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FOUR DAYS IN PARIS: DAY 3

December 2, 2016 7 Comments

(Click here to read about Day 1) / (Click here to read about Day 2)

I was most excited for our third day in Paris and for good reason.

Dove has always believed that you are most beautiful when you are happy and comfortable with who you are. In order to remind women to be kind to themselves, they built a 178-square-meter store dedicated entirely to true beauty.

Together with select girls from all over the world, and some French press (the media, not the coffee 😜), I was truly lucky enough to be one of the very first to set foot inside the Dove Pop-Up Store.

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The store carried a lot of exclusive beauty gift items perfect for the holidays!

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I liked this little corner:

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In English: Make beauty a source of confidence. 8 out of 10 girls give up important activities of their lives when they do not feel comfortable with their appearance. The Dove Project for Self-Esteem reached more than 20 million girls to help them gain self-confidence and develop a positive relationship to their appearance. Write a positive message about beauty you would share with a girl.

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Reminder to self 👆🏻

Of course, we got so excited for the customization stations where we’d personalize our own beauty bars, creams, and more!

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At this station, you can customize your own body lotion, body scrub, body wash, or body cream! We got our skin tested for moisture and I learned that I had extra dry skin because of the cold weather. I chose the body scrub!

Next, we select a scent! I said I wanted to smell sexy, so I chose the option “beauté irrésistible”

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We were asked to choose ingredients ranging from coconut milk to apricot extract.

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You could also add some shimmer!

The lady recommended sweet almond oil for my dry skin! To complete the srub, I chose kiwi seeds!

While waiting, I moved on to the personalized beauty bar station!

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Check out all the pretty names (you’re gonna have to squint haha)!! Isha helped me pick possible names for my future child. Hahaha!

You’re given the difficult task of choosing which beauty bar you want to personalize: blue-green coconut, vanilla shea butter, or rose fig!

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I chose shea butter!

We were to pick-up our products that same night at the launch party for the Pop-Up Store. In the meantime, we were off to our next personalized activity! YAY!

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Maille Leo is a boutique that prides itself in customizing pieces for their customers!

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We each got to choose a shirt and become dressmakers for a half hour as we put our personal touches!

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Isha doing a modified #MannequinChallenge

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Heehee! We’re waiting to receive our finished shirts any day now in the mail ☺️

Next stop was lunch at Lazare, a restaurant located inside a train station!

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Bonded with Brazilian Youtuber Karol Pinheiro because she also has a cute Pomeranian! She has a tattoo of her dog Cookie on her arm! Cute!!

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The food was amaaaazing!!

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We had some free time to shop and look around Le Marais, a favorite shopping district in Paris.

Our meeting point was this café called Season and OMG the strawberry cheesecake was… THE. BEST. I wasn’t able to try the chocolate cake but I’m sure it was heaven, too. Try it for me if you’re ever in the area.

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Children holding hands while crossing the street

Children holding hands while crossing the street

Isha and I went to this HUGE concept store called Empreintes and everything was eye candy from the minute we stepped inside.

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There was a café, also by Season, on the 2nd floor

There was a café, also by Season, on the 2nd floor

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We were only going to window shop but we passed by smaller shops and ended up buying a few items. Heehee. No major damage on our wallets though! High five, Isha!✨

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Walking back to our meeting point, a young girl surprised us on the streets! She started talking to us in Tagalog! She said she reads my blog. You can imagine how much that warmed my heart even in the freezing cold.

She spoke in Tagalog but had a Parisian accent, it was very lovely. She grew up there and is currently studying. It was so nice meeting you, Anne Claire!:)

Hotel Providence at night

Hotel Providence at night

After a quick stop by our hotel to freshen up, we headed back to the pop-up store for the launch party!

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The Dove Pop-Up Store at 108 rue Saint-Lazare will be open until December 18th!

Look at our matching head tilt!! Haha! Russia, Japan and Philippines :)

We also got our finished products from when we visited the store earlier that day!

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The other girls and I were talking about what we would do with our personalized beauty bars. We agreed we weren’t going to use it because it’s just too pretty!! Plus, it’s a reminder of our wonderful Paris trip with Dove. Mine is currently displayed proudly in our guest bathroom. If any of my guests use it by accident, I will totally wash their mouths out with it. Hahaha, I’m kidding!! (Or am I?)

Thanks to this beautiful girl who helped engrave more than 300 bars that day!

Thanks to this beautiful girl who helped engrave more than 300 bars that day!

Took home some personalized ones for my sisters, too!

Took home some personalized ones for my sisters, too!

For my totally limited edition body scrub, I asked them to help me translate Time-Turner (as in Hermione Granger’s nifty gadget) et voila:

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I’ve used it twice already and felt gorgeous and silky soft after showering. The hard part is that I don’t want to finish it… Ever! Haha!

I feel very lucky to have experienced this at all. I’m obsessed with Dove products and their brand’s key message of embracing real and unique beauty.

We tend to be critical of ourselves. There’s this pressure that we’re not where we should be in life. That we’re not as tall, as thin, or as fair-skinned as our peers. Yes, of course, we’re NOT like our peers – that’s because we are totally different people! That doesn’t mean one is necessarily better than the other.

When we spend time obsessing over who we are not, we end up wasting time. You can try changing who you are and how you look to fit whatever you think is the standard of beauty, but if everybody did that then we’d all just look the same. Where’s the fun in that?

There’s only one you in this world. You are your own limited edition. Now isn’t that beautiful?😉

♥,
Saab

Saab

7 Comments

  1. Reply

    Nica

    December 2, 2016

    I wonder what Tagalog with Parisian accent sounds like. I bet it’s wonderful. 😍

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    Ma. Patricia Garcia

    December 2, 2016

    I think this is my favorite post from yours! I love Dove and their advocacy to make women feel beautiful in their own skin. I, for one, felt less confident because I don’t have fair skin and I don’t look beautiful in general. But those were during my younger years. I admit that I still feel it sometimes, just because people constantly ask me why I don’t use whitening products or gluta. My gaddd! I find it offensive sometimes, but I just ignore them. #NotoNegativity I realized that I don’t need to be white or pretty just to become who I really want to be in life. I have talents and skills that I can be proud of. I have my family, friends who know and accept the real me. And that is enough. I’ve learned to embrace my color (#morenaforever!) and my imperfections (pimples, scars, curly hair, and my pangong ilong), and since then, I felt free. :)

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      Saab

      December 2, 2016

      YES!!! We always want what we don’t have – it’s human nature! We need to keep reminding ourselves not to fall prey to our insecurities. Hooray to embracing ourselves <3

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    Jane

    December 5, 2016

    “You can try changing who you are and how you look to fit whatever you think is the standard of beauty, but if everybody did that then we’d all just look the same. Where’s the fun in that?”
    – No fun there. Cheers to embracing our own unique beauty! ♥

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    Dona

    December 6, 2016

    OMG these linesss! <3 <3 <3

    "We tend to be critical of ourselves. There’s this pressure that we’re not where we should be in life. That we’re not as tall, as thin, or as fair-skinned as our peers. Yes, of course, we’re NOT like our peers – that’s because we are totally different people! That doesn’t mean one is necessarily better than the other.

    When we spend time obsessing over who we are not, we end up wasting time. You can try changing who you are and how you look to fit whatever you think is the standard of beauty, but if everybody did that then we’d all just look the same. Where’s the fun in that?

    There’s only one you in this world. You are your own limited edition. Now isn’t that beautiful?"

    SO INSPIRIIING! I'll always bear those lines in my mind, most especially when I get intimidated by beautiful girls. Thanks, Saab! You're absolutely the best-est! <3

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    Mayee

    December 11, 2016

    Grabe teary eyed ako reading that last bit!!! Yay to self-empowerment!!! 💙💙💙

    P.S. Kapag naubos yung personalized body scrub mo, do you think you can recreate it? Hihi gusto ko tuloy maamoy kung gaano ka-“sexy” yung smell lelz! :p

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      Saab

      December 21, 2016

      Hahaha I doubt it!!

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