18 Things I Learned In 2018 ✨

2018 was the year of the highest highs and the lowest lows. It felt like it was the year that gave me the best things in life that I’m most thankful for, but at the same time, it threw me punches I thought I couldn’t ever handle before. But, I’ve learned the most valuable lesson —  to always see the glass half full. We always have a choice with our perspective. Today, I’d like to share how I turned my quote and quote most challenging year to a year full of lessons and personal growth.

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Disclaimer: This is going to be my first and most personal blog post yet.

2018 was the year of the highest highs and the lowest lows. It felt like it was the year that gave me the best things in life that I’m most thankful for, but at the same time, it threw me punches I thought I couldn’t ever handle before. But, I’ve learned the most valuable lesson —  to always see the glass half full. We always have a choice with our perspective. Today, I’d like to share how I turned my quote and quote most challenging year to a year full of lessons and personal growth.

18 Things I Learned in 2018

  1. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. People come into our lives for a reason and for a lesson. Whether the person was there for 2 years or 2 seconds, be thankful for the people we have met. Continue reading “18 Things I Learned In 2018 ✨”

Eye of Horus Natural Makeup Review

Growing up, I’ve always loved beauty brands and up until today, I’m always exploring new products. From reading blogs to watching youtube videos, I knew where to get the best foundations (Dior), concealers (Nars), blushes & bronzers (Benefit), highlighters (Becca), lipsticks (Mac) and so on! In fact, I have a whole make up collection full of mid to high-end brands that I have been collecting since I was about 16.

HOWEVER…

Now that I got into the organic lifestyle, I made a big decision of dumping my whole collection. YES, IT’S TRUE. I didn’t throw away everything, of course, but I exchanged all my current products for natural or organic ones. As a certified organicaholic, I’ve found amazing brands for skincare, hair, body and even special lines for moms and babies, but  I’d have to say, finding a natural/ organic cosmetics line is probably the hardest.

Little by little, I’m now starting to discover natural make up brands, and one of them is Eye of Horus from Australia. I made a blog post when I attended their product launch here in the Philippines and I promised I would write a review of their products, but I wanted to test the products first and use them every day before I could write an honest review. After using them for about a month now, here’s what I think about their products:

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The LineaOrganica Story – Thank you, 2017!

“She believed she could, so she did”.

This quote by R.S. Grey is one that helped me a lot throughout 2017, wherein I, together with my parents, Jack and Ruby, built this new dream company of ours named LineaOrganica.

The dream was born January 2017, wherein we had this crazy idea of putting up organic retail shops all over the Philippines. We wanted to be the first ones to pioneer the use of organic beauty products and educate the market about its benefits. We spent a lot of time doing R&D and finally, around March, we were ready to “get the show on the road”.

We did tons of research about what is out there in the organic market, focusing mainly in Europe and U.S., because this is where the strictest organic certification bodies were found. We found several different brands from different countries like Italy, Spain, Turkey, Germany, and the US. We flew and visited each company one by one, met their owners and teams, visited their factories, checked the quality of their products and got the details of their certifications.

This is why I can assure each and every customer of LineaOrganica, that all brands were carefully curated and all the products are well-tested.

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In fact, I started a vlog, wherein I took my camera with me during all our travels and documented my experience of going to the different companies. It was a crazy idea because you usually don’t vlog while doing business but I thought it was a unique way to show people the reality and what goes behind the scenes in developing a business.

Starting a business, especially nowadays, is not easy at all. You need to have a purpose (why are you starting a business at all?), thus having a clear vision of where you want your company to go and finally, you need to the willpower to JUST DO IT. Continue reading “The LineaOrganica Story – Thank you, 2017!”

Eye of Horus BIO Makeup Launch

Last November 18, 2017, I was invited to attend the Eye of Horus Bio Range launch, hosted by GlamourboxPH. It was an intimate VIP event held at Bondi & Bourke, Makati wherein we got to meet the owners of Eye of Horus and get to know their products.

