Beauty: The Face Shop Monsters Inc CC Cushion

OMG! Look what my thoughtful mother in law got me from her Korea trip!

Super cool right? Love ’em!

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Beauty: Eyebrow Station by Ramon dela Cruz Part 2

It’s been 2 months already.

My eyebrow’s partially healed.  Past the itchy stage and the peeling stage.

Problem is, it looks so light sometimes.  I want it a little bit darker and thicker.

So after the wait, I finally had it retouched.  And boy does it hurt so much more!!!

Hopefully, the retouch will achieve the look or should I say, the perfect  eyebrows for me.

Here’s a before and after photo.

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Will post a new photo after a week or 2.

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Lock-It Lockets

I am one girl who really loves accessories and other girly stuff!  So this new product really suits me and definitely all the other girls like me!

My newest baby is called Lock-It Lockets.  Our tagline is “Pick a locket.  Tell your story with charms.  Lock it and wear it!”

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Remember the old fashioned lockets we used to have when we were kids, where we put our pictures or pictures of our loved ones and wear it close to our heart?  Lock-It Lockets is a modern version of that. 

You choose your own locket, it could be simple with a plain surface or it could be full of bling!  Lockets come in a variety of colors – gold, rose gold, silver, coffee and gun black.  They also have a lot of shapes, some are round and some are heart-shaped.

Our lockets are made of alloy and glass.  Don’t fret, this material is hypoallergenic and would not be a threat whatsoever to your health.  You are free to wear it anytime and anywhere! 

How to personalize your locket?  It’s so easy!  Just pick out charms that best represent who you are.  Or maybe mix and match charms that could tell a story.  It’s all about you and who you are or who you hope to be. 

Here’s an example of our round bracelet lockets.

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And our heart-shaped necklace lockets.

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We also have round necklace lockets.

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Another good thing about these lockets, it’s not permanent.  You can change the charms depending on your mood.  You can also interchange the chains for the necklaces.  There’s a lot to do with the lockets and the charms!

Always a new accessory to wear!  So what are you waiting for?

Pick a locket.  Tell your story with charms.  Lock it and wear it!

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BWL Salon

As my hair has its own life even if blow dried, I have been longing to have it straightened for a few months now.  I don’t have curly or kinky hair, it’s a little bit wavy and tends to get dry sometimes.  So when I heard that my cousin had her hair done, beautifully, at a promo price, I didn’t hesitate anymore!

I don’t usually spend so much on my hair.  I get Php50.00 haircuts at a salon in Kalentong, near the palengke (market).  I am not maarte in that part.  But even with the Php 50.00 budget, I still get lots of compliments for my hair cut!  Isn’t that the best deal?

I wanted a wash and wear hair, that’s the reason I had my hair cut short.  I am a breastfeeding mother and I don’t have all the time in the world.  In the morning, I pump before I leave for office.  I usually choose sleeping late than getting up early just to fix my hair.  But with my hair always flying away, I don’t have a choice but to make time for it.  Lately, since I still don’t have time, I bring my blower in the office and blow my hair there.  Still, it flies away.

So, hearing about BWL Salon is like a gift for my birthday.  My birthday is June 11.  I was scheduled for June 12, it’s Independence Day so there’s no work.  Fortunately, hubby didn’t have a schedule that day also.   I was free to go!

I got there around 11am.  Just in time for my appointment.  They asked me what I want to be done to my hair.  I was there for the IVL, it’s Ionic Volume Treatment, they told me it’s milder than Hair Rebond.  It doesn’t make your hair look like walis! They offered Hair Color at a promo price also.  Since it’s my birthday gift for myself, I decided to splurge a little.

It took 4.5 hours all in all to get everything done!  I brought a book (a gift for my birthday) because I know it’s gonna be a long process!  But I only read a few chapters because they played “I-Vice Ganda mo ako sa Araneta!”  It’s so funny but I can’t hear some line because they were blow drying my hair!  I am so happy with the results!  Even the color, I really like.

Here are some photos of the salon!  I love the interior! It’s all white but they used colorful stickers!  I love how they used the leafy stickers and little flowery 2d stickers to add to that cozy feel!  I also love their chandelier!

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Oh!  Maybe you’re asking for the result of my IVL.  See the before and after!  You’ll be amazed!  The Before Photo was taken while Roma, my stylist, was already clipping and dividing my hair into sections.  Roma also gave me a free Bangs Haircut!

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Because of the IVL, my Php50.00 hair cut looked more elegant 

I also want to take note of Jeffrey (I hope I got it right!) I think he’s the Manager there.  He’s very attentive to clients, he’s charming and he’s very hands-on!  All I want in a salon!  I give this salon 10 out of 10!  Good service! Nice people!  I’ll be back, if not sooner, later!

BWL Salon Facebook Page here

Contact Numbers: 6643020 / 0998-4671215

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Voucher Review – Ensogo – Nail Files

When:  April 13, 2013
Where: Nail Files Wilson Greenhills Branch
What:  90-minute ultimate Hand & Foot Package: Foot & Hand Spa + Foot & Hand Scrub + Foot & Hand Reflex + Callus Removal + Mani-Pedi with upgraded polish
Price:  Php 349.00 valued at Php 1,100.00 / savings Php 751.00
Groupon Site: Ensogo / Deal Here
 
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I bought this deal a long time ago, I was still pregnant then.  I needed to pamper my hands and feet, I thought!
 
The baby came and so much has happened, I wasn’t able to find time to use it.  Until the voucher was about to expire, I didn’t have a choice but to fit it in my schedule.  One Saturday night, my loving husband dropped me off at the Greenhills Wilson Branch.  Of course, I made a reservation already.  We all know that deals like these, a reservation is almost as important as the deal itself.
 
The branch was located at 2nd Floor, I got up the stairs, walked a few steps and a small door at the end of the hallway greets you.  When I went in, no one is inside yet.  This is how it looked like.  A cozy and dim place to relax and unwind.
 
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I love their interior, the colors lavender and apple green help you achieve that calm state.  After I gave my voucher, I immediately settled in and took my spot for the night.  So many fluffy pillows to use! Used it to prop my head! Here’s my smiling face.
 
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I waited a few minutes.  Then it was time to start the pampering!  They soaked my feet in the foot spa machine.
 
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While it’s soaking, the Nail Files staff started with the Hand Scrub.  I wasn’t able to take a photo of it.  She scrubbed my hands till the half of my arms.  It was so-so.  Not really as good as it’s supposed to feel like.
After the Hand Scrub is the Hand Reflex, just like the Scrub it wasn’t something explosive.  She just massaged the hands.
 
About this time, there was a family who walked in and everyone chose a Foot Spa Package, except for the little girl about 6 or 7 year old who chose the Kiddie Manicure.  So cute because all four girls were with their dad.  Then, a voucher holder like me came in with her hubby.  The place was jampacked and what’s funny was there were only 3 staff to accommodate and do everyone’s nails! Imagine that!  It was a mess!
 
Fortunately, I was the first one to arrive, so I was the priority.  They do me first in every step of the way.
 
After soaking my feet, it was time for my feet to be scrubbed.  This one’s a little better than the Hand Scrub.  But I felt that the staff is hurrying because there were people waiting.  They covered my feet with a towel after.
 
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Same process with the Hand Scrub, after it was the Foot Reflex.  It was more like a Soft Massage.  
 
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Time for the Mani and Pedi!  They stayed true to their package, it comes with upgraded polish.  You can choose from a variety of colors from different brands like LA Colors, The Face Shop and Orly.  You can also choose from different designs of  nail art.  
 
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I chose a pink hue from the Orly Brand.
 
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I forgot to take a picture of my hands and feet after. But I took a photo now of my feet and the polish is still ok!
 
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As for my hand nail polish, I just removed it yesterday.  But I still love the after effect, no yellow nails even after 2 weeks, no cracked end and my nails still look good even without the polish!
 
