Photos by my the Instagram Momma!
Always remember to keep it real, in style, beauty, and attitude!
Before the “ber” months completely take-over, here’s a fresh new style post serving some vintage Malibu Barbie vibes! It’s been a while since I last wore a dress as poufy as this, but when I saw it at one of the racks at Karimadon, I just had to be in it! It just looked way too fun! You know that magical moment when an article of clothing just speaks to you? Well it was one of those moments.
Dress by Karimadon, shoes by Charles and Keith, sunnies by Sunnies Studios, bag by Tory Burch
Photos by my the Instagram Momma!
Felt fresh the whole day despite the erratic weather since I’ve been using the new Premium Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30 enriched with Avocado Oil and Almond Milk by Silka. Also wearing my ever present lash extensions by Kiyosa Japanese Total Beauty. Visit them at F1 Hotel BGC and at their newly openned branch in Conrad Manila! You can get 20% off on their premium Japanese lash extensions on your first visit too! All you have to do is say my name, say my name! Haha
Until the next randomly fun style post!
Always remember to keep it real, in style, beauty, and attitude!
A beauty loot from a coveted skin care brand plus bottles of bubbly is one package every girl would be delighted to receive, and that’s exactly what came in the mail from Rustan’s The Beauty Source!
I’ve been familiar with Clarins as a brand, but never really got to try it religiously. Now I have a feeling these tubes will be added to my skin care regimen, with my special affinity to BB creams and serums. The great thing about these two is how they’re both specially formulated for Asian Women!
In particular this Clarins BB is a BB Beauty Perfector that hydrates, evens and brightens the skin. It suits all skin types and all ages, is oil-free, and also has a special 100% mineral screen and Clarins exclusive “anti-pollution” complex that’s simply perfect for all of us city inhabitants! Haha This allows the skin to be protected from the ubiquitous pollution and free radicals that can cause aging, skin damage, and even acne.
I love how lightweight the texture is, and that it has SPF 30 / PA +++! I never leave the house without sunscreen, so I’m happy how this BB has me covered both for protection and just the right amount of coverage for everyday wear. It’s packed with Acerola seed, meadowsweet and aloe extracts, plus hyaluronic acid to help moisturize and smoothen the skin.
Now the Enhancing Eyelift Serum is a little bit different from your usual eye serums. It not only visibly lifts and lightens eyelids, reduces dark circles, but it can also fortify your lashes! YES! You know how I’m a total lash freak, and I have my lashes retouched at KIYOSA as much as possible. Read why here!
I’ve been looking for a safe and effective lash serum just to make sure I still give my lashes the TLC it needs! I’m so going to overuse this! Haha I can tell! It also has that magical anti-pollution complex, a new Clarins trademark formula!
It’s reassuring how you can expect nothing but high quality from a premium brand such as Clarins Paris. These are available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source, together with other international, and even signature beauty brands!
Now if you’re also an admitted beauty and skin care addict, you should definitely get your personal and exclusive Beauty Addict Card! It just seals the deal on your total shopping experience! What’s it like you might ask? Picture this: Exclusive access to special beauty offers such as treatments, discounts, premium event invitations, and event sweet surprises! All with your very own Beauty Addict Card!
And it’s really simple to apply for one too! Any customer of legal age and with a minimum purchase of PHP 2,500, can apply through a digital application in-store to become a Beauty Addict member!
Now if you’re sold with that idea, I suggest you hurry and apply for one by this weekend at Rustan’s The Beauty Source, so you can get an exclusive invite to the Biggest Beauty Event of the year hosted by Rustan’s this September 15! That’s Next Thursday already! I might also get to see you there, together with other personalities, bloggers, and VIPs! Then maybe we can both toast our glasses filled with champagne together over hors d’oeuvre, premium beauty finds and treatments! Sounds fun right?
#AreYouABeautyAddict? I think out of all possible addictions, this one you can proudly admit! Follow @rustansthebeautysource on Instagram and Facebook for more details!
I am a fan of skin care for many reasons. But what tops that list is how taking proper care of my skin makes me feel great and look good at the same time. Who doesn’t need and want that right? With the skin being the largest organ of our body, we actually SHOULD make skin care a priority. But with the several factors the skin in exposed to, on top of the many different tasks and responsibilities we juggle in our daily lives, sometimes our skin just has to have “those days.” Sounding like a sanitary commercial right here, but you get what I mean! Haha
Sleep deprivation, stress, hormonal imbalances, and improper diet are just some of the factors that causes our skin to breakout… Hope those don’t sound all too familiar to you! But if they do, well at least you’re reading this post because I’m here to share my latest anti-acne and skin care discovery!
