Do You Need to Clean Up Your Beauty Act?

Fresh nails, on point hair and that hot, new lip color. These are all things I adore! The invigorating scents, the fun ways to explore expressing myself through makeup and having fun “playing” with products are just a few of the reasons I love trying new cosmetics and personal products. But, when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer twice in two years, I discovered that environmental factors could be contributing to her illness, which included the chemicals we are all exposed to every day through our products.

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Here’s What Happened When I Tested ActuallyOrganic Argan Oil for 7 Days

When Hollywood goddesses Charlize Theron, Angelina Jolie, and Catherine Zeta-Jones raved about argan oil years ago, it immediately became a top trending beauty product worldwide. The demand was so massive that argan oil became a billion-dollar industry, and still rising. Turns out, there’s more to argan oil than cosmetic hype.

Argan oil is extracted from the seeds of argan tree, which can only be found in southwest Morocco. Traditionally, Moroccans use the oil – or “liquid gold” as it is sometimes called – as salad dressing and bread dip, as well as topical treatment for skin diseases.

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Bite Beauty #TheMatteCremeLip Crayon Review

Nothing makes me more excited than getting stuff in the mail. It’s been a crazy, roller coaster month, but receiving the Bite Beauty #TheMatteCremeLip VoxBox from Influenster made it all bearable. Now I have new makeup to add to my stash and a new review to share to all of you! Like my Armani Beauty eye tints and Eccentrico mascara, these Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayons were sent to me complimentary by Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.

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Louis Vuitton Launches First Perfume Collection

A couple of weeks ago, I finally reached the peak of cabin fever. When I was living in Manila I was always out and about so I’m not used to being stuck at home 7 days a week. Fortunately while lurking the interwebs, I met Cristina, a fellow Filipina whose parents are coincidentally from Bicol–my hometown. Because of that and our mutual admiration for a Filipina celebrity, we clicked right away and she invited me to Louis Vuitton’s perfume collection launch.

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Fall Eye Makeup with Giorgio Armani Eye Tint & Eccentrico Mascara

Waking up to this box of #ArmaniBeauty goodies is probably the most exciting thing that happened to me last month. I’ve been a long-time member of Influenster but I never got a single VoxBox until I moved to the US. Influenster is an online community of social media influencers that provides honest reviews on brands and products. Qualifying influencers like me get to receive a free VoxBox containing anything from makeup, skincare, and even household products. We are not paid to do these reviews so you can be sure that we are offering honest opinions on the products that we test.

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Summer is about to end and it’s the perfect time to plan those OOTDs and LOTDs for Fall. Using the #ArmaniBeauty Eye Tints and Eccentrico Mascara from Giorgio Armani, I created a simple brown smokey eye makeup that’s perfect from day to night. Below are the swatches of the 3 eye tints given to me.

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Shades of Red: NYX Cosmetics Review

A couple of days before I left the Philippines, I received a bag of goodies from NYX Philippines. It couldn’t come at a better time because I wanted to have new makeup for “the big move”. You know when you’re entering a new chapter in your life and you want everything to be fresh and new? That’s what’s happening to me. Aside from that, I love NYX! I’ve been slowly transitioning to environmentally friendly cosmetics and NYX is a perfect start–it’s certified cruelty-free according to PETA. Anyway, the package that I got contained a tinted moisturizer, highlighter, blotting paper, and three lip colors. Continue reading if you wanna know how they look when applied!

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#LuxNights with Solenn Heussaff

I love being a woman at this point in our history because there’s no limit to what we can achieve. We can vote, dress however we want, and get careers that fit our skills. I know we still have a long way to go, but looking back I can’t help but feel proud of the progress we’ve made.

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Balancing our career with our personal life can be quite exhausting sometimes though. That is why it is important for us women to take a breather once in a while. Otherwise, we’d turn into a monster, especially if you are a moody person like me lol. Sometimes, getting a much-needed pampering after all that hard work is just what we need to calm our nerves. You don’t even have to go that far–you can turn your bathroom into a relaxing sanctuary by stocking on scented candles and bath essentials, like LUX.

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Last week, I was invited by LUX Philippines to join them for a night with Solenn Heussaff. I haven’t seen her in person but I am a fan of her art so I couldn’t say no. Plus, LUX was launching Solenn’s online film, which demonstrates how busy women can bathe with perfume by using LUX’s line of body wash.

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The collection is composed of four scents–White Impress, Magical Spell, Soft Touch, and Love Forever. During the interview, Solenn and another guest, international model Kelsey Merritt, revealed they love Magical  Spell. The great thing about this line is that it has something for every mood. Maybe I was feeling girly that day that’s why I prefer Soft Touch.

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Bathing with LUX is very easy to do. After choosing your preferred scent, you can indulge by following this ritual:

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With the new LUX Perfumed Bath Collection, every busy day will now be celebrated with an indulgent #LUXnight that every woman deserves. Check out Solenn’s film here:

Try new LUX Perfumed Body Wash 100ml for PHP55 (SRP) and LUX Perfumed Bar Soap 110g for PHP39 (SRP.)

To learn more about #LUXnights, visit www.houseoflux.com.ph.

Natural Looks, Famed for Fragrance, Has Arrived in the Philippines

Happy new year, everyone! 2015 has gone and now we’re welcoming another. Many of you have probably completed your New Year’s resolutions or are already working on them. I, on the other hand, do not have any. I’m so bad at fulfilling promises so I just make sure I’m making the best life decisions as I go along. However, one thing that’s always on top of my priorities is body care. In my quest for good skin, I spend a good amount of money on beauty products and I’m not scared to try new ones. Two weeks ago, I was invited by Natural Looks, a company famed for its fragrance line, to their grand opening in SM North EDSA with KC Concepcion as main guest.

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And what a beautiful woman she is. With her natural beauty and elegance, I think she’s the perfect ambassador for the brand. I said “Hi!” to her twice–which was quite creepy if you think about it–and couldn’t muster the courage to approach and ask her about the brand.  She’s very gracious to the others though. Oh well, good thing there are a lot of wonderful information about Natural Looks to write about.

