7 Ways to Feel Empowered As a Woman

We all admire strong and confident women who can take charge of their lives. And while we may think that only a certain few can achieve this, any woman can feel empowered.

As a strong supporter of women, Solane, the country’s top LPG solutions company, shares these simple tips to help women – from young ladies and professionals to mothers – gain self-confidence:

Exercise more. They say it’s easy to feel confident when you have an active lifestyle. Regular workouts will not just improve your physique but also improve your mood and decrease feelings of depression, anxiety and stress.

Embrace your imperfections. Nobody is perfect. Accept your imperfections. View your qualities in a positive way so you can gain more self-confidence and become one of those strong women you admire. Keep striving for personal growth and work hard to improve yourself. List down all your unique characteristics, strengths and abilities and enhance them.

Dream big. And don’t be afraid to go after your dreams! Make a vision board to illustrate your goals and remind you of all the goals you want to accomplish. An empowered woman knows that, with courage, perseverance and belief in herself, she can achieve anything she sets her mind and heart on. 

Be independent. When was the last time you did something without the help of others? Have you ever tried dining out alone? Being able to do things on your own is truly empowering because it helps you know yourself better. It also shows that you are strong enough to face any situation. So, go ahead and travel or watch a movie alone. Don’t keep yourself from doing things you want to do just because there’s no one to go with you.

Help out. Join a charitable cause you or volunteer for a program you believe in. Giving back to the community and helping others will make you feel good about yourself.

Pursue your passion. One of the most rewarding things you can do is to pursue your passions. Whether it’s travelling, building your own business or applying for the job you really want, don’t be afraid to go for it. Never give up. Surround yourself with positive people who will encourage you.

Keep learning. An empowered woman doesn’t stop learning. Not only will it keep your brain healthy and active but learning something new will strengthen your bond with family and friends. Discover new skills together, like writing or cooking. Let Solane, the country’s leading LPG solutions provider, help you develop your cooking skills with simple and easy-to-do recipes from http://www.solane.com.ph/recipes/.

You don’t need to do grand things to feel empowered. You can easily boost your confidence by practicing these simple tips.

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How to Dreadlock Your Hair Naturally if You Are a White Girl

Dreadlocks can be a fashion statement, fun, spiritual or just a new style, and even white girls can have them despite differences in hair quality. Dreadlocks are a very specific hair style but, while some types of hair do dread easier than others, anyone can have dreadlocks. It takes some time for the dreadlocks to really set, but you can get them started and have the look of a head full of dreadlocks in a few short hours with the right process.

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Step 1

Wash your hair with a residue free shampoo. Residue from hair products will remain on the hair and cause it to be more difficult to create and maintain the dreadlocks.

Step 2

Towel dry the hair.

Step 3

Section the hair before beginning to form dreads. Part the hair down the middle and put half of it into a clip. Work on half of the head at a time. Part the remaining side into two sections, a top and bottom. Put one section in a clip. Piece the remaining section into small squares to form the dreads. For thinner hair, usually a 1-inch square is a good size, this makes a dread about the size of a No. 2 pencil. If your hair is thicker, make the squares smaller. Separate out square sections with the comb and wrap a rubber band around the hair to secure it. Continue to make sections until that half is done, then repeat for the other half of the head.

Step 4

Bend forward so you hair is hanging down and spray on the accelerator spray. This is not always a required step, but for finer hair it helps the process. Follow the specific instructions on your brand of accelerator as to how much and how close to spray.

Step 5

Start forming dreads with a piece from the back on the bottom. Remove the rubber band. Grasp the strands in your hand, running them between your index finger and thumb and across your palm. Place the comb up close to the scalp on the hair and push upwards. Allow the comb to push and pack the hair close up to the scalp. Roll the hair in your fingers as you comb to release individual hairs and help with the twisting motion.

Step 6

Work all the way to the bottom of the hair, continuing to push the hair up and pack it together with the comb. Turn the dread in you hand and comb it up in all directions as you work. When that dread is complete place a rubber band on the very end to hold the dread until it “matures” and is trained. Once dreads mature they hold themselves together.

Step 7

Move on to the next section and continue back combing the dreads until they are all formed. Check them all over carefully to make sure they are fully packed and back combed and no loose areas have worked out where the hair is easily parted.

Step 8

Take a small amount of wax, about the size of a pencil eraser, and rub it together between your thumb and forefinger to warm and loosen it. Apply to the first two or three inches of the dread. Work it in well until you can’t feel it anymore. Get another dab of wax the same size and continue waxing down the dread until it is completely waxed. The wax should not feel heavy or sticky, it should work into the hair. Roll the dread back and forth in your palms and lock the hair into the wax. Wax all the remaining dreads.