Okay, so have you heard of probiotics? I’m sure most of us if not all are familiar with Yakult and its main power factor, probiotics. Well this is the same kind of probiotics found in PROBIODERM Probiotics Cream, Skin Barrier Protection. It’s basically probiotics in a jar for your skin! How cool is that? It’s the first of its kind and is a natural, defensive, and scientifically proven breakthrough by proudly Filipino-owned pharmaceutical company, Pediapharma Inc., and is exclusively distributed by Dermaceutika Corporation. Yup! It’s 100% natural and preservative-free! Carefully formulated by renowned pediatric doctor, Dr. Arturo Ludan MD, it’s also proven safe and effective to the Food and Drug Authority’s satisfaction.
For those who aren’t too familiar with probiotics, they are beneficial or friendly bacteria found in the gut and on our skin that helps improve digestion, boosts the immune system, and protects against inflammatory diseases.
Usually there’s a healthy balance of the tons of good and bad microflora living in our bodies, but sometimes we need to replenish the population of probiotics when there is an overgrowth of bad bacteria. This unbalance may be caused by several external and internal factors like the erratic weather, excessive pollutants, harsh soap cleansers, exposure to allergens, and stress. The skin then reacts and becomes inflamed, A.K.A. hello pimple nation!! And hello panic!!
But fear not! This is the exact reason for Probioderm’s existence! It works to restore the balance and population of good bacteria on the skin, reducing inflammation, redness, itchiness, and at the same time improving the overall quality of the skin, making it supple and smooth!
As a skin barrier protection, Probioderm with Zinc delivers the following health benefits to the skin:
It is claimed that in as little as one week for some users, these skin benefits can be seen:
APPLICATION: All you have to do is spread a small amount on the clean affected area of the skin and leave overnight. It may be used for both the face and body.
STORAGE: Store it in stable room temperature, where it’s cool and dry, away from sunlight and heat. If stored properly, it can have a shelf life of 18 months from date of manufacture.
I’m familiar with probiotics found in yogurts but I never knew that skin conditions such as acne and comodones can be treated with probiotics too! I can’t wait to discover more about Probioderm and test its compatibility with my skin. A lasting first impression would be the way it smelled a lot like Yakult! This is because the formulation is au naturale and has no added fragrances to mask the natural scent of probiotics. The cosmetic formulation contains hardy strains of the probiotic blend, and has quite a soft, creamy texture much like yoghurt. It feels really good on the skin, light and fresh, like my face and body is being treated really well and replenished!
So to everyone suffering from a bad case of acne, or if you just want to achieve a brighter and clearer skin… This new topical probiotics treat is definitely a product worth trying! It is recommended that those with known sensitivity or reaction to yeast or fermented products to first consult a doctor before using it.
I also personally love how they launched their #Confikada campaign where they tapped your average everyday youth with their own respective quirks and uniqueness to advocate for confidence and self-love with Probioderm! Here’s to new discoveries, and to being confident in our own skin at any given day!
Stay confidently you!
#JCootds featuring: Top by Details PH, jeans by Penshoppe, sneakers by Keds, bag by Kipling, bag charm by Fossil, watch by Valentino Timepieces | Thank you my dear friend, pro make-up artist, Muriel Vega Perez for taking my OOTD photos!
Having been exposed to the media and beauty industry since I was young, I’ve grown to have had a wide appreciation when it comes to beauty products be it from global or local brands. Diversity and acceptance are some of the major factors that make the world go round after all!
But it makes me even more excited when a local brand steps up to the competition and delivers with quality and consistency. In my previous blog post, I shared a little something about how Silka successfully hit a promising number of 15 years in the industry. As promised I’m sharing my two cents on the new variants and scents they introduced in their recent Silkamazing @ 15 launch.
So here they are… each scent having a lotion and soap equivalent! On the “Orange Team” is the Silka Whitening Lotion SPF 23 with Shea Butter and the Silka Whitening Soap with Shea Butter.