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Achievement Unlocked

A few days ago, I was notified by a journalist from the New York Times and Rebateszone that my blog is part of the annual top 50 beauty blogs around the world. Yay! I know I haven’t been posting a lot lately due to personal issues but I’m glad someone thinks my blog is still worth a visit. Skincare has always been a favorite topic of mine, as many of you know, and apparently 89% of beauty bloggers. Although I initially planned this website to be more style-centric, it seems more people are drawn to my beauty-related posts.

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I made it at 35! I see some other bloggers from the Philippines as well and I’m really happy for them. Here’s to hoping I and the others would advance next year. My 2015 has been kind of meh, but I’m truly positive that 2016 will be good to me. How about you? How was your year?

Brighter, Healthier Smiles with Oral-B Cross-Action Pro-Health

Since entering the corporate world more than five years ago, my coffee-drinking habit has probably worsened. Before, I can function without caffeine in my veins but now I can’t even start working without taking a sip. I can’t say I’m addicted to coffee, I just like the warm feeling in my stomach. When I was younger, my mom and I would enjoy one cup before going to bed. It just feels so gooood. Unfortunately, all that caffeine consumption has left stains on my teeth, causing discoloration.

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Aside from the stains, recently I have noticed soft buildup around my teeth, especially the back ones (yuck!). It was pretty alarming because I never had those since becoming more conscious about personal hygiene. Apparently, my current toothbrush isn’t doing the job. I never really took advertisements seriously until recently. I figured I needed something that can clean hard-to-reach areas, including those tricky corners around the teeth. Then, I discovered Oral-B Cross-Action Pro-Health a few days ago. It has criss-cross bristles so I thought this might be just the thing I need. I’ve been using it for a week now and I already noticed some changes. My teeth looked squeaky clean and less yellowish. The buildup around my teeth lessened as well.

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Do the L’Oréal #ExcellenceFashion Challenge

Growing up in the province, I used to help my parents and relatives color their hair. I loved drawing as a kid and I would always pretend that I’m painting on a canvas. Surprisingly though, I never tried doing it on my own hair until recently. L’Oréal Paris PH sent me a bunch of their new Excellence Fashion hair coloring kit to try out. Since it’s my first time, I relied heavily on the instructions manual and chose a shade that’s close to my hair color. Incidentally my hair was in dire need of retouching so this challenge was just perfect.

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Prep Work

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Before doing anything to your hair, ALWAYS do a skin test first. Some people can be hypersensitive to chemicals so it’s a must that you do not skip this process. It is recommended that you do the test 48 hours prior to application. All you have to do is take a cotton-bud and apply a small quantity of unmixed Protective Cream Colorant behind your ear. Cover an area of about 1-2 cm2 and leave for 48 hours without washing, covering, or touching. If there is no abnormal reaction (itching, redness, or swelling), then it’s safe for you to use the product. Otherwise, wash immediately and refrain from using the product.

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Now since I didn’t develop any allergic reaction from the test, I proceeded with the first step—which is the Pre-Color Care. Each box of L’Oréal Excellence Fashion contains a Protective Pre-Serum to protect your hair from damage. Please note that if your hair has not been colored for 3 months or at all, the serum and hair colorants should be applied on dry hair. Apply the serum from roots to tips. Each box is good for short to shoulder-length hair so if you have long hair like me use 2-3 boxes. Leave it in while you color.

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The box contains gloves so make sure you wear them before mixing the colorants. The next step is to pour the Creme Colorant into the Developer bottle. Put the applicator cap back, then shake the mixture vigorously. Afterwards, twist off the tip of the applicator cap to prevent the bottle from bursting and overflowing. Before applying the color mixture, make sure to cover your shoulders with a towel to protect your clothing. However for aesthetic purposes I didn’t do it, so I ended up looking like a hobo afterwards. My white tank top had lots of browns splattered across my chest and back–not a good idea haha! So once you’ve done that, apply the color mixture to your roots. Part your hair into small, even sections using the applicator tip or a fine-toothed comb for an even color.

Lastly, spread the mixture by massaging it all through your hair until fully saturated. Let it stay for at least 30 minutes. If you have coarse and lots of grey hair, leave the mixture for 5-10 minutes more. Be sure to dispose of the color mix properly—pour the contents down the drain and throw away the empty bottles. Doing so prevents the bottle from bursting and causing damage.

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When rinsing, use warm water. Massage your head gently while washing off the color. When the water runs clear, you can now apply the Protective Conditioner all over your hair. Leave it for 2 minutes then rinse thoroughly. The Protective Conditioner helps protect your new hair color and its natural shine, leaving your hair silky soft afterwards. You can also keep the conditioner for the next time you color. As for me, I use it every day after each bath.

I was kinda getting bored with my long hair so right after I was done coloring, I went straight to the salon and had my hair chopped. And this is the final outcome:

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Do you like it? I know there’s not much of a difference but at least the hair color looks more even now. I do not look like I’m sporting a fake ombre anymore. Haha! Now that I’ve done the challenge, I’m passing it on to you my dear readers:

Do the #ExcellenceFashion challenge and document your process on your own blog and Instagram account. Comment the links to your posts below and tag me @dafnyduck on Intagram. I will be choosing the top 3 entries and L’Oréal Paris PH will send winners special prizes. We are excited to see your before-and-after looks, so color away! <3

Nu Skin Philippines ageLOC Expo: A New, Beautiful You Awaits

Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and wished that you won’t age? I do, sometimes. Being young has a lot of benefits, otherwise we won’t have a bevy of anti-aging products lined up in department stores. There’d be also no need for makeup. Unfortunately, we do not live in Utopia. Each day, our cells age, causing fine lines and other unsightly skin conditions to appear. This is further exacerbated by pollution, poor lifestyle, and unhealthy eating habits. This is why skin care companies keep on creating products that help slow down the aging process.

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Last week, I was invited by Nu Skin Philippines to check out their ageLOC Expo in Ortigas. You might remember that I once did a review of their facial scrub and toner in 2011, and I loved those products. During that time, Nu Skin is a pretty young direct selling company so supplies were scarce, prompting me to use other cleansers when the ones I had ran out. Unlike other direct selling companies operating in the country, Nu Skin focuses on health and wellness. They regularly collaborate with more than 75 scientists in order to come up with effective products.

