.

So that’s it for my comprehensive Foreo Bear Review. Try it, too, and let me know what you think!

Check out the product at Sephora.ph: https://foreo.se/5kc

P.S. Here is the other article that I wrote about the FOREO UFO and FOREO UFO MINI

Mary Kay Naturally

As a beauty b/vlogger, I would often try whatever I see online. But as I grew more older and more mature in this profession, I realized that what I’m doing affects my overall health. The skin is the largest organ of the body and it’s just right that we care for it as much as we care for the other parts. Today, I’m so happy that I got to receive another product (actually a whole line of products) that is natural. So it’s called NATURALLY from Mary Kay and this natural skin care line just launched in the Philippines.

I don’t have time to vlog yet this week, since I’m testing another product that I will write about soon, but I just wanted YOU, my dear readers, to be the first few people to know about Mary Kay Naturally. This line is composed of a cleanser, exfoliator, oil and moisturizing stick that helps heals and revitalizes your skin.

The ingredients of this line are almond oil, olive oil, cornflower, floral water, and candelilla wax to name a few and these are all natural ingredients and naturally derived (90%). All of the products in this line are free from parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrance and dyes, and SLS/SLES.

To guarantee that everything from sourcing and processing, to manufacturing and packaging are adherent to consumer guarantee standards, EcoCert (European certification body) has given Mary Kay Naturally a COSMOS Natural Stamp. What I like about this line is that it really takes sustainability seriously.

And since it’s made out of natural ingredients and derived naturally, those with sensitive skin can use these products.

Steps and different products:

Mary Kay Naturally Purifying Cleanser

Instructions: Apply to cotton pad and massage onto damp face. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.

The Mary Kay Naturally Purifying Cleanser removes dirt and leaves skin soft, refreshed, hydrated, and comforted without the tight, parched feeling from chemical cleansers.

Mary Kay Naturally Exfoliating Powder

Instructions: Shake the container well and avoid eye area and inhalation of the powder. Get a quarter size amount of powder onto your palm. Slowly add water and try to get that consistency that you want. Customize by adding 2-3 drops of Mary Kay Naturally Nourishing Oil. Massage onto your face and rinse thoroughly. Pat dry after.

I’ve been double cleansing ever since a few years back and after I double cleanse, I normally use an exfoliator. This Mary Kay Naturally Exfoliating Power is a gentle exfoliator that absorbs excess oil, encourages skin cell turnover, and soothes skin with an all-star composition of rice starch, hydrogenate castor oil, citric acid, and baking soda. I can’t wait to try this out. I’m surprised that an exfoliator comes in powder form and excited to see how it helps eliminate dead skin cells and dirt.

Mary Kay Naturally Nourishing Oil

Instructions: Apply 2-3 drops to palm, press both palms together and then gently massage onto your face.

I’m excited to use this nourishing oil which has moisturizing and antioxidant properties. Sweet almond oil, sesame oil, olive squalane, and Vitamin E work together to hydrate and nourish skin, leaving it
smooth, soft, and supple to touch. This can be used not only for the face but also for the elbows, hair and nail cuticles for extra moisture.

Mary Kay Naturally Moisturizing Stick

Instructions: Smooth onto dry areas of face and body.

This Naturally Moisturizing Stick is quite unique. This is the first time that I have actually tried using a moisturizing stick. This product is for those with especially for dry skin. The moisturizing properties of candelilla wax, beeswax, and squalane along with antioxidants sunflower seed wax and sunflower seed oil are fused in a balm formula that can be used to treat dry patches on the face, elbow, knees, cuticles or heels.

I’ll be testing this out come November and I’ll let you know what I think. If you are using any of these, hope you can share with us your experience and comment on the comment section below.

Have a great day!

Smart Plasma Mask with Build in Ionizer: Mask We All Need

I have a new mask called Smart Plasma Mask to keep me protected and I must say, this is the mask that we all need. Let me tell you off-hand that at Php 5500, it’s pricey for a mask but affordable as an Ionizer. I started with the price so that you know how much the investment is before you continue reading the article. With that, let me tell you that this device is super worth it.

To check purchase this, you can go to this link: https://shopee.ph/msc.shop Use MSCSMOMMY FOR AN ADDITIONAL 6% discount! 🙂

Let’s start with the “why”… why did I buy this mask?

I haven’t been outside that much since March 14. See… I still remember the date. The longest time that I left the house was when Zeeka had a stomach ache and we had to go to the hospital. Turns out, she was just VERY constipated (thank goodness!). I bought the mask because one of the things that I have noticed when we wear masks is that, we can’t breathe easily when we’re wearing the N95 masks that we have. This is good because that means it really blocks the virus. But when you have senior citizens and kids, it’s hard for them to wear these because they get annoyed.

Next is that with the face shields that we are required to wear with the mask, it’s uncomfortable. Don’t know about you but I perspire a lot (so does my husband and daughter) and when we wear these two things together, we’re drenched in sweat.

And the last thing that I’ve noticed is that when we remove our mask in a restaurant, we just place it anywhere. With this, it’s not really that “hygienic”.