Step 9

Roll your dreads every day and add wax on those where you can no longer feel any. Twist any stray ends up into the tips to form blunt ends. When the dreads are mature and stable you can remove the rubber bands.

Step 10

Wash your dreads gently in residue-free shampoo every three days, or at least once a week. Clean dreads lock up faster than dirty ones, and contrary to rumor dreads are very clean and sanitary if well maintained. Add wax as necessary when the dread feels dry and you can’t detect any wax.

10 Casual Wardrobe Essentials for Men

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Take a look in the mirror. Are your jeans bagging at the knees? Is that sweater you’re wearing the same one your mom got you for Christmas eight years ago? Face it dude—it’s time for a wardrobe revamp. Now, before you get all weirded out, this isn’t like a “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”-style intervention. It’s a simple list of classic pieces every guy should own…and it includes gym shorts, OK? So check out our list of the top 10 style must-haves for men.

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1. Straight-Leg Jeans

Straight-leg jeans are a great middle ground for guys who aren’t into a super-skinny pant. They’re tailored enough to make you look put together, but will give you more “leg room” (so to speak) than the skinny hipster alternative.

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2. White Crew Neck T-Shirt

It’s time to toss those grungy Hanes t-shirts you’ve been wearing since you were 12. We know the cheap 4-packs from Target are tempting, but now that you’re an adult, invest in a well-made version. Trust us, you’ll notice a major difference in both the fit and feel.

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3. Belted Trench Coat

Don’t let a rainy day dampen your style. Traditionally, old-school trenches (think Sherlock Holmes) were worn below the knee, but today, contemporary styles favor a shorter cut. Stick with black, navy or khaki; avoid browns which are better suited for older folk, like your grandfather.

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4. Classic Grey Sweatshirt

The true sign of a stylish man? The way he dresses while relaxing. It’s easy to fall into the trap of sloppy loungewear, so don’t be a victim. Ditch the hoody with the name of your college emblazoned on it, and go for a plain, fitted crew-neck sweatshirt instead. They’re just as comfortable and will convince people you’re a grown-up (even if you still crush beers like a frat boy).

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5. Colorful Socks

Think of your socks as the great differentiator between you and your suit. A man who likes to blend in with the crowd will inevitably go for basic black… but a man with bravado isn’t afraid of throwing a little color into the mix.

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6. Versatile Blazer

One of the easiest ways to dress up an outfit is by throwing on a blazer, and buying a great one doesn’t necessarily need to break the bank. Make matching easy by choosing a solid or very subtle pattern. It’s the perfect refined-yet-casual piece that’s a must-have in every man’s wardrobe.

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7. Lace-up Leather Boots

Kick your style up a notch with a great pair of lace-up leather boots. If you choose the right pair, you’ll be able to wear them with both jeans and trousers. Lean toward a shoe that looks more formal, rather than rugged.

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8. Weekender Bag

We trust that you’re no longer using a backpack…right? Just making sure. For a short trip or a few nights crashing at your girlfriend’s apartment, opt for the trendy-man’s duffle: a weekender bag. Leather bags are great, but if you’re on a budget, cotton or nylon works just fine.

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9. Colored Running Sneaker

You play it safe all day at the office, so why not have a little fun when it comes to the sneaker you wear at the gym? Plus, in our experience, cool kicks make for a great conversation starter with the hot chick on the elliptical.

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10. Comfy Sweatshorts

Looking for workout gear that can double as lounge wear? No sweat(s). The ideal pair of shorts are those you can wear to the gym, and then wear to grab lunch (without looking like a schlub). They should fall somewhere in between loose and form-fitting, and should always hit just above the knee.

Be your brightest, most dazzling self this Diamond Month

A Diamond represents strength, individuality and balance. Derived from the Greek word adamas, meaning invincible, it symbolizes eternal love and was believed to possess healing powers. This precious gem, the birthstone of those born in April, is considered the “king of all birthstones”.

There are many stories and myths surrounding the creation of a diamond, including one that it is formed by lightning bolts or the stories that diamonds are tears of the gods. One thing is certain: a diamond is the most sought-after gem in the world.

This Diamond Month, gain better relationships, increase your inner strength, and experience clarity by wearing a piece of jewelry with this exquisitely rare gem. Diamond jewelry is a brilliant gift for people you love, especially those born in April.

To make Diamond Month even more meaningful, My Diamond offers up to 40% discount on one carat diamond jewelry from April 1-30, 2018.Get 18K white gold earrings, each with 300 pieces of 3.29 carat and 295 pieces of 1.68 carat diamonds; an 18K white gold ring with 55 pieces of 1.51 carat diamonds; or an 18K white gold ring with 2.23 carat diamond set on a 4-prong crown.

Each piece jewelry by My Diamond is delicately made by internationally trained craftsmen using diamonds of top-tier cut, clarity, color, and carat weight.