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Recently, Nu Skin has introduced their newest line of products. Called ageLOC Transformation, this complete skin care system cleanses, purifies, renews, moisturizes, and reveals younger looking skin in eight ways. The lineup is composed of the ageLOC Gentle Cleanse & Tone, ageLOC Radiant Day SPF 22, ageLOC Future Serum, and ageLOC Transforming Night, which I was able to test. I must say I was really impressed with their Cleanse & Tone product. The staff told me that it is water-based, which means you do not have to wash your face with water when using it. Yes, it’s that convenient!

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Aside from the Transformation system, I also got to try their ageLOC Edition Galvanic Spa System II. Nu Skin also carries the ageLOC Galvanic Body Spa and the Tru Face products. The Galvanic Spa System is an at-home spa that is small, smart and powerful. Since every part of our body is different, the device features different application settings for the face, scalp, and body. It has patented self-adjusting currents and interchangeable conductors to enable the user to alter the settings. For best results and optimal performance, Nu Skin highly recommends that you use their specially formulated products with the device to facilitate the transport of the products’ key ingredients to your skin. The ageLOC Galvanic Spa Facial Gels helps remove impurities, restoring the skin’s natural vibrancy. After experiencing the Galvanic Spa System, my skin has never felt so rejuvenated and supple. Results, however, may vary so the staff told me that they recommend using Galvanic Spa twice a week.

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Me trying out the ageLOC Edition Galvanic Spa System II

On the other hand, the Tru Face Line Corrector helps smoothen fine lines and wrinkles. The Galvanic Spa Body Shaping Gel helps reduce the appearance of cellulite, and the Nutriol Hair Fitness Treatment promotes healthy, abundant-looking hair. I felt I was in a real spa when I tested the products. As expected, they were gentle on the skin and smelled really good.

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After the “royal” treatment, I proceeded to the main hall and did more tests. This time I wanted to know my body age as well as the number of skin caratenoids in my body. Apparently, I am a very unhealthy woman based on the results, which means I have to take my vitamins and supplements seriously. Haha! It was quite depressing, but the bright side is I now know what to do to improve my health.

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If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with Nu Skin Philippines by following them on Facebook (/nuskinpils) and Twitter (@nuskinph) or visit www.nuskin.com.ph. Have you tried any of their products? Share your experience in the comments section below! 🙂

 

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Asian Secrets Lulur Indonesian Whitening Scrub Review

It’s been a while since I posted a skin care/beauty review so yay! One thing I love about my facial skin is that it’s not hypersensitive. I can use one kind of facial wash today, and a different one tomorrow without causing stress on my face. Of course I don’t do that on a normal basis, but for more than 10 years since I became aware of cleansers I’ve probably tried about five or seven brands already—all of which worked fine on me. Just a few days ago, I’ve been trying a new facial and body scrub from Asian Secrets. I always see them in department stores but I never got to try them until recently.

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What is Lulur?

The Lulur is a 300-year-old whitening ritual experienced by brides-to-be 40 days before their wedding. They are treated with the Lulur to give them softer, smoother, and fairer skin before the big day. This tradition was then passed on through generations, and is now enjoyed by both men and women. To complete Asian Secrets’ line of whitening products, they introduced the Lulur facial scrub.

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Facial Scrub

The facial scrub is contained in a pink + white bottle. When you squeeze the contents out, you wont see any spherical beads like other facial scrubs. Although the Lulur scrub does have beads, it’s a lot smaller. According to Asian Secrets, this is to ensure that they gently and effectively remove dead skin cells, revealing a healthier and brighter skin. It smells great, by the way, and not very foamy when used. When I’m using it, I usually just put a pea-sized amount on my palm or fingertips and apply the product on my *dry* face. Then all you have to do is to gently massage your face in a circular motion to completely remove your skin of impurities. Then rinse. Asian Secrets recommends that the Lulur scrub be used every two days, since exfoliating everyday can damage your skin. I use a mild facial wash instead in between scrubbing.

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That’s me with no makeup on. On the left is a picture of me before taking a bath. Lol I’m serious, just to show you guys if there’s any difference at all. The picture on the right is after I used the Lulur facial scrub. Do you see any difference? I think my face brightened up a bit. Of course, there’s no major difference since this was taken when I first used the product. Hopefully I can update this post in the future. After cleansing the skin, please do not forget to tone and moisturize. Sometimes facial scrubs can dry out the face so it’s important that you moisturize. With this product though, I have to say that it didn’t dry out my face like other scrubs do.

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Like the facial scrub, the Asian Secrets Indonesian Whitening Body Scrub is made of fine spherical beads combined with a cream-like substance (I honestly don’t know what to call it. Haha!). It comes in three variants–Grean Tea, Licorice, and Seaweed. Each tub smells differently but produces the same result. I loved Licorice though–it reminded me so much of bath soap, ang fresh! Below is a photo of how each variant looks like:

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Not much difference. The instructions specifically says that you should use it before taking a shower, when your skin is still dry. I guess because dead skin cells are easier to remove that way? Not sure, but that’s how it’s done. The Asian Secrets body scrubs, according to them, helps even out your skin tone especially the problem areas, which are usually the knees, elbows, armpits, and inner thighs. I can’t show you my singit (because why should I haha!) but below is a photo to show you if it really works.

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Please note that this was the first time I used the product, so I had to test it first using the back of my hand. ALWAYS perform a skin test if it’s your first time. The right photo shows the “after application”. You can’t really see it in the photo but my forearm felt really smooth and soft afterwards. It didn’t feel itchy also, which is my skin’s usual reaction to harsh body scrubs. Like the face, apply lotion on the skin to prevent it from becoming dry. Since it’s my first time using the product, you can’t see any change in skin color yet, but I will let you know when it does. 🙂

Have you ever tried Asian Secrets? Don’t hesitate to share your experience in the comments section below! 🙂

 

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DISCLAIMER:

This is not a sponsored post. I did not receive any monetary compensation to publish this review. For more information about the products used in this post, please visit Asian Secrets Whitening Spa’s Facebook page.

ACHDB: Top Global Hairdressing & Beauty School Opens in Manila

????????????As someone who used to model for makeup artists, it made me curious where they got all the training they needed to become professional makeup artists and hairdressers. I wasn’t aware they go to “beauty schools” and attend workshops to learn. Back home, no one was organizing workshops where ordinary girls like me can learn how to properly use our makeup kits. Everything was trial-and-error, or whatever the parlor-ista thinks looks good on us. But despite the many so-called beauty schools that mushroomed in Manila, none of them could actually provide a certificate that would enable makeup artists to work abroad, or even demand higher pay. Many of them would still fly overseas just to get that certification, but how about those who cannot afford to get their certifications abroad? Since there’s no college in the country that could provide makeup and hair dressing degrees, no one is taking beauty professionals seriously, hence the measly wages.

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The opening of the Australian College of Hair Design and Beauty (ACHDB) Manila gives those aspiring to be professionals in the booming beauty industry the chance to earn world class degrees without having to enroll in schools abroad.

Joscelyn Langdon, the brainchild of Australian College of Hair Design and Beauty (ACHDB), is well aware of this. Committed to professionalize the beauty industry through education and science-based training here in the Philippines, she opened ACHDB Manila to give aspiring beauty professionals the chance to earn internationally recognized degrees and certification without having to enroll abroad. ACHDB first opened in the late 1980s in Victoria, Australia. Considered as the industry leader in beauty-related education, ACHDB is one of the largest colleges in Australia with six campuses across the continent, the biggest of which is in Melbourne. Her unwavering passion prompted her to open ACHDB in the Asia Pacific region, initially in Hong Kong and now, the Philippines.

How is ACHDB Manila different from all the other beauty schools in the country?

ACHDB Manila is the first and currently the only college with an internationally recognized license to provide hair dressing and makeup education in the Philippines. The curriculum is based on the local and global standards set by the Australian Qualifications Framework, the national policy for regulated qualifications in the Australian education and training system, as well as the Philippines’ K to 12 Basic Education program. Therefore, once you’ve completed your course, you are immediately certified to work not just in the Philippines but also overseas.

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Australian College of Hair Design and Beauty (ACHDB) Manila’s Principal/Marketing and Sales Head, Jaclyn Cayetano & Managing Director, Kenneth Asuncion

The Curriculum

The course curriculum features 75% hands-on practical training and 25% theory-based learning. The school has their own virtual salon, where students are expected to do all their practical exercises and exams. This provides them firsthand experience of the actual activities in their soon-to-be workplace. To facilitate learning effectively, ACHDB strictly adheres to the 16 students to 1 teacher ratio. The faculty is composed of hair dressing instructor Marvin Eustaquio, makeup artistry instructors Mitch Elendu and Faye Young, and lead instructor Cecille Rebollos.

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From left: Hair Dressing Instructor Marvin Eustaquio, Makeup Artistry Instructors Mitch Elendu & Faye Young, & Lead Instructor Cecille Rebollos

ACHDB Manila offers flexible learning programs to suit students’ various interests, needs, and lifestyles. The learning programs are:

Diploma or Accredited Hair Dressing Courses and Make-up Courses – a full 9-month program of intensive learning, training, and real salon work experience

“Build Your Own Program” – allows busy individuals to take a diploma or an accredited course by enrolling with minimum course units depending on their available schedule and finish their program at their own pace

“Manila to Melbourne Program” – where students can begin their training in Manila and culminate their studies in Melbourne and potentially find work opportunities thereafter

Recognition to Prior Learning (RPL) – specially offered to experienced hair and make-up practitioners but wish to gain a diploma or accreditation, whereby their skills and competencies will be evaluated by the school and in accordance with its qualification standards (all you have to do is pay the RPL fee to be evaluated)

Short Courses – including but not limited to Avante Garde Creative Cutting; Colour and Fashion Foiling; Basic to Bridal Elite Make-up; as well as Film, Theatre, TV and Specialized Make-up

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ACHDB is the best training ground in the country for individuals who wish to hone their talents and carve their niche in the beauty industry. Just imagine the exciting career opportunities that await you after you’ve gained that coveted diploma! For questions and enrollment inquiries, visit ACHDB Manila at Unit 301 Fox Square Bldg. 53 Connecticut St. North East, Greenhills San Juan City, Metro Manila or check out achdbmanila.com. You can also call Jaclyn Cayetano at (02) 507-8591 or send an email to jaclyn.cayetano@achdbmanila.com 🙂

#IXUSStyleSelfie with Canon

The earliest known photograph was captured in early 1800s. Us millennials think we owned the ‘selfie’ trend, but our forefathers actually beat us to it. It was them who demanded for portraiture in the 1830s, which lead to mass production of the daguerreotype—paving the way for further development of photography. Cameras back then were huge, and we’re quite lucky that we are living in an era where everything is just the size of our palms.

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And I’m quite thankful to companies like Canon for producing cameras that are not only high quality but also ergonomic. I have really small hands and it’s very difficult for me to use DSLRs that are twice the size of my hands. However with the Canon IXUS 265 HS, capturing moments and portraits has become so much easier. This camera has an Image Stabilizer and Intelligent IS preventing photos from looking blurry. It’s also light on the hands (a major plus for me) enabling my fingers to easily position it and click the capture button. If you like taking ‘selfies’, I’m certain you would appreciate IXUS 265.

You guys know that I’m not currently allowed to bring heavy backpacks. This camera is so small, it doesn’t take much space in my already tiny shoulder bag. I brought it in a restaurant a couple of days ago; also took a photo in the office yesterday:

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One of the problems I often encounter when using cameras is how to set them up. Talk to me about exposure and aperture and I would immediately explode. I have difficulty absorbing technical information, I just rely on instinct (and luck) when taking pictures. And most of the time, most of my photos especially the indoor ones would end up either blurred or so gloomy that even Photoshop cannot repair them. So while I was checking out the features of the camera yesterday at my favorite steakhouse I took a few shots to test its indoor, lowlight capabilities and these are the results:

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Apparently, the Canon IXUS 265 HS has a Smart Auto feature that allows amateurs (like me) to just point and shoot and not worry about the settings. My pictures turned out to be really clear and un-pixelated even though the place was not well lit.

Having a camera that captures moments clearly is important for me as a blogger. When people visit blogs, they expect that posts contain well-taken photos. I’m not the best blogger out there but here are a few things I do in capturing the best portraits:

1. When I take selfies, I make sure I look good but not too made up. I just want to look fresh and clean, like I just woke up. I put on some translucent powder and my baby pink blush and lipstick and I’m good to go.

2. Next, I check which side of my face is my best angle. I like showing my full smile so most of my photos are taken from the front.
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3. And lastly, I find a well-lit place. In this case, it’s my kitchen and I snap away with my camera! Make sure you use a quality camera like Canon IXUS 265 — it comes with a selfiepod too!
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Don’t forget to have fun with your camera!

Thank you Canon for giving me the perfect selfie companion, Canon IXUS 265!

Feminine Hygiene 101

Perhaps one of the most avoided topics women are so ‘careful’ of talking about is feminine hygiene. No wonder a lot of people are misinformed. It is only through dialogues and right research we get to learn things, so why be ashamed?

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That’s why I’m usually thankful when I’m invited to events that raise awareness about body care. A few days ago, I was invited by ADP Pharma Corporation to the naFlora Feminine Wash event. An Ob-Gyne was invited to talk to us regarding some myths and questions about feminine care that we dare not ask our friends. Through her, I learned that the secretions females experience–when clear–are perfectly normal and that it’s actually the body’s way of maintaining the V’s normal pH. However, as we grow older the pH level changes and using just a single kind of feminine wash for all stages of womanhood can actually do more harm than good. Irritation can occur, especially if you’re fond of wearing tight-fitting clothes.

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To cater to these changes, ADP Pharma Corporation has formulated 3 variants of naFlora feminine wash specifically for everyday use, postpartum care, and menopausal women. These variants are named the following:
1. naFlora protect – This variant has a pH level of 3.5 to 4.5 that is perfect for everyday use and those having their period. naFlora protect contains lactic acid and tea tree extract that prevent vaginal irritations. Girls in their puberty stage/teens do not produce much lactic acid so this is perfect.
2. naFlora restore – Women who have delivered their little bundle of joys would often experience pain and swelling in the area down there, which could lead to infection. naFlora restore prevents this by bringing back the natural acidic environment and help relieve irritation usually experienced during vaginal infections.
3. naFlora moisture – Last but not the least, ADP is the only company that offers a wash for menopause. It contains lactic acid, chamomile extract and additional moisturizers that help soothe and protect the feminine area against dryness and irritation. It has a pH level of 6.o to 7.5. This particular product is endorsed by Ms. Boots Anson-Roa.

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During the event, the Ob-Gyne debunked an old myth that menstrual blood is dirty. I was quite surprised with this revelation as I grew up believing that myth. However, according to her, our period can cause the natural flora to be less acidic, making it prone to bad bacteria and infection. I decided to use naFlora protect during my period to see how my body would react to it. True to its promise, the product is very mild and I never felt uneasy after use, which is my body’s usual reaction whenever I use products it doesn’t like.

Tip: Sanitary napkins should be changed every 2 hours; pantyliners every 4 hours.

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After the informative talk, I and the rest of the bloggers were treated to snacks and a mani-pedi. While having ourselves pampered, we had a game and I won a gift certificate! Yipee! I’m not the luckiest person when it comes to contests so I was really surprised when they called my name. Such a happy day! Thank you, naFlora and ADP!  🙂

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You can find naFlora feminine wash and its variants in all Mercury Drugstores nationwide. If you have inquiries regarding the product/s, do not hesitate to contact them by email: naflorafemwash(at)gmail(dot)com or naflorafemwash(at)yahoo(dot)com 🙂

Fiber Up!

For months, I had struggled with my weight that it had caused so many problems for me and my body. Last year until summer this year I weighed 56 to 54 kilograms and soon after that I began to experience back problems. According to the JD Robinson formula, my ideal weight is around 49 kg. Although 54 kg is still well within my recommended BMI, my body is apparently incapable of handling too much weight.

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This was me with my boyfriend last year. Actually, he’s the reason why I gained so much weight haha! That’s what love can do I guess. Lol (Feb 2013 – 56 kg)

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And this was me in January of this year. I probably weighed around 54 kg here.

I am a working girl, student, and blogger, which leaves me no time to go to the gym to exercise or even cook my own meal. I guess this is the problem most of us Manila girls struggle with. Just traveling to the nearest gym would take me 30 minutes to an hour (due to heavy traffic mainly), and I could already use that amount of time for so many things, like sleeping. Haha I kid! But when I was literally paralyzed for a week last summer, I knew I had to change my habits and start losing the extra pounds, or else suffer from back pains and paralysis for a much longer period. And I’m telling you, it’s not fun at all.

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Lately I’ve been trying out efficient ways to lose weight. My daily exercise consists of 50 squats a day and 30 pushups, which I do during breaks at work and a tablespoon of Psyllium fiber in my daily water drink, 30 minutes before breakfast. Doing so prevents me from overeating and helps digestion.

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This photo was taken just a few weeks ago. This is how I look sometimes haha! There are days I love pigging out which automatically adds 1-2 kg on my current weight. During good days, I would weigh around 48-49 kg, but this week my weight has been 50-51 kg due to the many dates with friends I’ve been going to these past days. But don’t you think it’s a massive improvement considering that I successfully lost 5kg?

 

MEGAFIBER is available in jars and sachets at Mercury Drug stores nationwide

There are several Psyllium fiber food supplements in the country, but I use Megafiber because it is cholesterol-free, yeast-free and gluten-free.

Megafiber is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Anyone suffering from diarrhea, constipation, or just simply watching their food intake can use Megafiber. It assists in regulating the digestive system and ensures regular bowel movement by cleaning out the digestive system and eliminating waste from the colon and intestines, which in  turn provides relief to those suffering from constipation or to those trying to lose the unnecessary. According to the product label, when it absorbs liquids, it forms a slippery film and swells by 8 to 14 times its normal weight and forms a soft, bulky mass that passes quickly and easily through the colon and acts like a sponge in the intestinal tract. It also helps stimulate the reflex needed for the bowels to empty.

Additionally, Megafiber binds with cholesterol secreted in bile acids and excretes it before it is absorbed into the blood stream, which helps reduce cholesterol and correspondingly, the risk of heart disease. At the same time, it provides a feeling of fullness which in turn helps reduce hunger pangs, and lessens the tendency to overeat, leading to weight loss as Megafiber also assists in capturing then excreting the fats in our food. [source]

Please take note that Megafiber is suitable for adults and children, but NOT infants.

Megafiber is available in all Mercury Drug stores nationwide, and comes in different sizes: 7.5g sachets at P10.75 each, travel pack of 30 sachets at P325, and in 300g jars at P430. It is also offered in half-kilo family size packs at P705. All inquiries regarding the product can be directed to the installed customer service hotlines 524-6549, 354-2208 to 09 and 09474890262. You can also visit the website (www.megafiber.com.ph) and Facebook page, or email info(at)megafiber(dot)com(dot)ph.

With the help of Psyllium fiber, diet, and exercise, I began to lose weight at a healthy rate and the back pain–although still present–is now tolerable. Hopefully I can continue this regimen until after I reach my goal weight. Wish me luck! 🙂

Take Me to The Brow Studio

Perhaps one of the most important parts of our face is the eyebrows. They frame our face and can make us look young or old, depending on the shape. So, it is a must that we groom them properly. Unfortunately a lot of us do not know how to do it that we sometimes tend to get tweezer-happy. We have to be very careful with overplucking our brows because it can cause them not to grow again.

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I was born with thick, black brows. While I never had any difficulty shaping them since they looked fine as they are, my main problem is they can get pretty bushy if not maintained. When this happens, I let professionals do it for me. So when a friend of mine invited me to try out The Brow Studio’s services at the SM North The Block branch, I agreed without hesitation.

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When I got there, I was greeted by the lovely interiors. Yellow and violet are two of my favorite colors–they remind me so much of ice cream hehe (mango + ube, anyone?). I’ve always been curious how threading works so while waiting, I watched some of the staff do it on a few bloggers.

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The Brow Studio is owned by Kristine Rochelle “Teng” Tobillo (pictured above), who opened her first branch in Eastwood on November 10, 2010. The Brow Studio now has 10 branches nationwide. It is the first FIlipino specialty salon to cater to eyebrow grooming needs, according to Ms. Teng. She sat with us to discuss some tidbits about her salon and what makes her salon different from the others–one of which is the Brow Rx. It was fascinating to me because I have visited several salons that offer eyebrow threading services and they do not have this.

Discussing the Brow RX

Before the threading process, the skilled staff at The Brow Studio would assess what eyebrow shape is suitable for the client’s facial structure and features. Afterwards, they would show the client’s perfect brow and which one needs rehabilitation. Fortunately, my brows did not need much shaping because apparently, according to one of the staff, I’ve shapen them correctly already. Yay for me! The only things they needed to fix are the small stray hairs and the point where my brows should begin, so yeah–threading time!

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Did I mention that The Brow Studio only uses 100% imported anti-bacterial cotton thread? Also they would always check up on the clients to see if the pain is manageable. Luckily for me, I’m quite used to waxing and threading so the pain was tolerable.

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See the difference? My brows are now more defined and less ‘sabog’. It felt like my whole face lit up after the procedure. What do you think? Afterwards, the staff showed me how to care for my eyebrows and which side I should maintain using the Brow Rx.

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Thank you, Tin! She advised me not to wet the threaded area for at least 4 hours after the procedure. It’s easy to see growing hair after so it’s best to pluck them to maintain the shape.

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We also had a small chat with Ms. Teng after the event. I was really curious about the yellow stick she held out earlier so she told us more about it. Seeing that her customers’ main complaint is their thin brows, Ms. Teng decided to create this product called Brow Vitamins that help grow thicker brows.

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While I do not need it, my relatives and friends have genetically thin brows and they always had to use pencils to make them look thicker. I’ve seen so many hair-grower products but some of them don’t seem to really work. However, Ms. Teng’s customers at The Brow Studio swore to the effectiveness of the product. She even showed us before and after pictures that her clients posted on Facebook! You can get the Brow Vitamins for only P425.

If you are interested to try their service, here is menu:

Brow Studio Menu

They also offer tattoo, waxing, and IPL services. Afford na afford, yes? And here’s a list of branches you can go to if you need a quick eyebrow fix:

 

Eastwood City 2nd Floor Eastwood Citywalk 2,Brgy. Bagumbayan, Quezon City 0922-818482902-3413356
SM Megamall 5th Floor Bldg. A, SM Megamall, Brgy, Wack-Wack, Mandaluyong City 0922-887588302-7184796
SM City Manila(Franchise) 5th Floor, SM City Manila 02-3847258
SM City Lanang Premiere Lower Ground floor, SM Lanang Premiere, Davao City 0932-8839044(082) 3210754
SM City Baguio 3rd Floor, SM City Baguio,Luneta Hill, Baguio City 0932-8834055
Shopwise Araneta Cubao 2nd Floor Bridgeway, Shopwise Araneta, Araneta Center, Cubao, QC 0932-8663224
SM North Edsa The Block 5th Floor, SM North EdsaThe Block, Edsa Quezon City 0925-812547702-9216672
SM City Clark 2nd Floor Wellness Zone,SM City Clark Expansion,Clarkfield Pampanga 0925-8898388
SM City BF Paranaque 3rd Floor, SM City BF ParanaqueDr. A. Santos corner President’s AveBF Homes, Paranaque 0925-8993399
SM City Fairview Lower Ground Floor, Annex 2 0932-8834033

Do let me know how your visit went! Thank you, Ms. Teng and The Brow Studio for having me! Follow The Brow Studio on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 🙂

Selfie Your Way to Japan with KATE Tokyo’s #kateselfietojapan

Last month, I was invited by Kanebo Philippines to witness the launch of their KATE Tokyo line of products in the Philippines. Kanebo has been in the Philippines for more than 7 years. Their best sellers include their no-smell lipsticks made with the best kind of wax, eyebrow palettes, and Freshel skin care line, which I absolutely love.

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Kanebo’s BB Creams have sold over 10 million units in Japan alone, so it’s not a surprise that they are hailed as the #1 brand in BB creams and that their relatively new line KATE Tokyo has been met with the same reaction. Since its launch in 1997, KATE has been constantly regarded as the #1 makeup brand in Japan.

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Makeup products can be quite scary and overwhelming for non-professionals and newbies. KATE Tokyo has made it its mission to reach out to all makeup aficionados, so they created the concept of “no more rules” enabling people to enjoy their products without hesitation. Eye makeup has always been my waterloo and I’m especially thankful for KATE Tokyo products, like the spotlighting shadow (see above), that make the work easier–details of which can be seen in my next post. For now, check out some of the pictures from the event after the jump:

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Quickpost: DIY Gradient Lips

Not sure if you noticed but I haven’t posted anything for about a month. Many things had happened during my two-month vacation, I don’t know where to begin. Last month I had a spine condition that prevented me from going out of the house. The physician have ordered me to rest and not abuse my back by not wearing heels and carrying heavy loads. So even though I was on vacation, the pain on my back simply made it impossible for me to even enjoy my time off. Hence the lack of posts on this blog. However, I am now recovering and ending my absence with this quick DIY. 🙂

I have received many compliments whenever I wear this type of makeup. You’ve probably heard about gradient lips, especially if you’re a KPOP/KDrama fan. I’ve long noticed how Korean actresses’ lips look pouty and healthy without much effort. So I researched about it and found a technique that’s easy to do and perfect for my face.

All you need are these:

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1) Your favorite pale/pink lipstick. I use NYX LSS550 Indian Pink. 2) A darker lipstick, preferably red. I use Rimmel Kate Moss 11 Rossetto lipstick. 3) Lip brush to even out the color.

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First thing to do is put your pale lipstick on both lip. Next is to dab a darker lipstick on the the inner area of your upper and lower lip.

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And then, gently purse your lips for a natural blend. On the right you can see how my lips looked after pursing them three times. I could see a bit of unevenness near the corner so I had to use the lip brush.

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Tap the brush on the lips gently until you see a natural-looking gradient. The following photos are the result. 🙂

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Today’s makeup:

Ben Nye colorless powder

EverBilena BB cream

Nichido mascara

ELF cream eyeliner

NYX Indian Pink

Rimmel Kate Moss Rossetto

 

What do you think? Have you tried wearing gradient lips?

Real Beauty

Growing up from a humble family in Naga, I bore a lot of insecurities. I was stick thin, my skin was brown, and I always had to wear second-hand clothes from my cousins. The last birthday party I had was when I was six years old. It is quite normal for a child to be envious of her neighbors and playmates; I was, most especially during Christmas parties where most of my classmates get to wear new clothes, buy nice gifts, and bring delicious food. It hurt me and I clearly remember asking myself why I couldn’t experience the same thing. Later on, I developed low self-esteem (which still manifest from time to time). College was somewhat liberating, however. I got accepted at University as a scholar and in that school I had achieved recognitions that I only often dreamed about. I started to realize that life isn’t so bad at all. I may not wear expensive clothes and have porcelain, mestiza skin, but I have achieved things only select people can. By and by I started to feel more confident and secure about myself and began to realize looks are not really that important. What really matters is how you see yourself, and not how society wants you to be. It’s not an easy thing to do; I still struggle sometimes but it feels incredible once you stop caring about other people’s opinions. Wear whatever you want, eat whatever you desire (but remember to take everything in moderation).

This is perhaps the reason I’m so attached to Dove. For years, it has campaigned on celebrating real beauty by searching for real women from every corner of the world.Dove believes that beauty should be for everyone, because when you look and feel your best, you feel better about yourself.” Dove helped many women realize that we don’t have to look like supermodels and celebrities to be considered beautiful—we are all beautiful.

And to celebrate real beauty and inner glow, Dove organized a real beauty campaign in which every woman in the Philippines is eligible to join. I tried my luck on September 11 and was fortunate enough to be one of the 10 beautiful, second batch of Filipinas (which was announced just a few hours ago) who will appear in a billboard in Mandaluyong, Metro Manila. (YIPEE!!! That’s one check off my bucket list!)

I haven’t seen the billboard yet, but I will definitely take a photo and update this entry once I get to see it, or if you’re in the area please take a photo and tweet me @dafnyduck with the hashtag #DoveGlowingSkin (hehe).

Here’s a photo sent by Dove Philippines:

Thank you so much, Dove!!! 😀

You, too, have a chance to be one of the 200 Filipinas who will be featured in a Dove billboard. Go to Dove’s Facebook page for more details or follow them on Twitter!

I’m in a billboard trying to call… Wait, that’s not right, is it? 😛

DIY Pouty Lippies

Let’s face it, people with naturally pouty lips look effortlessly sultry. Angelina Jolie and Liv Tyler are best examples. But if you are a girl like me who doesn’t possess the same luscious lips as Angie and Liv and who doesn’t know how to do a pout, this post might help you.

Below is a technique I’ve learned (from experimenting) to achieve a natural looking pout, without the duckface.

First thing to do is exfoliate lips. You don’t have to do this,  however, if your lips aren’t chappy. To exfoliate, dip a soft-bristled toothbrush in lukewarm water, and then gently brush your lips. And then wipe with a clean cloth.

Before beginning, make sure you have two lip colors available–one very light  (nude or pale pink is perfect) and a dark red (brick red or royal red is good)–and a lip liner.

Next, create the shape you like by lining your lips with your lip liner. I wanted mine to look as natural as possible so I used Ianti‘s nude lip liner and just traced the natural contours of my lips.

Afterwards, I chose a pale pink lip color from ELF as base. Nude is too light for my lips. Apply your preferred color to both your upper and lower lip.

Third, create a line using a red on the inner part of the lips as shown. The goal here is to create a contrast and a shadow to give the illusion of pouty lips. Make sure not to stretch the line too much, keep the color in the middle.

It is best to start with the lower lip first, and then proceed to the upper lip.

When done,  carefully blend the parts where the dark and light color meet. You should get a result similar to this:

My camera is quite sucky at the moment but I’m telling you this method works, most especially if you’re using a nude color. Hope this somehow helps! 🙂

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You might have noticed that I changed my blog name from Zeros and Fives to Metamorphosis. I will explain why on my next blog post so make sure to come back soon! <3

DIY Matte Red Lips

Red lippies have been trending for quite some time now. The color makes a person look confident, but not many dare to wear it. I, for instance, only managed to pull it off last year. Red is too bold a color and catching unnecessary attention is the last thing I want. It may not be obvious, but I’m quite the shy girl. Charot, minsan lang. Haha

Aside from  the shade, matte lips are so in demand that many make-up store chains have released matte lipsticks. Matte lipsticks give a non-glossy finish, perfect for today’s season. Why you ask? Since the rainy (and windy) season has begun in the Philippines, it would be a tad bit impractical to wear a glossy lipstick when your hair is being constantly whisked. You wouldn’t want your hair sticking on your lips now would you? That’s kinda gross.