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With Lia, Glamourbox owner and Heather, Eye of Horus owner
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Holly and Heather, owners of Eye of Horus

Eye of Horus is an Australian beauty brand that took its inspiration from the Egyptians’ eye makeup. They focus on creating cosmetics that have high-quality natural ingredients, without sacrificing the performance. I truly appreciate this because as a certified organicaholic, I have found it really difficult to find organic/ natural make up that works great. I used to have very limited options but now that I’m discovering new brands like Eye of Horus, I can expand my make up collection again! 🙂  Continue reading “Eye of Horus BIO Makeup Launch”

I Travelled To Europe To Search for Organic Products

Hi guys! I’m sorry I have been so MIA for the past month. If you’ve been following me on twitter (@mikeefederizo; shameless plug) then you know that I was in Europe for a whole month.

Just like what I did in India, I came there to check out beauty brands that are certified organic and natural. I went to 5 different countries–Turkey, Spain, Italy, Poland and Germany. I had only visited Italy and Germany before so I was excited not just to be on this fun “business” trip but also to learn about new cultures.

I arrived back home in Manila 3 days ago and have been extremely sick since. 😦 As I’m writing this post, I’m currently in bed unable to move around so much because I got this massive headache, cough, colds, fever…plus horrible jet lag. I’m not here to complain though–I wanted to get on here and write my initial thoughts about my trip while it’s still fresh in my mind.

Here goes a very candid story time:

This trip is HANDS DOWN the most tiring trip I’ve EVER had in my life.

The schedule was: Turkey (Izmir) for 2 days, Spain (Valencia, Barcelona) for 5 days, Italy  (Montecatini, Bologna, Milan) for 7 days, Poland (Krakow) for 2 days, back to Italy (Pistoia, Milan) for 2 days and finally, Germany (Nuremberg, Speyer, Frankfurt) for 6 days.

I can’t count how many airplanes, trains, bus rides I’ve had this month–which consisted of waiting, sitting down for hours, carrying our crazy heavy luggage, running after bus schedules, missing trains because A) sometimes they don’t follow schedules, B) they change platforms, C) they announce in their local language which well, we don’t understand, skipping meals, arriving at a new city usually around 11pm when there are no open restaurants anymore, getting lost A LOT walking, walking and more walking. There were days when we would travel for 4 hours, 10 hours and the longest… 16 hours. Yes, 16 full hours where we would get up at 3am and arrive at our next destination 11pm.

On the other hand, I’m feeling beyond THANKFUL that I’ve experienced different cultures and met so many wonderful people, all in such a short time.

In a very very short description, here’s what I can say for each country:

TURKEY – Great people who won’t let you not have a drink, whether it be Turkish coffee (my new found fav!) or Turkish tea.

SPAIN – The most chill people ever who takes siesta time very seriously. Notable: here I got to eat the best seafood in my life!! (for so many years it was Hawaii but now Spain has surpassed this)

ITALY – The masters of work-life balance. So amazing to see how they love life and value their family and friends so much. Here I also learned to love espresso after lunchtime!

POLAND – Cold. Very cold. But, full of history! I walked around the city center and learned a historical fact literally every 15 seconds.

GERMANY – Well, Germany’s Germany. I’ve been always so amazed by how they think. I also love the feeling of freedom here–both in speech and expression.

 

Six Tips on How to Start Going Organic

Recently someone left me a question on my contact page saying, “I’ve been following your blog for awhile now and I want to go Organic, but how to start?!” and to answer that — First, THANK YOU so much for reading. Second, I’m so kilig that someone wants to go organic. And third, you inspired me to write a whole post about it!

Recently someone left me a question on my contact page saying, “I’ve been following your blog for awhile now and I want to go Organic, but how to start?!” and to answer that — First, THANK YOU so much for reading. Second, I’m so kilig that someone wants to go organic. And third, you inspired me to write a whole post about it!

Question: I want to go Organic.. but how to start?!

Here are my tips:

1. Have a Purpose

As when starting anything, we must first ask the question, WHY? Why do you want to do it? One main reason why people go organic is because they want to be healthier–and eliminating toxic chemicals in your body will definitely help in achieving your health goals. Another reason is maybe because they are sick, and they need to detox themselves. For others, it may also be that they want to help save the environment.