Celebrate Diamond Month with elegantly crafted diamond jewelry from My Diamond. Visit My Diamond concept stores at Ayala Center Cebu, Festival Supermall, Gateway Mall, Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Robinsons Place Manila, SM Lanang Premier Davao, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, and SM Aura Premier.

For more information, follow and like My Diamond on Facebook and Instagram: @MyDiamondPH.

Live larger and go deeper this summer with TechnoMarine

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This summer, live larger and go deeper when you explore the wonders of the sea with the TechnoMarine Manta Sea watch. Ruggedly tough yet elegantly fashionable, the TechnoMarine Manta Sea timepiece is fit for any adventure, on the beach or underwater.

Designed for recreational scuba diving, TechnoMarine Manta Sea is water resistant up to 200 meters. Its solid black silicone band and smooth Japanese components allow you to move without any restrictions. It also has luminous hands that help you see clearly even in deep waters.

TechnoMarine Manta Sea is also perfect for an after-sunset rendezvous or an elegant dinner. This timepiece comes in a sleek 48.80mm stainless steel case with a metal dial, the ideal watch for those who are bold, adventurous, and dare to explore life’s depths.

With every purchase of TechnoMarine Manta Sea and other top featured collections from April 1- 30, 2018, TechnoMarine is offering a packed summer getaway to one of the hottest dive spots in the country. The winner can spend an amazing summer holiday with three friends at Acacia Resorts and Dive Center, the premium go-to destination of divers in Anilao, Batangas.

Make this summer the best one yet and take underwater dive experience to the next level with TechnoMarine. Visit any TechnoMarine store in Greenbelt 3, Robinson’s Galleria, Robinson’s Magnolia, Shangri-La Plaza, SM City Cebu, SM Lanang Premier Davao, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, and TriNoma.

For more information, visit https://www.technomarine.com/ or follow and like TechnoMarine on Facebook and Instagram: @TechnoMarinePH.

The Best Hairstyles for Long Hair (Men)

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There’s nothing wrong with having an abundance of hair, and while men with ponytails are often met with scorn, guys with long hair are able to create a range of stylish and versatile looks. Check out our complete guide on long hairstyles for men.

Man Bun

The sheer amount of man buns around have proven that this twisted knot isn’t just a phase or a passing trend, it’s definitely here to stay and it’s fast become a staple of a stylish guy. The man bun gets better because it’s not just one set hair style, there are multiple ways to rock it.

Being one of the easiest updos for long hair, the style can be adapted depending on how comfortable you want your hair to feel, how much time you’re willing to put in, and how far you’re willing to push the boundaries.

Ponytail

This is one of the most common styles for people with long hair – a simple male ponytail. This is really for everybody, male and female of all backgrounds and cultures. Rocking this style at some point is a must for anybody with lengthy hair. This might be the original way to manage long hair as it is so easy to achieve and it is really effective.

Perm Curl

Long curly hair for men is a style that’s ideal for men with thick locks, as you can pretty much let your hair do what it wants. This really is one of the best long hairstyles for men with thick hair, as the longer length will help to weigh down your curls, keeping them defined and less likely to turn frizzy. A little gel or wax can keep your curls in place, and a good moisturising shampoo will maintain your hair’s health and keep it sleek and manageable.

Shoulder Length

Men’s shoulder length hairstyles don’t have to be tousled hipster manes or braided masterpieces that require constant styling. You can easily things relaxed with a simple side-swept look that allows your hair to fall naturally. With this style, it’s best to avoid anything that will take away from the natural look, so try not to go for anything like a middle parting, which will add a rigid, structured finish.

Extra Long Hair

So we’ve shown you some classic hairstyles for men with long hair, but sometimes nothing can beat just letting your hair grow out. Long hair can really make a statement, and, as long as it’s properly taken care of, won’t look messy or unkempt. However, it’s worth keeping in mind that men’s long hairstyles can look a little blunt if they’re dead straight, and it’s best to add some texture and waves to your locks if you’re going for this style. 

A pretty face deserves a beautiful smile

Liza Soberano for GAOC

Liza Soberano—Hope Elizabeth Soberano in real life—has indeed come along way from her early and humble showbiz beginnings to her present stature as one of the most bankable young actresses.

Apart from innate acting abilities, Liza has one of the prettiest faces in the entertainment industry and has a beautiful smile that easily charms everyone she meets. Helping Liza maintain that beautiful smile for several years now is Dr. Steve Mark Gan of GAOC—the Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center, which has consistently raised the standards of dental practice in the country. GAOC has been Liza’s dental clinic of choice from the first day she sought its services.

“We’re very happy with the trust and love that Liza Soberano has shown the GAOC family all these years,” says Dr. Gan. “In return, we take care of her dental needs with the kind of love, expertise, and professionalism that only we can offer”.

