Wednesday, September 7, 2016

8 Ways To Use Coconut Oil For Skincare & Beauty

With its numerous health benefits, there is no question why coconut oil has gained a lot of attention especially among the wellness community. Coconut Tree is considered as the "Tree of Life" to many Southeast Asian countries and here's why:

Lauric Acid in coconut oil fights bacteria and infections which means that it boosts immunity (say bye bye to processed, artificial vitamin C tablets!)

It is a great source for healthy fats and can actually help lower cholesterol and improve heart health.

Feeling lethargic? Take a tablespoon of coconut oil a day for an energy boost.

While coco oil plays a huge role in nutrition, it does wonders for skincare and beauty as well! So make sure to stash a bottle of this versatile oil both in your pantry and beauty cabinet too.

Lucky we live in a tropical country where coconuts are abundant! Here are some of my favorite ways to use coconut oil for beauty and skincare:

A great skin moisturizer. Slather oil on body after a hot bath.

Try this simple DIY for tousled locks everyday.

Not only does coconut oil contain SPF4-5, it can give you a glowing tan too!

Ditch your toxic store-bought toothpaste and make a switch to this easy DIY home project.

An ancient Ayurvedic ritual that's good for oral health.

Pop in these natural bombs in your bath after a long, stressful day.

Cleanse your skin and wipe out residues naturally.

Rub off those dead skin cells with this nourishing combination of coconut oil and sea salt.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Flat Tummy Detox Juice

An elixir that combines the most potent plant-based ingredients that not only detoxifies the body, but also burns excess belly fat pronto! Got a beach trip coming up or trying to shed off some pounds? Take this coldpressed juice as a supplement to reduce bloating slim down naturally. And I promise, it does work!

Cucumber has a high water content, contains lots of fiber and is fewer in calories making it a great ingredient for detoxing the body. Lemons flush out toxins, celery aids digestion and eases inflammation, ginger melts fat and promotes circulation. Lastly, aloe vera juice helps flush excess water from your body thereby reducing bloat.

Place all ingredients in a coldpressed juicer:

1/2 cucumber
1 lemon
1 stalk celery
1 inch ginger
1/4 cup aloe vera juice

Consume on an empty stomach once a day. Feel the burn and rock that flat tummy!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

4 Beach Beauty Essentials For A Tropical Escape

When jetting off to a tropical island or spending a weekend by the sea, swimsuits and SPFs are always the top items on the packing list. Make sure to throw in some of these skincare essentials as well to keep skin glowing and hydrated after a day in the sun, sand and surf!

This is an organic facial moisturizer like no other. Aloe Derma Super Hydration Booster contains all natural Aloe Vera juice and that's actually it! I use this daily on my face before applying my SPF moisturizer or makeup. It's very lightweight and you can feel it absorbed deeply into the skin. I thank this product for giving my skin a youthful glow!

There's a lot to love about this beach hair and body mist combo. Not only does it give your 'do sultry beach waves but with hydrating ingredients like Pink Himalayan Salt and Coconut Oil, no doubt that it also leaves the skin fresh and supple. Spritz all over the body on a sunny, humid day. Heavenly!

A Polynesian beauty secret from the exotic island of Tahiti, Monoi Oil is made from soaking Tahitian Gardenias in coconut oil. When it comes to moisturizing the skin, body oils are always my go-to product. This all-around wonder oil keeps skin feeling silky and radiant plus it's a great moisturizer for the hair as well! Spread on damp skin right after shower, a little goes a long way. I love that it also enhances my tanned skin and the subtle fragrance it leaves is just divine!

Great for soothing sun-parched skin and treating nasty sunburns! This aloe vera gel is a staple in my toiletry bag for beach trips especially since I don't always know if I will have access to an actual aloe vera plant. Apply the aloe vera gel on skin to heal burns, relieve bites and irritations and moisturize dry skin.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Barcelona Mornings


An impromptu shoot at my cousin's studio, Barcelona-based fashion designer, Kat Gari. I rarely find myself wearing couture so being dressed in these gorgeous pieces was a treat! Wore a long, white gown with a layered detail on top and a beautiful cape to match! On another layout, I am wearing a black leather jacket with gold beading in front and an intricate embroidery design on the back. Such lovely pieces! Be sure to check out her designs at She does bridal wear too and even dressed A-listers like Candice Swanepoel and Beyonce.

This shoot also happens to be a family collaboration! Photography by my brother Ralph Hilario and art direction by my cousin Alessa Lanot. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Nusa Lembongan Day Trip Guide

Just thirty minutes away by boat from the island of Bali is a quintessential island experience where life is slow-paced, waters are clear and palm trees sway with the ocean breeze. Say apakabar (hello in Indonesian) to Nusa Lembongan, a small tropical island off the coast of Bali. If you are visiting Bali and have enough time to spare, I reco for you to see this island! Grab your sunnies and beach bag and take a quick one-day escape to this idyllic isle. 

Here is a list of things to see and do for daytrippers like you.


Devil's Tears Bay
Massive waves crash into sharp cliffs forming a rainbow trail. Nature in the raw.

Dream Beach
A secluded beach to laze and daze on powdery white sand. 

Mushroom Bay
Another white sandy beach that's a great spot for sunsets.

Lembongan Village
Traditional houses and local life. See this place for your dose of culture.


