Can you really enjoy summer during the rainy season? If you ask mothers like me, of course you can! In fact, doble pa ang enjoyment because of all the savings you can make. Seasoned travelers know how prices of hotel accommodations and resorts drop post summer. For families with small kids, an out of season getaway means less crowd and more space to enjoy.
In this post, I am sharing some budget finds which you have the chance to win and enjoy for your own “summer in July” experience.
Me and my son Ashton on a frugal weekend staycation
Affordable Swimwear: Pink Belter
I only buy swimwear once a year and most of them I purchase online. Why? Because they are cheaper and I find swimwear from the department store not just pricey but limited in terms of style. For a mommy like me, I look for a swimwear that’s attractive, classy, but will allow me to run after my son without any malfunction.
My cover-up and swimwear from Pink Belter looks very classy for its price
Pink Belter offers these kinds of swimwear, not just for moms but for many kinds of ladies who like to enjoy swimwear like bikinis, bandeaus, one piece suits, and versatile cover ups that you can use for other occasions. I discovered them on Instagram, placed an order for this P850 two piece Antonette bikini and it arrived a couple of days right on time for our weekend. If you want to see for yourself, you can visit Pink Belter stores at Exhibit Area, Greenhills Shopping Center, Slimmetry 2/F Fashion Village at Tiendesitas and The Good Find, 2/F Cash & Carry Mall in Makati City.
The quality of Pink Belter’s fabric is very good for its affordable price. The thickness is decent so you don’t need to worry of feeling exposed in wet or dry situations. For the bikini I purchased, Antonette bikini – the fabric hugs the body in the right places, you don’t need to worry about the top or bottom slipping off. Note that it comes in free size yet feels like it’s a custom fit.
WIN a Pink Belter Swimsuit
I like this swimsuit brand so much that I would like to share my Pink Belter experience to one lucky reader of Mommy Lace. Here’s how to WIN, just visit Pink Belter on Instagram, follow them and tell me which swimsuit you like and why via comments below. Please put PINK BELTER as the subject of your comment because there’s another giveaway below. Deadline of entries is already this Sunday, July 31.
*Note I cannot guarantee that I can get you the swimsuit of your choice, this would be based on what’s available.
Naturally Healthy Skin with Cocoline Naturals
On the same weekend getaway with my son, I treated myself to a new brand and line of all-natural products. I discovered Cocoline Naturals while shopping for my son’s vitamins at Watson’s. I am a new fan of organic and natural products but most of what I use I have to order online – until I discovered this brand, Cocoline which is easily accessible and available in many department stores and supermarket nationwide.
Since it’s my first time to try it, I got the smaller versions of the following:
Cocoline Instense Moisturising Coconut Milk Licorice Bar Soap 75g
Cocoline Instense Moisturising Coconut Milk Licorice Body wash 90ml
Cocoline Instense Moisturising Coconut Milk Licorice Body lotion 90ml
I really planned to use the body wash and lotion right after swimming. Chlorine can be very drying and harsh to the skin, using natural & nourishing products thereafter is better than using ordinary soaps. Coconut is naturally moisturizing and has antibacterial, moisturizing, and anti-fungal properties.
Cocoline Naturals Instense Moisturising Coconut Milk Licorice Body Wash
It’s difficult to choose between the bar soap and the body wash, but since I wanted to treat myself to a long peaceful bath – I chose the body wash. Note that you will need a puff or bath sponge to use the body wash otherwise, you will use more than you need. I use two coin sized body wash, squeezed on the puff and then I press it before application.
The body wash has a gentle scent of coconut oil and vanilla (but is actually licorice). Ang sarap gamitin because it will remind you of expensive coconut based spa treatments. The product is very soft and gentle on the skin and creates a good amount of lather. I really enjoyed bathing with Cocoline, it’s affordable too so it’s something I can enjoy not just on weekends but everyday.
Washing off the body wash is easy, the lather or foam slides off the body right away. I use tabo (water dipper) and lukewarm water. The skin feels soft and moisturized even after drying off with a towel. I appreciate that my skin did not feel dry after that long bath, I thought twice if I still have to apply lotion but of course I did, I am excited to try their lotion too.
Cocoline Naturals Instense Moisturising Coconut Milk Licorice Body Lotion
Right after bathing is the best time to use Cocoline’s natural body lotion. This is my NEW favorite body lotion, it is all natural, has coconut oil, and it smells like virgin coconut oil! The lotion is thick but easily spreads onto the skin. It smells very good, you feel like you just got a massage on the beach or walked right out of a spa. Ang bango talaga, I really like the natural scent of real coconut oil.
I only applied it once for the entire day, my skin did not feel dry so I think it was absorbed nicely. But because I like the smell, I have the idea of bringing this small lotion in my bag and apply it on my hands from time to time so I smell like vacation every time
Cocoline also has a Triple Whitening line with Papaya + Kojic + Vitamin C.
Cocoline Naturals Giveaway
Obviously, I enjoyed using Cocoline Naturals so much and I wish I can share and pass the lotion to all of you. For this giveaway, I am giving 3 lucky readers of Mommy Lace a chance to win 1 set of Cocoline products each, yehey! Note I am giving the bigger versions, 190ml for the body wash and lotion, 135 grams for the beauty bar.
To get the chance to win 1 of the 3 Cocoline sets, just comment below why you want to try Cocoline Naturals (also based on the above review).
I hope you enjoyed reading this post and I look forward to receiving your entry. Good luck Mommy!