Meanwhile on the “Purple Team” boasts the Silka Premium Moisturizing Lotion SPF 23 with Avocado Oil and Almond Milk Protein and the Silka Moisturizing Soap with Avocado Oil and Almond Milk Protein
I love how the lotions are already infused with Sun Protection Factor or SPF 23! Sun block application is essential all year ‘round, whether you’re indoors or out! Your skin will thank you for your discipline in the long run. It’s great how the consistency isn’t sticky, and has just the right silky smooth feel on the skin. The brand really speaks for itself! Silky smooth with Silka! Haha
Both lotions and soaps have whitening qualities. Results can be seen as early as 7 days with daily use of the lotions. While the soaps can deliver results as early as 14 days with daily use as well. So if you’re keen on achieving a fairer complexion with no downtime, then by all means… go for the whole package!
Now onto the scents and other qualities… Shea Butter will always be a classic when it comes to the fragrance chart. But I was really excited with the Avocado oil and Milk Protein scent because it reminds me of that avocado with milk and sugar dessert that I love!
The Shea Butter lotion aims to nourish, moisturize and soothe the skin especially when irritated and dry. The Shea Butter Soap not only whitens, but also produces a creamy lather in a relaxing and luscious mild butter scent. Meanwhile the Avocado Oil and Milk Protein lotion aims to offer deep hydration as it revitalizes and repairs dry, dehydrated skin. Its moisturizing milk soap also whitens, smoothens, and hydrates, as it’s formulated with avocado oil and almond milk.
The lotions come in 3 different sizes at 50ml, 100ml, and 200ml. And the soap well comes in a standard soap size but the pastel colors are too cute! I especially love how handy the 50ml bottles are. I for one, being the girl scout that I am, always bring travel sized essentials wherever I go! Lotion is no exception, and I carry around in my purse my favorite scent of the season depending on my mood. Just writing about these new variants make me wanna drop everything, take a shower and just lather myself with them! Do you have any favorites from Silka? These would have to be mine! If you haven’t tried them yet, they’re available in all major stores and supermarkets nationwide. It’s a bonus that it’s affordable and also has a more premium packaging!
Together with this new line, Silka’s #TheSkinYouLove campaign exists to inspire Filipinas to be more confident in their skin. So, whatever your beauty and wellness goals are, or whatever scent you’re more of a fan of, don’t forget to show yourself some good old self-love, and be proud in #TheSkinYouLove!
Silka has grown to be a household name when it comes to effective and affordable beauty lotions and soaps here in the Philippines under Cosmetique Asia, also the makers of other local favorite brands, such as Biogenic Alcohol and Juicy Cologne. I can’t believe it’s been 15 years and clearly they’re going strong!
In line with their 15-year anniversary celebration, they’ve introduced 2 new scents in the market with their latest line of premium lotions and soaps. And they were unveiled in the form of a grand launch complete with celebrity guests, performances, jaw-dropping raffle prizes, super fun activities and so much more! All this, to make their presence truly felt as they continue providing products to help achieve #TheSkinYouLove!
The whole-day event was open to the public and was held at the Trinoma Activity Center. The activities and surprises the Silka team prepared for their guests was meant to inspire more Filipinas to be more confident, and for consumers to experience all Silka products like never before. Thus their witty stations, such as the No Sweat Zone and Singing Bae booths!
It was more like a fair, with so much laughter and good vibes! It was definitely one for the books, especially since it was super star-studded! Their endorsers, Piolo Pascual and Iya Villania had appearances, there were performances by Karylle, Christian Bautista, Tippy Dos Santos, Kai Honasan and Pilipinas Got Talent’s Rouge Band, and the entire event was hosted alternately by Mikael Daez, Joyce Pring, Bianca Valerio and DJ Shai Tisai. There was also a beauty talk by Bianca Valerio, and special discounts on all products that day!
Here are more photos of what went down that day:
Now how can I forget to introduce the main stars of the show, aside from the actual stars!
Here they are… Silka’s new line of products!
First up is the Silka Premium Moisturizing LOTION SPF 23 with Avocado Oil and Almond Milk Protein
It’s paired perfectly with the Silka Moisturizing SOAP with Avocado Oil and Almond Milk Protein!
Since the success of the Silka Whitening LOTION SPF 23 with Shea Butter introduced in 2013, the Silka Whitening SOAP with Shea Butter was also unveiled at the event as the perfect compliment.
Avocado oil, almond milk, shea butter? All these ingredients and scents all sound absolutely delicious, don’t you think so? Will share more about the products and my thoughts about them in a separate blog post soon! Stay tuned!
But for now, I wish to congratulate my friends over at Cosmetique Asia for 15 Silkamazing years! I can’t wait to see what they have in store for their “Sweet 16” next year! I do hope for more homegrown brands like Silka to be introduced and patronized both locally and globally! Support local, and wear #TheSkinYouLove loud and proud!