Nusa Lembongan's seas teams with beautiful marine life worth exploring. Mushroom Bay and Mangroves would be the best places for snorkeling in the island. Head over to one of the dive shops or resorts to rent gear. For a more unique experience, book a tour to swim with manta rays.

Go deeper into the ocean to see an abundance of tropical marine life.

Even before the tourists and daytrippers, first were the surfers who frequented this island for world-class waves all year round. Playgrounds, Lacerations and Shipwrecks are three popular surf spots in the island. Newbie at surfing? Book a lesson from one of the surf schools in the island.


Healthy, vegan and raw food snacks in the island.

Jungut Batu and Mushroom Bay have a selection of restaurants and warungs for every budget.

Getting There

From the Sanur port in mainland Bali, take a 30 minute boat ride to the island. 
I recommend Australian-owned company, Scoot Cruise. Roundtrip hotel pick-up and drop-off to and from the port is also included in the ticket price.

Getting Around

You can rent a van upon arrival at the port. Scoot Cruise staff at Nusa Lembongan was able to
arrange this for us.

Island Buggy Hire
Hire a golf buggy to see the island in a more fun way.

Friday, June 10, 2016

A Skincare Ritual To Brighter Skin

I spend hours under the sun when I surf or go on outdoor adventures so I always make it a point to give my skin extra love and care. Besides consuming a lot of liquids, fresh fruits and veggies daily to nourish and hydrate my skin from the inside, I have also added these wonder products from Skin Need to my daily skincare regimen. I get a lot of compliments from people telling me that I have good skin despite constantly being exposed to harsh sun rays. Let me tell you all more about these five products I use night and day to brighten and smoothen skin!

Skin Need Deep Cleanser
A gentle foam cleanser that lathers away impurities without damaging its natural protective layer so your skin doesn't feel dry at all after washing. This cleanser also removes oil and water-based make-up.

Skin Need Deep Toner
I never knew that I would need a toner until I used this! It further cleanses the skin (say bye bye to blackheads!), alcohol and oil-free and doesn't over dry the skin as well. This toner balances the skin's PH level to help skin absorb the next products you are about to use.

Skin Perfection Aloe Vera Concentrate
This aloe vera-based serum balances skin PH level, soothes and calms the skin. 

Skin Perfection Intense Nano-Lift + Peptides
This one is a personal favorite! This serum contains peptides to minimize fine lines, wrinkles and to stimulate the production of collagen, a major component of skin that we lose as we age. It's absorbed easily by the skin and nourishes it deep into the cells.

Skin Need Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 18
The oil free formulation reduces shine and controls moisture balance. It's lightweight yet does
it's job of moisturizing and protecting the skin daily. 

What I love about this skincare regimen by Skin Need is that it does work. Noticeable results 
the next day, a smoother and brighter skin. Whenever I break out or see a blemish, the cleanser, toner, and serum combination immediately remedies that.

Besides my daily skincare ritual, I also started getting facials done monthly. Facets and Figures Facial and Slimming Spa offers an Oxygen Facial that also uses the Intense Nano-Lift + Peptides serum above. What's great about this treatment is that it's all natural, using chemical-free products! And how often do you come across all natural facials?! This treatment has no side effects and can be adjusted to different skin types and provides solutions to various skin problems. Say hello to youthful and healthy skin!

Shop Skin Need products at Facets and Figures Facial and Slimming Spa.

Monday, May 9, 2016

4 Things To Love About Montigo Resorts Seminyak

A new luxury resort just recently popped up in the 'hood of cosmopolitan Seminyak. After hopping around Bali for two weeks, I ended my Balinese escape in a sweet, three-day stay at Montigo Resorts Seminyak.

Here are four things I love about this resort and why I'd recommend a stay here next time you're jetting off to Indo's most visited isle. 

Divine Slumber
Our room at Montigo Resort was immaculately clean and spacious with sea-inspired interiors and sleek mod design, but the highlight would be the oh-so lush n' plush king size bed fondly called, marshmallow bed that you can melt into for a divine sleep experience and ultimate comfort. The room also came with a lanai in a private breezy garden (or balcony if you're on the 2nd floor) making your stay more like a secluded retreat even when you are the in the midst action-packed Seminyak.

Poolside Relaxation
Put on your 'kini, relax and recline on a comfy sunbed under a shady parasol while being served with your favorite cocktail or poolside bites from TIIGO restaurant. Then cool off and take a dip in the sun-kissed pool, laze all afternoon on a floating pool pillow if you must! 

All In The Details
Bedside USB stations for charging your phones and gadgets, complimentary bite-sized eats, bottled water replenished daily, in-room diffuser scents, not to mention, very welcoming and helpful staff - these are just some of the little things I really appreciated during my short yet splendid stay.

Location, Location
Saunter to a stylish cafe for lunch (Biku perhaps?) and then unwind and watch the dazzling sunset at Potatohead for sundown sips and ambient beats. Montigo Resorts is prominently located in Seminyak's Jalan Petitenget, just steps away from the town's seaside beach clubs, local fash boutiques, sultry hotspots and hip cafes.

Whether you are traveling with friends or a tot in tow, Montigo Resorts 
creates superb experience for all types of travelers.

Book a stay at Montigo Resorts Seminyak via Agoda.