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How to be a new you this new year

/ 01:45 AM January 11, 2013

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A brand-new year is here, and like clockwork it’s time to start on a fresh list of resolutions. Yes, this year we’re curbing all kinds of bad beauty behavior that’s been causing us to break out, look outdated and feel lethargic.

Cleaning up our act may be the best gift we can give ourselves this new year, because the results are well worth the trouble. So say hello to the new you!

Update your hairstyle. There’s nothing quite like a great haircut and color. It really does wonders to make us look and feel amazing. Hair obviously plays a huge part in making us look gorgeous, which is why we shouldn’t leave it up to chance.


See a reputable hairstylist this year, and don’t scrimp on it. You’ll find that your hair will take on a different form especially once you’ve updated it to a style and color that’s modern and up-to-date. If you’re nervous about making a big change, talk to your hairstylist and make sure you’re both on the same page. Your stylist must be able to listen to your concerns and come up with his/her own improvements on what you want.

Go to Jing Monis Salon. Known for its innovative haircuts, hair color, hair extensions, hair designs and makeup, the salon has a loyal celebrity clientele. Top stylist Jing Monis himself heads the three branches. To book an appointment, call 8934098 (Greenbelt 1 Makati); 5550970 (Bellevue Hotel Alabang); or 0917-5119423 (Maxims Hotel Resorts World).



It may feel good to lounge around on our free days, but living the couch potato lifestyle does our bodies a lot of damage. Apart from constantly looking and feeling tired, we can quickly get out of shape. And without any form of exercise, we are putting ourselves at a risk to sickness like heart disease.

As for the positive effects of exercise, well, it includes looking better, feeling more energized, building resistance to sickness and being able to sleep more soundly. If that’s not enough, an overall happy mood is one of its major effects, and that really makes it worth doing everyday.

Walk your dog, or enroll in an exercise class like yoga or Zumba.

Get a massage. Massages have been proven to improve blood circulation, release muscle tension and thoroughly relax the body. Treat yourself to a visit to a spa and, at the end of it, you’ll find yourself de-stressed and reinvigorated. You can make this your much-needed alone time, especially when you’re feeling anxious or under a lot of pressure.


(Visit Neo Day Spa at G/F, Net One Center, 26th St. cor. 3rd Ave., Bonifacio Global City.)

Find your signature fragrance. Many of us don’t realize how much we are affected by the scents we smell. Our olfactory system is actually so powerful it can change our mood, transport us to different time and place and bring back a memory of a person or place in an instant.

In turn, wearing a certain fragrance can transform you into the person you want to be. Say, if you wear a scent that’s confident and powerful, you will somehow project these attributes. The same goes if you choose a fragrance that’s soft and romantic, or fresh and energizing.

Find that scent that will help bolster the 2013 you and stick to it the whole year. You will find yourself unconsciously behaving like the person you want to be and, in turn, you’ll be able to achieve more of your goals.

Never sleep with your makeup on. Wearing makeup for long, extended periods can clog your pores. Imagine what kind of gunk stays on your skin when makeup mixes with dirt and oil. This will no doubt lead to breakouts and other skin problems.

Make it a habit to cleanse your face every night. What’s even better is to find a regimen that works and stick to it. An example is to cleanse, moisturize (using a lightweight moisturizer) and apply SPF every morning and, at night, simply cleanse and moisturize (using a heavier night cream).

The key is to find a gentle cleanser that completely washes off all your makeup.

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