Stay amazing as always!
About a month ago, I was tapped to host for the launch of Huawei’s latest smartphone unveiling here in Manila at The City of Dreams — The Huawei P9 Series. It’s been said to be performing rather well in the global market in available countries. Quite frankly, after listening and taking part of the program that evening, my co-host and I wished we could bring home with us a unit each for ourselves or at least win one at the raffle draw. Well, the job required for hosts so we delivered to the best of our abilities while being convinced at the same time.
Now fast-forward to today, I finally got my hands on the gorgeous Huawei P9! So I’m sharing my thoughts, impressions so far, and why this phone is getting a lot of attention and hype this season. There are already quite a few technical and comparative blog posts about this unit, so I want to make this more experiential in terms of how I’ve been enjoying it.
To those of you who’ve been following this blog or my social sites, you’d know that I am a lover of great design and style, and that I enjoy wearing many hats—as a host, model, blogger, speaker, producer, and content creator. So how does this translate to the Huawei P9? Well it simply functions as pretty as it looks, and it’s a reliable gadget for multitasksers, and artists like me!
SLEEK IN AND OUT
Anyone with eyes and a proper functioning brain can recognize how sleek and sexy the Huawei P9 looks. Good thing that it doesn’t just stop at the exterior. The color I got is in Prestige Gold. Ooh... fancy! Insert heart-eyed emojis please!
Upon setting up the unit, my eyes were pleased by how crisp, clear and colorful the display is. The automatic theme it came with matched in gold as well, and the entire package really looks and feels premium. Upon the first few minutes of getting more acquainted with the phone, I learned that it has an ultra light aluminium construction, a dual-lens main camera, a press touch screen functionality, a responsive fingerprint scanner, stereo speakers, and has a pretty good battery life. It also has a 1080p resolution and a processor of its own design.
Being a very visual person, I enjoy sharp, and bold resolution. Isn’t it evident with my Instagram feed? So I was pleased to find that the P9 has a stunning 5.2” FHD display with 96% color saturation and high contrast, but is still easy on the eyes and not overly saturated.
Its physical size is right in the middle of an iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus… So it fits comfortably in the palm of my hands. The unit is also very lightweight which I love because… C’mon, we can all admit that we never travel without our phones. It’s so easy to carry around, it’s ultra handy, and not heavy at all! No need to worry about dropping your phone to your face while lying in bed. Haha! Yes, I know it happens.
QUALITY PERFORMANCE + UNIQUE FUNCTIONALITY
Being quite the multitasker myself, and very much a millennial with all my social, musical, professional, personal, and digital needs in general… A gadget that’s smart, functional, fast, and fun is exactly what I need.
The P9 has a unique user interface and is powered by Android Marshmallow so there are a lot or fun, quirky and really functional features found in this phone. First of all, it’s highly customizable! There are a lot of themes to choose from whether you’re going for a classic and sophisticated feel, a really bright and colorful one, or even cool, sleek, or macho for the men. You can also customize the navigation bar and floating dock to your liking, making sure browsing through your phone is an ease. The notifications bar also has an auto steps tracker… I didn’t even have to set it up. I guess it’s the phone’s way of reminding me to stay fit and healthy! Haha
Another buzz-worthy feature of this phone is its unique DUAL LENS camera powered by Leica. Why need two lens? Well, why not? Instagrammers, social media mavens, bloggers, journalists, artists, and photography enthusiasts would definitely enjoy the extensive camera settings of the P9. It’s built to capture more light with its 2 sensors, the RGB and Monochrome respectively.
There are also a variety of shooting modes to choose from with just one touch, including Beauty photography and videography, Light Painting, Time-lapse, Panorama, Night Shot, Watermark, Slow-mo, HDR, Audio Note (allows you to take an audio clip up to 10 seconds after capturing a photo), as well as one of the favorite features, the Document Scan. Why is this my favorite? Well because it’s so essential! I used to always immediately download productivity apps whenever I get a new phone or gadget. A camera scanner would be one of those must-have apps for me. This Document Scan feature in the P9 is already built-in and works like magic, even in low-light! So whenever you need to submit a scanned document on-the-go, just simply whip out that phone.
Aside from the easy shooting modes, there is also an extensive manual mode you can play around with where you can achieve different focal points, and depth of field. Another quirky feature I’ve been enjoying is how you can take a “Screen Shot” with the P9. I’m sure most of us are familiar with the 2-button press screen shot of the iPhone, and even the hand swipe screen shot of some Samsung phones. Being a Samsung user before myself I’d have to admit that the hand swipe thing was pretty cool…
But, for the Huawei P9, all you have to do is KNOCK! Yup! How fun is that right?
To be exact, you must do two hard or firm knocks with your knuckle!
“Knock-knock!” And… Capture!
There’s even a Scroll Shot feature where you can take an extended screen shot of your phone’s lengthwise screen. So whether you wish to capture a long message thread, or article, you can do so with just one screen shot! You can even record your onscreen actions by knocking twice firmly with two knuckles on the screen.
A step-by-step guide can be found under Settings > Smart Assistance!
SECURE + ACCURATE
With our society’s demands to be entertained and amused, there’s no doubt that technology can sometimes be too fancy and overly intricate. But even though the Huawei P9 delivers fancy features and aims to entertain, it also ensures efficiency and convenience. At the end of the day, a smart phone is a smart phone for the main qualities we expect from it.
As far as my family and I are concerned… (Yes we’ve been sharing this phone with each other because it’s the newest addition to the family.) The P9 has been serving its purpose quite well, and is a breeze to use. Of course it can take some getting used to especially if you’ve been familiar with all the functions and features of another interface and unit. I personally have yet to get a hang of typing fast, but being an Android user before, I’m sure I’ll get used to it soon.
There are helpful shortcuts too, even when your phone is locked… So you can easily access your camera, voice recorder, flashlight, and calculator in a jiffy! The battery life is quite satisfactory as well, with its typical 3000mAh battery. It can last up to about 30 hours tops on the Balanced Power Mode. The unit can also cater to Dual Sim users so there’s no need to juggle between two phones just because you’re maintaining two numbers.
The Huawei P9 comes in a minimalist design, and all its accessories are nestled neatly in the box it came in. So to all those interested in getting their hands on this coveted baby, here’s what you can expect to find in the box:
USB-C Cable ×1
Eject tool x1
Quick Start Guide ×1
BUT WAIT, there’s more!!
Huawei really went all out with this package and even provide a hard crystal case, and a screen protector to get you started the right way! I did not expect this at all. I was actually thinking at first that I would have a hard time looking for a case at least for now since this is a fairly new unit. I guess “having a hard time” can be opted out from our vocabulary when using this new gem.
Clearly, my experience with the P9 has been oh, so fine so far. Then again, there is no perfect phone, and no perfect user. Haha! But if these qualities I’ve shared simply fit you and your lifestyle like it has been doing well for me, then by all means… enjoy!
Sometime last week, I got the chance to attend a #LiveBrighter Forum catered to millennials like me. So I said to myself, why not? Extra knowledge plus a serving of dinner on the side? Sold! Something not everyone knows about me is that I can be a total nerd or geek in my own way, and I’d like to believe this is a good thing.
C’mon… it’s a great thing! Where are all my geeky gals and guys at?! Holla! Haha I absolutely enjoy attending talks, and listening to forums when I was in high school and college. Whenever there’s a seminar where any student can just sign-up and attend back in Ateneo, I’d always find a way to catch it more often than not. To be honest, I miss attending classes and just absorbing all the new ideas I can get, especially from my favorite courses like philosophy, and communication.
So when I got the opportunity to listen into this so called #LiveBrighter session hosted by Sun Life Financial, I was all in and wanted to feed my curiosity. So much so that I was seated right at the front row. Haha Off to a good start I suppose! There were two speakers that day who shared their two cents on Sun Life’s newest campaign to help equip millennials for a financially prepared generation. Basically, these ladies have been on the road to achieving their respective #LifeGoals together with Sun Life.
First was Arriane Serafico, of ArrianeSerafico.com and BraverGoals.com. Her story was pretty relatable and I enjoyed how she shared her journey transitioning from college to the work force. Upon graduating, she applied to work for an NGO job where she admittedly confessed how although it fed her heart well, her tummy had to unfortunately compensate.
Then one fine magical day, her ultimate Bucket List goal came knocking at her door, or rather via email. It was an opportunity to study in her dream course in her dream school, Stanford University! Woah there! And you guessed it right, even she didn’t see it coming. One major problem was that she simply couldn’t afford it. Her savings were a bust, and the opportunity was about to be up in a few months. For a passionate lady like her, why waste away the chance of a lifetime just because of financial incapacity? Sadly many are facing this unfortunate reality in their daily lives. BUT NO! Why allow it? This is not the way to live life. This is not empowering.
This was a huge wake-up call for her and she started really “adulting” and facing the music. She then made use of her other talents and skill sets, and even random abilities where she rigorously tried making a humble living out of. This ended up making her land a fair share of trial and error jobs such as being a hip hop dance teacher, hosting events, conducting workshops, and even selling notebooks. She then realized that this wasn’t enough. It lacked stability and just wasn’t sustainable. She needed a solid plan, and emphasized establishing two important things: pursuing Sustainable Passions, and having Long Term Goals. She listed down her financial goals, and made an excel spread sheet to track down her expenses to make sure she had enough to keep her more than well and alive, and of course for the Stanford fund.
Many say pursuing your passions can’t possibly be practical. But on the contrary, it can be for as long as you’re smart about it. Finally Arriane found the intersection of passion, profit, and living the life she loves by conducting more talks and seminars about women empowerment, creating e-courses on her sites, and by being smarter about her money with the help of services from Sun Life Financial.
The second speaker of the day was actually her advisor, Agnes Dizon-Cuaso. She was a former model who also found herself wanting more stability in her life. Now after having undergone trainings as a Sun Life Advisor, Agnes is happily married and recently gave birth to a healthy baby boy. She’s pursuing a stable yet flexible career where she has enough time to focus on her personal life especially with her new family. Her presentation was refreshingly straight to the point yet enlightening.
Admittedly she shared that financial stability and security was a huge factor she considered when her then fiancé popped the big question… Adding that she wouldn’t have said yes if she weren’t financially stable for such a huge commitment. She also expressed how her heart felt fulfilled and enriched with her occupation. Not only is she able to provide well for herself and her family, but she also gets to help other individuals by guiding and empowering them financially.
In a nutshell, I realized how we all have goals, and aspirations fueled by our passions. And since passion is indeed paramount, we will always want to make it work. So now is the time to make sure our resources such as time and money won’t go to waste. We can be smart about our passions and make them sustainable by knowing how to fulfill and fund our #LifeGoals realistically and in turn, live ideally. This #LiveBrighter talk was really an eye opener for me, and reminded me to take that necessary reality check. We are the new workforce generation, and being millennials we can prove that we are more than slashers. We CAN balance our wants, needs, put our priorities in place, and aim to #livebrighter.
For more info on Sun Life’s Live Brighter campaign, visit their official site here!
Top by DetailsPH, cardigan by SM Woman, harlem pants by Folded and Hung, heels by Tutum, bag by Tory Burch
Shine bright, live bright, and keep on keeping on with those life goals!
Until the next!
It’s no secret that changing up your hair color can create a huge change for both your total look and outlook in life! Our hair is such a huge part of of our self-image and it can be both a powerful accessory and security blanket. So deciding to make that change, whether it’s going shades lighter or darker, or going for an edgier cut and style, can take us out of our comfort zones.
Sadly, we’ve heard, seen or even experienced our fair share of hair horror stories… and these don’t at all help in trying to revamp our looks. So when you get an opportunity to be under the care and consultation of the hair experts, you must simply trust, and say yes!
I was fortunate to have been invited to an exclusive Hair Color Party hosted by L’Oreal X Watsons earlier this month, and the timing was just right because my roots were longer than ever, and my hair color was starting to get really brassy after sun exposure and shampooing.
We were treated to an all out "Hair Transformation Day" complete with hair color stations, hair styling stations, make-up stations, and a pop-up photo studio to shoot our before and after profile shots! But before diving in the fun, we were first enlightened with a mini Hair Color and Care Talk from the L’Oreal Team. I really appreciated this session because it educated us on some need-to-know facts before we make that all important decision of choosing our next hair color.
I learned that there are so many factors to consider in choosing the most flattering hair color for you, all backed up by research!
Some of these include, skin tone, and even the prominent color of your veins as seen on your wrists. If it’s blue, then suggested hair colors would be more on the ash, and iridescent tones. While if it’s green, then suggested hair colors would be warmer shades such as copper, blonde, or reddish tones. Who knew even the color of your veins were a factor? How interesting right? I’d say my veins are actually blue-green, and maybe this is also why I’d always opt for lighter, ash blonde-ish tones for my hair.
Now just a side note, a few months back I hosted some episodes of Watsons Instahacks where we covered DIY Hair Coloring. I also had to take the challenge and the hair color brand assigned to me was L'Oréal as well! I told the team my usual hair color preference, and after much deliberation they knew exactly which color and box to let me use!
After seeing how well the color suits me, I told myself that I would stick to this color!