So I did my research and found this high tech mask! As you know, I love reviewing unique things like this, so I did and tried the device.

Before going to the review of the mask, let’s start with what makes this Smart Plasma Mask different from other “power masks”. It’s different because it’s also has a built-in Ionizer.

What is an Ionizer?

Ionezers create negative ions. Negative ions attach to dust and make it fall. This is why people with severe rhinitis like me are advised to have ionizers in the room. As for it’s chemical reaction, negative ions break down virus and bacteria. This is why people use it during this time of COVID.

Have you heard people say that if you have allergies or respiratory problems, you should go to the beach? The scientific explanation is really because of the amount of the negative ions in the air.

Check out this chart that shows the different negative ion concentrations.

So usually at home, we have a low concentration of negative ions.

All About the Smart Plasma Mask

The Smart Plasma Mask has a negative ion concentration of 80,000 /cm3. I started using it as an ionizer also in our room this week. Just to let you know, I tried to wean off from my antihistamines. I’ve been taking one tablet a day since a year ago. This year, I really want to stop using.

Last Sunday, I stopped, so Monday I really felt terrible. They only thing that helped me breathe, at least a little, was this Smart Plasma Mask. I would place it on my bedside just like this and I would leave it turned on using the switch holder.

It really helped me a lot, and because of this, I have been turning it on every evening since that time.

During the day, EJ loves using it also when he does errands. He said that it’s very comfortable to use and it’s easier to breathe.

What he finds really fascinating is the design of the mask when you ‘re not wearing it. You can just hand it around your neck!

Some FAQs!

How long does the battery last?

It lasts your 2-3 days without charging

How long can I leave it on?

8 hours is fine (like leaving it overnight). Please turn it off in the morning by removing the switch holder.

If something happens to the device, who can I turn to?

You can contact their distributor here in the Philippines. It’s under Min Shiang Corporation.

How do I clean the device?

You can wash the silicone ring with hot water and you can use alcohol as well.

How about charging the device?

Please always USE ONLY the inclusive adapter 5V/1A (Ampere) when charging. Only use a powerabnk with an output charge of 5V/1A (ampere).

Again, to buy this SMART PLASMA MASK, you can go to this link: https://shopee.ph/msc.shop Use MSCSMOMMY FOR AN ADDITIONAL 6% discount!

Smart Mask Treatment: Foreo UFO and UFO Mini Comparison Review

I’ve been running a business for the longest time. With the experiences that I have gone through, I learned that two things matter in this life. One is how you use your time makes a difference, and two, rest and rejuvenation is as important as being productive. I also decide which products to use based on these two things. This is why I’ve been an avid fan of Foreo UFO and UFO mini for a month now. And of course, I’ve also been using the UFO Activated Masks with these two devices. 

For today’s post, I wanted to share with you what Foreo UFO and UFO mini are and my experiences after testing both products.

Why I tried Foreo UFO and UFO Mini

As an advocate of having healthy and glowing skin, I usually do a weekly round of research. I check out different “unique” and new things that are in the beauty industry. Products that attract me are those that also leverage on technology, innovate and constantly listen to the ever changing needs of their customers.

This is the reason why Foreo UFO and UFO Mini (and honestly, most of their products in their site) caught my attention. 

For some reason, with the same amount of time, I just feel like we need to accomplish more things. With this, we don’t get to spend as much time with our loved ones.

Foreo UFO and UFO Mini changed my beauty routine. I normally would go through 10 steps in my skincare routine in the evening. With masks that I have to wear for at least 15-20 minutes, the entire routine takes me around 40 to 45 minutes to finish. 

Don’t get me wrong! Although I enjoy doing my routine, as a mom, I would still rather spend that time playing with my daughter. With Foreo UFO / UFO Mini and the UFO Activated  Masks, it only takes me around 90 seconds to reap the benefits of a mask.

How do you Use UFO and UFO Mini?

So UFO by FOREO Sweden is a device that you use with UFO Activated Masks.

Normally, you need to leave masks for 15-20 minutes on the skin to enjoy the benefits. With the UFO and the UFO Mini, you only need 90 seconds. Although, personally, I use one pack thrice every night! Haha! I notice that the Foreo Activated Masks have a lot of serum in one pack. The serum can take me through three 90 second sessions. I really feel so relaxed after one 90 second session that I crave for more.

The UFO by FOREO Sweden comes with an app that guides you on what to do. Once you download the app, you just need to connect it to the device and you’re ready to go. I love that having the UFO, the UFO’s app and the UFO Activated Mask makes me feel that I’m in a spa even if I’m just at home. When we feel tired and need to destress, this is your perfect companion. Plus, you get great looking skin after. 

What I love and what I’ve noticed after using UFO / UFO Mini with the UFO Activated Mask? What are the differences between the UFO and the UFO Mini?