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So there, still happy overall!  If you’ll ask me, I’ll definitely go back, but not for the spa package anymore, I’ll just go for their mani pedi combo! Rating’s 8 of 10! See you soon Nail Files!
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Voucher Review – Metrodeal – Mary Pauline Salon

When:  February 1, 2013

Where:  Mary Pauline Salon in Kalentong, Mandaluyong City

What:  Full Hair Color with Treatment, Trim, Wash and Blowdry

Price:  Php 549.00 valued at Php 3,500.00 / savings Php 2,951.00

Groupon Site: Metrodeal / Deal Here

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I had 3 hours worth of salon pampering! I love my new hair, my new hair color – my new look!  This deal is so worth it!

I chose this salon because it’s just a 5 to 10 minute drive from our house.  Being a mom to a 1 and a half month old baby, I couldn’t go somewhere far.  I took the risk of not knowing if the hairstylist was good enough.  All I wanted was to have my hair cut in a new style and have it colored.

I knew that the salon’s newly opened.  We always pass by it when we’re on our way home from Greenhills.  When I called yesterday to make my appointment, the one who answered my call made it easy.  I called up earlier today to change my schedule into a later hour, afraid that I might be scratched off my appointment.  Again, the one who answered didn’t make it hard for me.

I was really excited when I left the house.  I have with my Itouch a picture of the hairstyle I want.  I have in my mind the hair color I want.  When I got to the salon, I was greeted with smiles. The owner was on her way out, but she also gave a sweet smile.  

 I gave my voucher and showed my ID.  After that, I was asked by the senior stylist what color I prefer.  He suggested to mix 2 shades, and I loved how it turned out.  Not so loud blonde, but not so dull brown.  It’s just the right mix.

After choosing my hair color, I showed him the hairstyle I want.  He agreed and he asked one of the staff to shampoo my hair.  He cut my hair slowly and tediously, I’d think.  He made sure that the ends of my hair are cut evenly.  I liked his style actually.  We proceeded with hair color.  Applied the dye in 2 steps.  First, only the “body” of my hair was covered.  Second, he applied all over the hair till the “roots.”  Waited for around an hour for this to finish.  After this, my hair was rinsed, shampooed and applied treatment.  Came with head massage also.  Chit chatted for awhile with the one massaging my hair.  I got back to my seat and my hair was blow dried.  He made the final trimmings and voila! I love my new look!

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I would definitely recommend this salon.  Not only do they have a  nice and clean salon, they also have friendly staff who provides good service.  It’s worth all the moolah you’ll spend. Stars for them? 5 of 5

PS. Had to pay additional Php 100.o0 for the hair cut, because what’s included in the deal was only a trim.  This was agreed upon before we started.  Php 549.00 + Php 100.00 = Php 649.00, the amount is still a steal. 

 

 

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Voucher Review: Ensogo – i-Lash Salon

When: July 2, 2011
Where: i-Lash Salon / The Vanity Room at Quezon City
What: Fine Service Lash Extensions
Price: Php 275.00 valued at Php 550.00 / savings: Php 275.00

Groupon Site: Ensogo / Deal Here

I bought this voucher because I heard from my sister in law that her officemates are fans of eyelash extensions! When I saw this deal on Ensogo, I immediately purchased for myself and for my sis in law!

We haven’t thought yet when to try it out when my MIL talked us into availing it ASAP since my daughter’s party is coming up. A day later! A Sunday. I panickedly called up branches nearest our location, one of which is the Greenhills Branch, only to be told that they are not included in the promo.  We have no choice but to go at the last minute in their Retiro Branch. Without reservations at all!

Good thing the branch was still open, and they accepted us. I think they were about to close already. We were the last 2 clients!

My sis in law went first, so I saw the whole procedure done. The specialist will ask you how long you want your lashes to be. They have 3 sizes. After choosing, you will be asked to lie down. Masking tape will be put under yourlower eyelids. The specialist had a box of lashes, black dye / ink working as the glue and a stick like tool for easy handling.

Eyes are closed while the procedure is being done. It doesn’t hurt at all. You can even sleep!

After glueing the lashes on, your face will face the electric fan! To dry out the glue I suppose!

The whole procedure was an hour, making you really sleepy. But you cannot sleep because you want to see the results already! Talk about being excited! Haha!

After the procedure, when you look in the mirror, you can really see the difference! Too bad I wasn’t able to take a before and after picture! I love the lashes till it fell one by one! It looked natural! I got so many compliments when I had the lashes on! I am thinking of having it done again! Soon I hope!

Now, let’s talk about the downside, you cannot wet the lashes as often as you would want to. The lifetime of the lashes depends on the glue.  If it gets wet often, tendency is it will be washed away! For example, if the right eye gets wet often than the left eye, the result will be, right eye has thinner or no lash extensions and left eye has thicker or more lash extensions!

Also, the lashes are a little stiff, when it touches your skin, it feels you really have something in your eyes.

Oh well, with beauty comes sacrifice!

5 out of 5 stars – for the reason that I got super duper many compliments!

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Voucher Review: Ensogo – ChillSPAce Nails Spa & Coolers

When: July 2, 2011
Where: ChillSPAce Nails Spa & Coolers at Quezon City
What: ChillSPAce Package inclusive of Manicure, Pedicure, Hand Spa & Foot Spa and 30-minute Hand & Foot Reflex Price: Php 360.00 valued at Php 900.00 / savings: Php 540.00

Groupon Site: Ensogo / Deal Here

 

 This is the ChillSPAce Nails Spa & Coolers Logo! I love this version! Looks really cool!

It was a quaint little corner in a condo along E Rodriguez Ave in Quezon City.

It was a little bit hard to find because their signage wasn’t outside their building! Instead, it was in the building next to them. We were dropped by my husband in that next building, so me and my mother in law had to walk under the scorching sun to go to the “right” building where ChillSPAce is really located. And we had to ask the guards also where it was because on that “right” building was a driveway.  Yun pala, you have to walk a little bit more to see the cute spa!

When we got inside, we were greeted by the receptionist warmly.  However, since it was a Saturday, they can’t accommodate us yet! We waited for 2 hours to have our nails done! Take note! We had a reservation!!!

While waiting, we tried the coolers, Taro for me and Green Tea for my MIL! Yummyness!

 Since there wasn’t anything to do, I checked their Menu!

I love how there is the word CHILL in the names of the treatments!

Our package was a combination of their treatments.

After hours of waiting, we finally got our seats inside!

My MIL took the leftmost seat, and I took the seat next to her, which is the color RED! I love RED!

I love the interior of the ChillSPAce spa. The seats are comfortable. The wall mural adds oomph to the spa!

There are clean magazines to read while having your nails done too!

After being seated, our feet were immediately soaked in the footspa machine. Bubbles up and the foot scrub begins! My feet felt very very clean after! They looked so white! And you can see all the dead skin on the towel! Good bye dead skin cells!

While I am having my foot scrub, somebody else was also doing my hand. Talk about service! But the hand spa wasn’t as good as the foot spa! Maybe because our hands’ skin’s softer compared to our feet’s skin! After the hand and foot spa, manicure and pedicure began! I love the glittery blue color. It made my skin whiter! And the polish wasn’t like other polish that’s easy to break and chip off!

After the manicure and pedicure, the hand and foot reflex began. It felt so good! Because not only my hands were massaged, my whole arms were massaged too! I even felt sleepy for a while there! It was the same for the foot reflex! My muscles went a little tingly from the pressure! In a good way!

My experience with ChillSPAce Nails Spa & Coolers was memorable and amazing!

If not for the super LONG waiting time, I would have given it a perfect score! But it still gets 4.5 out of 5 stars!

I will definitely go back! See you then!

Photos from ChillSPAce Facebook Page.

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