Fortunately, it was also available at the Hair Color Party… here it its, L’Oreal Excellence Fashion in 6.13 “Golden Nude Brown”
My hair has been slightly bleached years ago, and I believe this affected how new hair color would react and blend to my hair. After applying it on, it turned out as expected… and I simply love it!
The other girls also tried out this color, but since their hair is a bit darker to begin with, the lightness of the shade wasn’t as prominent as it’s seen on my hair.
The hair color labels we could choose from were the Excellence Fashion shades, as well as the Excellence Creme shades. Both are infused with hair loving ingredients, to give your hair the TLC it needs while providing the color you desire. How awesome is that? I love that you can totally defy damage while making that colorful change! Worry-free, and fuss-free!
The difference of the labels is that Excellence Creme has more classic tones, while Excellence Fashion has well, more fashionable, trendy, and vibrant shades.
A lot of faces were painted with smiles as our hair color transformations progressed that day, and the before and after photo shoot made everything even more exciting.
Thank you to Yrynn Lopez and Bobbie Millena of L’Oreal for my make-up, and Charles Manalad of Blo Blow Dry Bar for my hair!
Wearing a top from Details, and harlem pants from Folded and Hung!
We also got to bring home some hair care goodies to make-sure we get to maintain our newly colored locks, and keep them healthy!
Here’s sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner perfect for dry and colored hair! This way you can clean your hair, keep it polished, and not strip away all that fabulous color.
And here are hair care oils to nourish your hair from top to tip, and help prevent split ends and damage from constant styling and coloring.
In case you wanna throw your own Hair Color Party, or even take your own DIY Hair Color Challenge like we did for Instahacks, all of these products are available in select Watsons stores! Thank you again for the sweet pamper and hair color session, L’Oreal and Watsons! For more photos during the party, check out the official hashtags: #DefyDamage #MakeThatColorfulChange!
Keep those locks colorful and cared for!
Whenever people ask me how I would describe my style, I would always say it depends on my mood. What we wear both on our bodies and faces is a direct reflection of how we project ourselves and is also a really fun way of self-expression! No wonder the fashion and beauty industry is such a big hit. But what more if we can extend how we express our styles and moods with our eyes? Being the windows to our souls, so many have fallen in love with enhancing them even more... Be it from achieving that barely there or smokey eye make-up, those classic winged liners, and full lashes! Yes, even extensions like mine!
All of these are exterior enhancements, but a look can be made so much more fun and complete by using colored contact lenses!
I've been modeling and hosting in the industry for a while now and every time I have a big campaign or project I'm working on, I would always wear colored contact lenses. I've been using FreshLook since years ago, and Alcon Air Optix Colors since they launched here in Manila about a year ago. Now they've joined forces to inspire and encourage more Filipinas to color their moods with these colored contact lenses with the help of their brand ambassadors.
Julia Montes remains to represent FreshLook, and joining her is Kathryn Bernardo for Air Optix Colors! Although I couldn't be there myself to witness the grand launch, I'm sure the fans went wild over these 2 young stars reuniting after years since their on screen tandem took place.
As ambassadors, they also aim to educate new and existing wearers the importance of caring for your contact lenses properly. This includes, knowing your right grade, replacing your contact lenses regularly, using the right lens care solutions, and visiting eye care professionals for regular check-ups.
Aside from the hype courtesy of their lovely ambassadors, these lenses offer more than what meets the eye. Pun intended, sorry just had to. Haha! These lenses can be prescribed with or without vision correction. Made with a unique, smooth surface, they also feature an impressive technology that combines 3 colors in 1 allowing them to naturally blend with your eye color. I particularly love this feature because it makes sure your eyes get the color and still look like human eyes! Fresh, natural, really looking like how the windows to your soul should look... not laughable with too much color.
I'm sure you get what I mean!
AIR OPTIX colored lenses are made up of proprietary silicone hydrogel material that allows plenty of oxygen to pass through the lenses, they are perfect for LONG-HOUR WEAR. FreshLook on the other hand uses the classic hydrogel material and is best for EVERYDAY WEAR.
I personally am a fan of the Green colored lenses from Air Optix, and the Sterling Grey color from FreshLook. What I love about the green lenses is that it's not an overpowering color, but it's still different from the usual hazel neutral tone. It also gives off a three-tone effect once worn. The sterling grey lenses are perfect especially with smokey eye make-up for a formal evening occasion! So far I've been loyal to these two colors, but I might just try new ones just for fun!
So, now you know what to do! Keep those brows on fleek, cheeks peachy, and color your mood with those colored lenses!