Let’s start with the differences first between these two Foreo Products. The main difference is that the Foreo UFO has the Cryo-therapy mode that cools the skin. Gone are the days when you’d have to place the facial mask pouch inside your refrigerator and wait for it to cool before you use it. Now you can feel that instant refreshing feeling, see your skin firming up and also notice your pores getting smaller because of your UFO. The UFO Mini does not have this feature, so in terms of the activated masks, the UFO Mini can’t be used with the Matte Maniac, Shimmer Freak, Bulgarian Rose and the Green Tea Masks. 

I personally love the design of the UFO, too. Look at this gold plate! It looks so nice and encourages me to keep doing my skin care routine. In terms of price, the UFO is at Php 16,320 while the UFO mini is at Php 11,000.

Now, let me share with you the result of this skin experiment using FOREO UFO, FOREO mini and FOREO Activated Masks.

Look at this! I seriously didn’t use any filter for any of the Before or After pictures above. I’ve been trying out 4 kinds of different UFO Activated Masks with both UFO and UFO Mini for weeks now and I’ve noticed that my skin looks fresher and more rejuvenated. One of my friends even said “Ginger, you are so fair!” during an online call. To be honest with you, my problem is I have a lot of sunspots. This is probably because I loved the beach and didn’t care for sunscreen when I was younger. 

I’ve tried a lot of things and to be honest with you, this is the first time that my dark spots have lightened. I usually don’t see the results or even feel the benefits of wearing masks right after, but with UFO / UFO Mini and the UFO Activated Masks, I get to see amazing skin right after each use. This is probably because of better absorption of the serum during the Thermo-Therapy Mode (when you feel the warmth on your face). Each use also makes you feel more relaxed. With the T-Sonic Pulsations, you feel like you are getting your own facial massage at home. 

What’s my favorite UFO Activated Mask?

All of these UFO activated masks are developed in Korea.  You’ll notice that each one is super soaked in serum inside the pouch. I actually tried 4 kinds of masks.

I tried these ones: Call it a Night, Glow Addict, Youth Junkie and Make My Day. My favorite might be the Glow Addict. It’s probably my favorite though because it addressed my concern of decreasing my dark spots. My next favorite is Youth Junkie. I’m in my late 30s so I’m already concerned about wrinkles showing. This is definitely helpful in reducing those fine lines. 

I still have to get used to Make My Day though. Essentially, Make My Day can be used in the morning. That’s right! Now, you can use a mask in the morning. I think I’m just not used to it, but this variant is definitely a game changer!

How about you? Have you tried UFO, UFO Mini and the UFO Activated Masks?

Which ones are your favorite? What feature do you love the most! Hope you can share it with us!

To purchase Foreo UFO and Foreo UFO Mini, click here.

Messenger Kids

Messenger kids

Good news for parents! Messenger Kids is now in the Philippines. Facebook recently announced it and I got to join the media briefing conducted by Facebook.

What is Messenger Kids?

Messenger Kids is an app designed for kids ages 6 to 12. They can talk to their friends, play games and learn! Check out Zeeka’s explanation for your kids.

What I like about Messenger Kids is that the parents have control over the people that their kids can talk to. They can also monitor the conversations. when you download the app from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store today. This is a separate app from what we are using. You can download it from the device or gadget that your kids will use. It will need your authentication so it should be you who will download.

As you can see in the video above, Zeeka really loves it. It’s important for kids to also have study-life balance. Since they are away from their friends, this allows them to still connect with them.

For years, Facebook has been working with Youth Advisors, a team of experts in online safety, child development, and media, to help shape
the Messenger Kids app. Facebook also continues to consult child safety advocates and educators to ensure that the Messenger Kids app balances parental control with features that help kids learn how to connect responsibly online.


“Through our work with the Stairway Foundation, the Child Rights Network, and other safety partners in the Philippines, we learned that many Filipino parents are looking for ways to help their children stay in touch with friends and family during this challenging time, in a fun and parent-supervised environment. We hope that Messenger Kids will help them to continue to find ways to have fun, create, and engage with friends and family,” said Amber Hawkes, APAC Head of Safety, Facebook. 

“In a pandemic, children are not able to explore and socialize with friends the way they used to. Experiencing change and restrictions in both learning and play is especially challenging for children. We are glad to see that Messenger Kids has been designed with built-in parental controls and safety in mind, and also fun features that are age-appropriate and encouraging children to stay connected even as they are staying physically apart. We shall continue working with Facebook to help make the platform safe for children,” said Ace Diloy of the Stairway Foundation.

What I like about Messenger Kids

What i’ve noticed that with the other games, there are a lot of ads that are clickable. I just worry that Zeeka might be unintentionally sharing information onlne. Although my daughter is “tech-savvy-er” than other kids her age, I still worry since kids are still kids. I love that in messenger, there are no ads and no in-app purchases. Messenger Kids is also designed to be compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA).
 
What I’d like to see more of

I’d love to see more role playing games that help teach them how to be creative. Although the game where you take care of the pet is a role playing game, Facebook might want to consider introducing a world of it’s own (like Minecraft and Animal Crossing) within the app.

Have you tried Messenger Kids for your children? Did they like it? Did you like it? Comment on the comment section below.

To learn more about Messenger Kids, here are some resources: