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Jess Arnaudin, Green Beauty and Travel WriterFeatured

Jess Arnaudin

Green Beauty and Travel Writer
New York, NY

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Jess Arnaudin is an expert skin therapist, makeup artist, beauty writer and adventure seeker on a mission to examine beauty beyond boundaries. Jess combines her 6+ years of experience within New York City’s spa industry with an insatiable curiosity to find the best eco-beauty experiences around the world and share them with YOU! Join Jess on her #beautyadventure and find out firsthand why travel is so incredibly important for your skin and your soul!
Contact Jess for a spa session, or your bridal or special-event makeup.

Follow Jess for eco-conscious skin, beauty and healthy living tips now on JessArnaudin.com!

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Beauty…
“Gorgeous training today with the @vmvhypoallergenics team — lots of laughs & good energy all around. Thank you, @ccvr3 @lauraatvmv @vmvhypoallergenics! #hypoallergenic #hypoallergenicmakeup #skinsafe #fragrancefree #highlight #contour #training #makeup”
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Health…
“It’s a #superfood kind of morning! Berries are sky high in vitamin C (aka ascorbic acid) which is the key to #collagen production! It’s also vital in repairing skin’s barrier function. Grab a handful of fresh berries & join me in this colorful carnival of vitamin C! ? (Bowl from @Anthropologie) #powerfood #beautyfood #morningessentials #greenbeauty #vitaminc”
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“Matcha energy balls ???Thanks @bysaber & @glowleanrecipes for the inspiration! I made substitutions: (strawberry & honey filling instead of raspberry, and added coconut shavings to matcha powder for coating) and love the result. Best when eaten frozen / chilled! #matcha #matchamadness #energyfood #glutenfree #greentea #greenteapowder #glowlean #coconut #strawberry #cleaneating #skinhealth #caffeine #happysunday #sundayfunday” Instagram-AxisArtistry-MachaBalls-June2015-20150711
Good Living…
“January 15th. Half-way through the first month of the year. How go your resolutions? Every day is a new chance! Take a deep breath. Smile. And start again! Mine is spending more time with a gratitude journal. Totally changes my perspective! #attitudeofgratitude #gratitudejournal #resolutions #pulsecheck #accountability #newbeginning #newopportunity #dreambig #workhard #givethanks #greenbeauty”
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“Sending love & light today! We all need a little healing sometimes. ✌️Speak life. Speak love. See light. #gratitude #mindovermatter #love #light #life #healing #energy #peace #mindovermatter #positivevibes”
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Skinthusiast Mariza Hourani: My Life Has Been a Fairytale :)

Did you know that most VMV Hypoallergenics models are family members, good friends, work colleagues and real fans of the brand?

Meet Mariza Hourani, a Lebanese-British-Spanish-Philippine stunner who’s also my longtime bootcamp trainer’s daughter. Her dad’s seen me balloon through pregnancies and work myself to a purple-faced mess to get fit again. He trained my dad through his recovery from stem cell transplants and chemo, and still trains my energizer-bunny of a mother in her 70s. Mariza’s mother is one of the nicest, most creative women I know and does pretty much all my kids’ birthday parties plus crazy-good, crazy-healthy eggplant salads and hummus.

We’ve been friends, is what I’m saying, and I’ve been witness — often through stories shared mid bootcamp (usually when her dad’s trying to distract me from my lack of oxygen) — to Mariza’s growing up.

Mariza was also my now-3yo son’s first crush. The photo below shows him at a few months old clinging to her. Seriously, this continued a good, long time. He refused to be removed from this happy hugging. And who can blame him?

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LAURA: Your dad’s punished me for years and I still remember our first workouts. When did you first “meet” VMV?

MARIZA: VMV has been a part of my life since I was a kid as I had very sensitive skin growing up and most other brands didn’t have anything hypoallergenic! I used to have the worst lip problems — I couldn’t even smile without them bleeding. Without VMV, I really don’t know how different my life would be.

L: Ouch (the bleeding) but nice to hear (that we could help 🙂 What are your biggest skin concerns or skin goals?

M: As a  model, I’m always concerned about my complexion. I do have to be in makeup quite a lot so it’s the biggest relief to be able to use VMV products that don’t make me break out! I think my biggest skin goal would be to stay as youthful as can be for as long as possible. My career kind of depends on it, ha ha!

L: We can help there, too, I’m sure. Which VMV products do you use?

….. What don’t I use?

L: Ok, which would you consider your faves?

M: I’m white as a snowball. It’s so bad that I’ve used the lightest shades of other makeup lines as BRONZERS. That being said, hands down my favorites are the Skin Savvy Foundation and Illuminants Powder — you actually have my shade!!

L: What do you like about this very bare, very natural look for spring?

M: I’ll correct you right now and point out that I not only like it, I LOVE IT. So many people have the wrong idea about makeup; it’s not supposed to cover up your features, it’s supposed to enhance them. That’s exactly what this look is all about. I feel so preeeeetty

L: I stand happily corrected. And for days when a bare look just won’t cut it, what makeup looks get you jazzed?

M: I’ve always been into the pin-up look. Sexy, classy and timeless all in one.

L: Taking note of that for a future shoot. How would you describe your personal style?

M: Can we skip this question? #identitycrisis

L: Wait till you’re in your 40s. How do you keep as fit as you are?

M: I’m fit?? Hahaha! I try my best to get a jog in whenever I’m not busy with work 🙂

L: What’s your favorite activity to keep healthy?

M: Sleeping. Hands down. You’d be suprised how crucial things like this actually are until you’ve been deprived of them.

L: Totally agree with you. Didn’t think of sleep as an activity until my first experience with a newborn. What’s it like having a trainer for a dad?

M: I would be nowhere in my career without him. He’s been my biggest supporter and closest friend. Friends fight, A LOT, but it’s nothing a few burpees won’t fix.

L: Your dad and those #)*$& burpees. What was it like growing up in your family?

My life has been a fairytale 🙂

L: Those words, just like that, are what I’d love to hear my kids say some day.

 

Mariza is a model and freelance writer. 

Laura, VMV HYPOALLERGENICS CEO


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Laura is the CEO of VMV Hypoallergenics and eldest daughter of our founding dermatologist-dermatopathologist. She has two children, Madison and Gavin, and works at VMV with her sister and husband (Madison and Gavin frequently volunteer their “usage testing” services). In addition to saving the world’s skin, Laura is passionate about learning, literature, art, health, science, inclusion, cultural theory, human rights, happiness and goodness.

Brand Ambassadors, Featured, Healthy Living, Skin, Skinthusiasm

Elaine Abonal, SurfistaFeatured

Elaine Abonal

surfing
Multiple Islands, Philippines

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Hooked on surfing after her first taste of surfing culture in high school in Florida, Elaine chose the Philippines to set up Surfista Travels, a surf tour company that helps surfers and travelers arrange trips to the Philippine islands that include accommodation, transport and surf lessons  and island hopping.
Elaine speaks English, French, Spanish and Tagalog. She has contributed her photos and articles to numerous magazines and newspapers. She is also available as a personal surf tour guide.

Follow Elaine and Surfista for surfing, fun, friendship and the most gorgeous islands imaginable now!

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How long have you been surfing? 
My first surf lesons were in La Union in 2002! So 13 years.

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Why do you do it? 
I do it because it has become such an integral part of my life. It is my exercise, my alone time, my meditation, my job. I love it so much and I can’t imagine my life without it!
Why do so many fall in love with surfing? 
I learn something new every time I go surfing. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it weren’t for it. There’s knowing your limits but not being afraid to push yourself; realizing that it’s great to have a good ride, but it takes more to appreciate, even enjoy, getting back up after a big wipe out. I learn a lot about people; age differences disappear and languages become insignificant. You see that it doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, or how much money you make. You respect each other’s differences and share a common passion for being in the water that called to you.
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How do you train for it?
Surfing is a very physical sport. I eat healthy, surf as much as I can (daily if possible), do yoga so that I’m flexible, and get enough sleep.
How did you get started?
I was in Florida in high school and saw surfers and the whole surfing lifestyle. As soon as I got back home to the Philippines, I researched about surfing lessons, went on a trip with 4 boys (I was the only girl) and never stopped since!
You talk a lot about safety…
Surfing is not as hard as it seems but it’s not as easy as it looks either. Never underestimate the power of the ocean. Conditions change every day, every hour. It’s important to respect the ocean and know our limits. As surfers, we’re not only dealing with ourselves out there but also other people and their surfboards. Knowing basic safety is to protect others as much as ourselves.
Safety is so important. Surfista Travels organizes everything (transportation, accommodation and lessons) for people who want a safe and worry-free trip to the best surf spots. And this includes sun safety. Staying protected from the sun is a real concern because I live and breathe surfing. My lifestyle and job means that I am in the water and under the sun a LOT and at different times of the day. I try to avoid peak UVB hours but sometimes waves are too good to miss, or surf lessons get extended. I wear rash guards but my face, legs, and hands are still exposed. I make it a point to slather on sunscreen repeatedly and remind Surfistas to do the same!
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Why do you like using Armada Sport as a sunscreen?
Armada‘s my favorite, I can rely on it to protect my skin while not having it get in the way of what I do. I love that it’s not sticky or thick. It doesn’t feel hot even if I’m not yet in the water. I won it in a surfing association’s raffle once, and all the surfers there said it was the BEST sunscreen ever, so I started using it. It’s been in my beach bag since.
I LOVE Armada Sport because of many reasons! It’s not sticky or heavy when applied so it’s not uncomfortable on my skin. It’s the only sunscreen that I’ve ever used that doesn’t only protect me from the sun but helps IMPROVE my skin condition at the same time. I had skin problems where my skin tone became uneven and I couldn’t be under the sun and my skin was too sensitive for other sunscreens. Ever since I started using Armada Sport it has slowly been healing!
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What was your most memorable moment in surfing?
I can’t think of one particular moment since I’ve been doing it forever. It’s more like a mix of different moments that I treasure – surfing in beautiful conditions during sunrise or sunset with my good friends and good vibes and lots of laughter in the water, with a rainbow in the background for example – those are moments that I treasure the most!
You feel prettiest when…
My skin is SUCH a big part of who I am because it represents two major things about me — being a surfer and being Filipina. I always get complimented on my skin tone wherever I go in the world. 🙂
I feel prettiest when I am in my bikini, with no make up, barefoot and with a flower in my hair – AND surrounded by people who I love and love me just as I am!
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Do you have any tips for fans out there for fitness, sun protection and/or training?
Always put VMV Armada Sport 70 sunscreen – ALWAYS – whether you’ll only be out in the sun for 15 minutes or an hour, eat healthy because anything that you put in your body will be your fuel, do something active everyday. It takes WORK to be fit, it doesn’t come from just looking at pictures. Also don’t forget to RELAX & HAVE FUN!
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What’s your daily skin care and/or makeup?  
I only use VMV Hypoallergenics products. I don’t use so much makeup on the island, except for blush and Ooh-La-Lash!. I pretty much use VMV Armada Sport sunscreen as soon as I get out of my room during the day. At night, I always wash my face & moisturize. I’m under the sun and in a lot of extreme conditions so it’s good to have a daily skin regimen.
 


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Paula Rosales, KiteboardingFeatured

Paula Rosales

kiteboarding
Manila, Philippines

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Paula is born to be outdoords and in the water. Starting out as a competitive swimmer in high school, she later discovered her love for always being at sea. Paula is passionate about waterborne sports like skimboarding, wakeboarding, kiteboarding, surfing and, leisurely, sailing. Paula is an active professional kiteboader following the wind across the world. She competes in the Philippine Kite Tour and Triple S invitational in North Carolina while mothering her personal brand at www.skurbanista.com.

Follow Paula in competition and on her waterborne journey now!

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How long have you been kite boarding? 
I’ve been kiteboarding for 5 years, doing boardsports as far as i can remember 🙂

Why do you do it? 
I am a very active and outdoorsy person and I like learning new things…especially if it requires using a board! I got introduced to kiteboarding after a few good years of wakeboarding behind the cable. Kiteboarding is a sport that merges boardsports, particularly, wakeboarding/surfing and sailing (also one of the things that I started learning in recent years.) The best thing about kiteboarding is that I do not need a boat or a cable to get a sensation of stoke. It’s the greenest and most progressive boardsport out there and I love it.
How do you train for it?
I go to the gym once in a while but I get bored being there if it’s for more than an hour and if I’m alone, so I do a lot of alternative outdoor training which is similar to the movements in kiteboarding, such as wakeboarding, surfing, hula hoop, water ballet, yoga…and recently, I started trapeze with Trapeze Philippines. I definitely prefer being outdoors any day if I can and if it’s not too cold, raining, or too hot. I also run a lot just for the cardio.
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How did you get started?
I started kiteboarding when I moved back to Boracay island after living and working in CWC and basically wakeboarding everyday. I tried kiting once before and was unsuccessful. There is no surf in Boracay so this was a good option. I was hesitant in the beginning as the kite can be overwhelming sometimes but my friends were really helpful when I was starting out and that gave me a lot of inspiration and motivation to just move forward. It took a lot of dedication, patience, waking up at 5am to catch the early session, but everything was worth. Every time I get on the board and go, it’s worth it.
Why do you like using Armada Sport as a sunscreen?
The Armada Sport sunscreen is really effective, especially for somebody like me who uses sunscreen constantly, and who reapplies constantly, who’s under the sun the whole day. It doesn’t clog my pores and lets my skin breath underneath it. It’s very hard for me to find the right sunscreen that will not give me breakouts and whiteheads from clogged pores.
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What was your most memorable moment in kite boarding or a competition?
There are a lot of memorable moments but for sure the most memorable would be Sunset sessions at Seco Island, Philippines with my other Filipina kiter friends. I have this yearly Girls Kite Camp called Girl on Fire that I host for my kiter girlfriends. We go to this remote island off of Antique and camp there for 3 days and just kite and hang out.
You feel prettiest when…
…I’m out kiting/surfing or wakeboarding in super sunny Philippines, in my Roxy Bikini and VMV Armada Sport sunscreen!
Do you have any tips for fans out there for fitness, sun protection and/or training?
Make your fitness routine as fun as possible so it doesn’t feel like a bore and you get motivated to doing it, instead of it being a dreaded daily chore.
What’s your daily skin care and/or makeup?  
My daily skin regimen is includes my VMV Re-Everything Cleansing Cream, Re-Everything Treatment Toner and Re-Everything Cream: Anti-Age Primary Treatment. Then, Armada Sport, of course.
Makeup? no need. I wear Armada sunscreen that’s all! 🙂
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Miguel Feuermann, TriathlonFeatured

Miguel Feuermann

triathlon
Vancouver, Canada; Manila, Philippines

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Miguel Feuermann has been an endurance athlete and triathlete for multiple years. Having raced in various distances from short but high-octane sprints to the demanding long course of Ironman, he is full of stories and knowledge on the sport that shapes his life.
Born in Argentina, Miguel grew up in Vancouver, Canada and is an experienced hotelier by trade. He is currently a director at Shang Properties in Manila, Philippines, where Miguel lives with his loving family.

Chat with Miguel about endurance racing, juggling training with a career and family
— and even kids triathlons! —
on social now!

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How long have you been racing?
Started racing back in 2008 and have been hooked ever since.
Why do you do it?
Racing is the icing on the cake. The cake is the fitness, lifestyle, health (mental and physical), focus, determination, friendships, energy, etc. That is why I do it. Like everything, forming a habit is the most difficult part of it, but once you get over the initial hurdle, you will not turn back. It is a healthy, although somewhat costly, addiction! Although the costs associated with other lifestyles could be just as expensive.
How do you train for it?
The body is an amazing machine. It adapts to almost anything as long as you give it time to do so. For my Ironman and Ironman 70.3 distances, I have been following a detailed training program found in the Be Iron Fit, time efficient training secrets for ultimate fitness by Don Fink. There are 3 distinct programs within his book: just to finish, intermediate and competitive. I used the just to finish one for my first at Ironman Canada in 2013 and did exactly that — just finished…with a smile. For Ironman Melbourne in 2015, I followed the intermediate program which prepared me to approach the race a bit more aggressively — I managed to shave almost 3 hours from my Canada journey. I believe in the method of training he writes about and it works for me. We are all different so this approach may not work for all. As an executive working full time and with a busy family, his programs are perfect for me. All training is based on heart rate zones and time as opposed to distance, except for the swim which is strictly distance-based on different exertion levels. With this approach, I am able to schedule my training around my work and family, and know that I’ll be able to accomplish my personal goals. Depending on the race, for the Ironman distance, I start training 6 months out, 6 days a week, several days with 2 workouts a day. Majority is all swim / bike and run, with the time and efforts going up as the weeks progress. As long as you have a decent base, it is doable and your body will continue to adapt to the efforts you are putting it through.
How did you get started?
I got started upon returning from a trip to Argentina looking like a blimp! I did not like what I saw nor how I felt. I came across a book called Marathon Training For Non-Runners and picked it up. I was a non-runner and perfectly suited for it. 16 weeks later the book was finished and I completed my first ever marathon in Quebec! Due to the huge load in such a short time that I put my legs through, I got injured and got a stress fracture on my left shin. Prior to the race. I was determined to finish it! Upon my return home and getting rid of crutches, I bought an entry level Giant road bike in Jakarta. I felt I was able to continue with my fitness without pounding my legs. During one of the many rides, I met a few triathletes who offered that I joined them. Problem: I couldn’t swim. No problem: I hired Akbar Nasution, Olympic swimmer for Indonesia in the Sydney Olympics. Within 5 tough months of swimming 4 times a week I completed the Bintan Sprint Triathlon! The rest is history.
Why do you like using Armada Sport as a sunscreen?
Armada Sport is a great sunscreen which truly works. It keeps me well protected while I am completely exposed to the sun while I swim, bike and run. I have tubes of it stashed everywhere as I go through a ton of it. Nice that it stays on even after a hard swim although I still re-apply depending on the distance of the race or training session.
What was your most memorable moment in a triathlon?
Finishing my first — Bintan Sprint Triathlon! I remember feeling the same emotion of accomplishment then as I did when crossing the line during the Ironman events. The difference at the Ironman’s is that I had my family there cheering me and supporting me all the way. Having my daughter, Ariel, at the finish line and placing the finishers medal around my neck was unforgettable!
You feel most handsome when…
I feel handsome all the time!
Do you have any tips for fans out there for fitness, sun protection and/or training?
If you are thinking of starting any sort of fitness regimen for whatever reason, start slow. Educate yourself ( internet, forums, teams, training sessions, etc.) Join a group. Hire a coach. Tell the world. Sign up for an event even before you start. You will not back out of it. At the beginning, having support from your family, friends, peers is very motivating and will get you out of bed to train, race, etc. Surround yourself with common interest individuals. Don’t neglect your family as they will be part of your support. Lastly, listen to your body, it knows best. Missing a session or two will not make a difference on a long term plan or habit. So if you feel you need to rest, then do so. Your body will thank you in the long term. Pushing too much in too little time is an automatic injury and one which I ignored in my early beginnings.
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Our Brand Ambassadors inspire their community with their artistry, spirit, guidance and goodness.

Artists, athletes, makeup artists, and more who love what we “dew” as much as we love their contributions to the world.

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