There are so many possible reasons why you may want to go organic, but just make sure that you are not doing it to follow a “trend”, because I don’t believe that it’s a fad. Do it with a purpose.  Continue reading “Six Tips on How to Start Going Organic”

Does your deodorant contain these toxic ingredients?

Deodorant is an essential product that we use daily. Unfortunately, we are unaware that they are made with toxic ingredients that cause harm to our health.

Here are the Top 3 Toxic Ingredients Found in Deodorants:

1. Aluminum Compounds (Aluminum Chloralhydrate, Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex Gly)

Aluminum is linked to breast, prostate cancer and increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. These ingredients are used as an antiperspirant because it helps stop the flow of sweat. The downside is that these may be absorbed by the skin, and can promote the growth of breast cancer cells.

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2. Parabens

Parabens act as preservatives but have hormone-disrupting effects. It causes hormonal imbalance, which can lead to things like early puberty in children and an increased risk of hormonal cancers. It is also linked to birth defects and organ toxicity. There are different types of parabens – the top three are Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben.

3. Propylene Glycol 

It helps hydrate skin but since it is a byproduct of fossil fuel, it is not healthy for the skin to absorb it. It may cause delayed allergic reactions, and is considered a neurotoxin, which may cause kidney and liver damage.

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Most of the common deodorants found in the market today such as Secret, Axe, Dove contain at least one of these ingredients, and we should really be careful in purchasing these products. Take note that if we use them once or a few times, it doesn’t cause any harm, but imagine using these products every day–it will build up and get absorbed into our skin.

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To be safe, I recommend creating your own deodorant. Here’s a DIY Deodorant recipe I found on Pinterest:

Ingredients needed:

  • 1/4 tsp essential oil (recommended: lavender)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil

Instructions:

  1. Melt coconut oil if not yet liquefied.
  2. Transfer it to a mixing bowl, and add the cornstarch and baking soda.
  3. Add essential oil, and mix until completely dissolved.
  4. Transfer into packaging desired.

 


If you don’t have the ingredients or the time to create your own deodorant, I would suggest looking for an organic one. The one I tried using is from a brand called Naturalis, an Italian company that produces chemical free beauty products and essentials, including the Organic Deo Natural. I loved it because 1) it smells good and 2) it’s antiperspirant.

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Source: http://www.sweatblock.com/blog/how-to-make-natural-deodorant/

Paris

I have been really enjoying writing about organic 101 and product reviews, but I’d also like to start sharing more personal content, like my photography. I’m definitely a newbie but it’s been really fun playing around with my cameras (both photo and video) so I thought I would share some of my favorite stills here in my blog–starting with the beautiful PARIS. 

First, I’d like to start by saying thank you to those people reading my blog! I only started blogging (literally just for 1 month) but I’ve been getting quite positive feedback and that makes me so inspired to continue blogging and creating more content.

Second, I have been really enjoying writing about organic 101 and product reviews, but I’d also like to start sharing more personal content, like my photography. I’m definitely a newbie but it’s been really fun playing around with my cameras (both photo and video) so I thought I would share some of my favorite stills here in my blog–starting with the beautiful PARIS. 

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The city – taken from the rooftop of Arc de Triomphe

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My Organic Hair Care Routine

I am pleased to do this blog post in collaboration with Saule, aka Tales of a Salad. She has an awesome blog about health, travel and art. We are joining forces to write about self-care–I am going to be sharing my hair care routine, while she shares her skin care routine. Please give her some love by visiting and following her blog! 🙂 

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I am pleased to do this blog post in collaboration with Saule, aka Tales of a Salad. She has an awesome blog about health, travel and art. We are joining forces to write about self-care routines–I am going to be sharing my hair care routine, while she shares her skin care routine. Please give her some love by visiting and following her blog! 🙂

My Organic Hair Care Routine

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Naturaverde Organic Shampoo and Conditioner

You can’t imagine how long it took me to find organic shampoo and conditioner that actually works. Most of the ones I’ve tried feel stiff on the hair, dry it out, and make it very tangly that it’s difficult to comb my hair after showering. Thankfully I’ve found my perfect duo–Naturaverde Daily Shampoo and Conditioner from ItalyThese make my hair soft and shiny. I also don’t have problems combing my hair, and I noticed that I get less hair fall. (Fact: 50 to 100 hair falls a day is normal, beyond that, there is a problem)  Continue reading “My Organic Hair Care Routine”

Why I Went Organic

I realized I’ve been blogging for a little over a month now, but I haven’t fully shared with you guys why I went organic. This is going to be a little bit of a more personal post but I hope you like it!