UK Beauty Brand, PIXI by Petra took my fancy since I was introduced to it at one PIXI x GlamourboxPH event sometime early this year. Fell in love with it since then and they’ve been a staple in my beauty kit. I personally admire the brand because it’s simple, straightforward, and especially because of its quality and heart... Paraben free, and not tested on animals! Woot woot!
Created by make-up artist Petra Strand, their brand DNA is all about producing skin-loving products that give off that natural, fresh, and ever-radiant glow. Something us ladies would love to be experts of in the realm of beauty and skin care!
Another uniquely PETRA thing about PIXI is that these beauty tools and enhancers were crafted with the modern-woman in mind. Being a working mother herself, Strand made sure we could multi-task with her products! They’re not only “flaw-fixing”, but also youth-enhancing… Perfect for women who are always on the go. Fuss-free and flawless in a few minutes, is exactly what they’re all about, and what I’m all for!
Here are a few of my favorites from their skin care line!
This is where it all started! Got to try this cult favorite exfoliating toner when it launched here in Manila, and I must say, I understood what the hype was all about. It’s your magic toner if you have dull, dry and aging skin! It’s an alcohol-free toner that leaves you with a clearer complexion with aloe vera leaf juice that nourishes the skin, and witch hazel leaf extract + ginseng that cleanses, tightens, and refines the skin. No wonder they sell like hot cakes! Like all toners, this is best used after cleansing the face, both during the day and night.
MOISTURIZING CLEANSING CLOTHS
Infused with Aloe Vera and Camelia Oil, these wipes gently remove dirt and oil, cleansing the face while keeping it calm and hydrated. I find these cleansing cloths a perfect refresher when you’re traveling, especially in warm places! They can also be used as a no-rinse make-up remover, but when you have heavier make-up on, I suggest a stronger solution. I personally use it more as a refresher and cleansing wipe, rather than to remove my make-up.
HYDRATING MILKY MIST
This bottle and I have been inseparable ever since we met! Providing deep moisture, this youth-preserving, fully refreshing mist infused with Hyaluronic Acid and Black Oat leaves my skin plump and moisturized any time of the day. The Hyaluronic Acid helps trap moisture in, while the Black Oat contains a ton of skin-loving ingredients such as vitamins B1, B2, and B6, provitamin A, and linoleic acid! I usually spray this onto my clean face as a first step before both my skin care regimen, and make-up routine. It’s like my magic mist, to make sure everything’s set! I also never leave the house without it, it’s always in my beauty kit and I re-apply whenever I feel like my skin needs some quenching. Caution: It can get pretty addicting!
GLOW PEEL PADS
This is one powerful tub of pads. It’s an advanced exfoliating treatment that provides a quick and gentle exfoliation to the skin. Its primary ingredients include Glycolic Acid that stimulates cell turnover, Rose Water that hydrates and revitalizes, and Retinyl Palmitate that promotes collagen production. Altogether, its creates a formula that brightens the skin, minimizes breakouts and pores, and softens fine lines. Yes please! Apply the pad onto your face, neck, and even at the tops of your hands according to the tub. Leave on the solution for about 2-3 minutes, and then rinse with cool water to neutralize the peel. Since this formulation contains Glycolic Acid, you have to pinky promise yourself to never miss SPF application everyday! If you have more sensitive skin, it’s best to consult your dermatologist first before using the product, or just be extra cautious in case irritation occurs. Other than that, you’re sure to glow over time with these peel pads!
ROSE OIL BLEND
Perfect for all skin types, especially dull and dry skin, this nourishing face oil has become a favorite skin care essential! First of all, it smells so calming and soothing! It’s infused with rose geranium oils, pomegranate seed, jojoba, rosehip, and sweet almond. I end up smelling like a rose garden whenever I apply it on! It boosts the skin’s elasticity and natural glow, hydrates and conditions tired skin, and restores its youthful natural glow. My skin always feels so supple and baby smooth whenever I use it. The bottle comes with a dropper, and all you’ll need is 2-3 drops per application. Massage it onto your face after cleansing and toning for best results.
Lashes by KIYOSA
Lippie by BYS in "Royals"
Top by DETAILS
Joggers by WRANGLER
Heels by PARISIAN
Watch by VALENTINO TIMEPIECES
Earrings by ARAJERA
And there you have it, just some of my favorite Skin Treats from Pixi! There’s a ton more where these came from, available at GlamourBox.PH! What are your favorite skin care products this season?
Keep glowing inside and out!
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