Born and raised in California to a Filipino father and an American mother, Liza moved to Manila at age 12 and was soon receiving offers for print ad modelling stints. After she was spotted by a talent scout, she made a series of television appearances and did small movie roles, until her breakout role in the hit 2014 television series Forevermore, which became her stepping stone to stardom. Paired for the first time with Enrique Gil, the new love team became a big hit and was dubbed “LizQuen”.

With her growing popularity, Liza has crossed over to the movies. After last year’s certified box office hit My Ex and Whys, she will be the next Darna in the popular komiks franchise’s latest adaptation.

Things are indeed looking up for Liza Soberano, who was named in one survey as the most beautiful face in the world, and she is relying on GAOC to keep her smile bright and sunny as she pursues her flourishing acting career.

For more information and appointment, visit www.gaocdental.com or follow and like GAOC on facebook, twitter, and instagram: @gaocdental.

Model Watch: Wryan Chua, from Chinito Cutie to Hottie Real Quick

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We first saw him at Mr. Chinatown last 2016 and had a runner -up finish. Wryan Chua a 21 y/o, Fil-Chinese is the one it-boy to look for. From being a cutie, he proves that he is now ready to be Philippine’s next hottie.

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It’s so hard not to fall in love with this guy as he has this killer chinito look, rock hard body and his sweet and innocent charm. On top of that he just recently graduated in college with a degree in Tourism Management.

Currently he’s into modelling, mostly in print ads. He had appeared on several magazines such as Candy Magazine, Scene Zone, Inquirer Lifestyle and Cosmopolitan Magazine. He also do have several endorsements such as Move On clothing, American Walker Shoes, Fit Food Manila and Oppo to name a few.  He’s now signed with Viva Artist Agency and his plan is to focus more on entering in the show business.

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He said he enjoys watching Netflix and going to the gym. He loves to eat a lot as well as he loves to cook, his specialty was potato recipes but he’s not a fan of seafood as he is allergic to it. He’s a big fan of the American TV series F.R.I.E.N.D.S. . During his free time he loves going to the beach as he enjoys swimming and he’s into playing table tennis. He also added that he doesn’t like to go to places which requires a lot of energy such as trekking as he much rather wants to stay relax and chill.

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About his personal style, he told us that he always wants to keep it simple. He’s more into the boy-next-door look and he’s not ‘maporma’ and doesn’t want to try hard as he is who he is. Indeed, he’s still a style icon.

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His Instagram account is the ultimate hashtag feedgoals, see for yourself: @wryanchua

How Inigo Pascual Labels His Relationship with Maris Racal

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“I feel I found my soulmate.”

This was Inigo Pascual’s telling declaration when asked about the status of his relationship with his “special someone” Maris Racal.

“Right now we’re working together, and I’m working as well. If we have something na, we don’t have to force it. If there’s something between us, eh ‘di there’s something between us. Pero we don’t have to force things,” he told PEP.

Pascual noted that they are passionate about the same things when it comes to their career.

“’Yun ang masaya, I was able to share my passion. ‘Yun na lang ang masasabi kong label na lang namin. I feel I am talking to myself when I’m with her, I feel I found my soulmate. Siguro ‘yun ang label ko, soulmate,” he said.

Nonetheless, Pascual categorically stated that he and Racal are not yet a couple.

“We’re not in a relationship, but definitely, I see her as very, very special to me. Very dear to me as a person, as a friend. Someone that I am able to share my passion. Sobra ko siyang naa-appreciate,” he said.

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With how things are going for the both of them, Pascual said he doesn’t want to hinder Racal’s growth as an artist.

“She’s on fire right now. Lahat ginagawa niya. She’s on TV, she’s in movies, she’s in the music industry now, she’s number one on iTunes, and I don’t want to be that person that kinda hinders, or kinda blocks that pathway for her,” he said.

Zayn Malik says he’s overcome his anxiety and is rehearsing to play live

“I think my confidence has grown in the last year and a half.”

 

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Zayn Malik has a full band in place and is preparing to perform live as a solo act. The former One Direction member spoke to BBC Radio 1 about dealing with the anxiety that meant he barely performed live after releasing his first solo album. He said that now his second album is due for release, he’s rehearsing and feels ready to play live.

“I’m excited to see what people think of it,” he told host Nick Grishaw of his new album. “I think my confidence has grown in the last year and a half. It’s a bit different to my last record in terms of, it’s matured.”

Zayn also admitted that he doesn’t feel he approached solo life in the right way first time around. “I didn’t know what was going on for a while,” he explained. “I was just putting out a record and not really being as prominent as I wanted to be. But this time around I feel like I am more confident and I really believe in what’s going on, so I want to convey that to my fans.”