I realized I’ve been blogging for a little over a month now, but I haven’t fully shared with you guys why I went organic. This is going to be a little bit of a more personal post but I hope you like it!

My Journey To Going Organic

If I recall correctly, I think I started being mindful of what I eat when I was in late high school, going into college. I remember visiting my cousin Esy in the U.S., who’s a vegetarian (and still is), and one time, we went running together in the park. Man was I surprised because she was so much stronger and faster than me (considering I was already very active that time, going to the gym and playing a lot of sports). That’s when I gave it some thought, maybe it’s with what she was eating. I thought I would give it a try, maybe there would be some changes in my energy and I could do better on my fitness. However,  since I couldn’t drop all meat, I first went pescatarian.

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peskəˈterēən/ noun
a person who does not eat meat but does eat fish.

It was very easy for me. In fact, I think I sustained being a pescatarian for 2 years or more, and I didn’t miss meat at all. Except when… the whole YOLO movement got popular and I thought to myself, hey why am I restricting myself from eating meat? YOLO (You only live once)! …and you know already what happened. This is such a petty reason, I know. But it’s the truth so I wanted to still share it :p

Fast forward to 2015, when I lived in Taiwan. As I mentioned in my previous post, I had a flatmate named Alison who was vegan and she influenced me a lot. No, she wasn’t imposing that I should go vegan, but her lifestyle herself made me curious to actually start researching about it. She recommended a book called Skinny B* and after putting the book down, I was hungry for more information.  I then came across a documentary on Netflix called Cowspiracy and after watching it, I was a changed person. Literally. I became full on health-conscious and started researching about veganism and its impact on the environment. Then I went vegan. Again, it was so easy! I didn’t miss meat at all. Especially in Taiwan, when there are so many vegetarian options available. It was a total switch of mindset and lifestyle. I became mindful of my impact on the environment as well as the people around me. I felt like I was doing something good and it made me feel great.

veg·an

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a person who does not eat or use animal products

veg·e·tar·i·an

vejəˈterēən/ noun
a person who does not eat meat, and sometimes other animal products, especially for moral, religious, or health reasons.

However, when I returned home to the Philippines, things became different.  I realized that there were not a lot of options for me, especially with the busy lifestyle that I had. There were times that I would just choose not to eat, because a) there were no options available and b) I was too busy to go out of my way and actually find or make something to eat. It was not healthy for me anymore. At this point, I was already introduced to the concept of organic food and beauty, and as I did more and more research, I discovered that there is a whole world of chemicals out there. And it’s present in everything I put in and on my body.

That’s when it hit me. THERE IS NO PERFECT DIET. It’s not possible. I put so much thought into what I eat but the truth is, there’s too much process happening before the food reaches my table that I can’t keep up with it anymore. I then dropped being vegan and went back to eating everything, but this time, I focused on being mindful of where my food comes from. This is when I started going organic.

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or·gan·ic

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(of food or farming methods) produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial agents | synonyms: pesticide-free, additive-free, natural | “organic vegetables”

Out of all the “diets” I tried, I believe that going organic is the healthiest for me. I know that there’s no such thing as a perfect diet. Again, what’s important with organic food is that they are made WITHOUT the use of harmful chemicals, pesticides, additives. You can read more about organic on my previous post, What does organic really mean?. There’s a whole lot of benefits of going organic but I’ll reserve that for another post 🙂

All I can say is… it’s definitely a process. I didn’t just wake up one day and went organic. What’s important is that I’m now at a point in my life (and at an early point, at that) where I am aware and I am thriving. I want to live a long healthy life. Going organic and eliminating toxic chemicals is what I feel is best for me. I’m not gonna stop trying, searching and learning.

Any thoughts? Feel free to share it below!


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