But what if you do not have a matte lipstick and the mall is a galaxy away? Not to worry, as this post is all about getting a matte red lips finish DIY-style. All you need are:

1. your favorite red lipstick

2. a powder (loose or compact, it doesn’t matter);

3. a small brush; and

4. a single-ply tissue.

When you have all the items, apply your favorite lipstick; I’m using ELF’s royal red. Once finished, blot the lower and the upper lip using the single-ply tissue. Do not remove the tissue just yet.

Second, using your small brush, dab on powder. I’m using Blush’s flat brush and Majolica Majorca face powder.

Then, pat the brush with powder on the tissue, as shown. Trace lips as if you’re putting on a new layer of lip gloss and push the powder through the tissue.

Do the same procedure on the upper lip. Afterwards, remove the tissue. What’s great about this procedure is that you’re assured that your lips won’t get the cheese effect, which usually happens when you place powder directly on the lips.

You should get a result similar to this:

Glossy no more! Yay! As you can see, the color looked richer in matte and, erm, fresher? If in case there are gaps after removing the tissue, you can apply a bit of the lip color on the gaps; a lip liner is also a great alternative. This seldom happens, however, if you have previously applied a generous amount of lip color/stick prior to blotting.

So that’s it! Just dab a bit of blush on the cheeks, nose bridge, and chin to get a natural finish. Red lippies are already  attention-grabbers, so make sure not to overdo your make-up. I would recommend some mascara and no eyeshadow. Simplicity is key.

I hope this tip helps. Remember that you don’t always have to purchase new stuff just to look good. ;P Ciao!

NIVEA Face Affair (Words & Photos)

You must have read in my previous post that I won NIVEA Philippines’ Face Affair contest last year. Thousands of girls submitted their entries online to NIVEA, with the hopes of becoming the Nivea girl. Who would have known that a small town girl like me would be picked? Bicolanas represent! 😛

My housemate and I took this photo in our room using my GE digital camera. I didn’t go for the usual posy photo. I thought, since NIVEA carries skin care products, the photo should show the product. I’m a big fan of beauty shots, so I opted for a tube top and a barely-there make up. I’m only wearing baby powder in this photo, some lip gloss, and eyeliner. The important thing is I’m able to present the product well.

As part of becoming the Nivea girl, I won over 14k worth of NIVEA products. If I have kept these for myself, I would have had a year’s supply of skin care products. But I didn’t. As long as I have a facial wash, toner, moisturizer, and hydrating lotion, I’m good. So where did the rest go? To my loved ones, where they should rightfully be.

I also got 15k worth of Forever 21 gift certificates and 6k worth of Majolica Majorca make up. I’m a happy girl indeed.

Part of my prize is a makeover and a photo shoot. Dominique Tiu styled me; Marj Sia did the make up; Val Chua fixed my hair; Crissey Si provided skin care tips; and Shai Lagarde gave points on confidence and personal development.

Pioneer Studio, the location, has lots of interesting decorations. I was particularly interested with these B/W photographs of what look like women from tribes.

Photograb: With Marj Sia, the makeup artist. She has amazing hands, I tell you!

Took a photo after wearing the items that Dominique Tiu personally hand-picked for me.

With my favorite blogger/graphic designer, Crissey. I only became fully acquainted with fashion blogging around 2010, I kid you not. And her blog and Tricia Gosingtian’s were the first ones I discovered. I followed them since then, and their blogs became my daily newspaper. So you could imagine my excitement when I found out I won and that I’ll be meeting her. <3 Thank you, Miro for the photo. I owe you big time.

And so the finished product has arrived. The Face Affair was just recently published in Chalk Magazine June 2012 issue, with the pogi Zac Efron on the cover:

And on the Chalk Bulletin’s bottom half, you’ll find my big face, with the wonderful bloggers who helped me look good that day.  I’m forever grateful to them. They, as well as the people from NIVEA (esp. Mikki Galang), have made my year unforgettable.

For a girl like me who grew up in Naga, a small city in the Camarines Sur province, seeing one’s own face in a national magazine is priceless. I was only a collector of teen magazines before, and everytime I buy an issue, I always wished to be in its pages. So I included it in my life goals, and now it’s here. It’s always great to dream and create goals–they motivate you, and drive you to achieve things you’re not even aware you can achieve.

Lastly, thanks to those who have supported and congratulated me. It’s not really a big ad, but your support definitely made me feel like I’m a supermodel. Haha. Thanks, guys! <3

Videos will be released online soon. Like NIVEA Philippines’ Facebook page and click the Face Affair tab to know and see more about the event.

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How to Make a Fishtail Braid (Video)

I know this video tutorial is late, and I apologize. But here it is guys! I hope you’ll like it. Making a fishtail braid is a bit tedious the first time you do it, but you’ll find it quite easy once you get the hang of the process.

My face looks squashed. I filmed this in portrait mode so I had to rotate it. Unfortunately the video editor that I was using only had two ratio options. I guess I’m gonna have  to look for more video editing software then. In the meantime, please bear with me and my amateur editing skills. At least you get a better view of the braid. 😛

If you have questions, feel free to leave me a comment below and I’ll definitely answer them when I get the chance. If you want a full text of the steps of making a fishtail braid plus pictures, I blogged about it last year here. Please subscribe to my Youtube channel! Hihi. Thank you! :3

Paperdoll 2.0

As promised, I’m going to show you another set of photos from this layout. This set, however, was taken by Unica Policarpio.

H&M Dress from Shop Class| Asianvogue heels| Miss Sartorial detachable collar| Bag from Landmark| The Little Things She Needs connector ring| Cocco boater hat

If you like my OOTD, hype this look on lookbook and chictopia!

Thanks again, Unica, for these wonderful photos! 🙂

Skin Care for the Night Owls

Health and skin care is probably two of people’s top concerns when working at night, or popularly called as the “graveyard shift.” I’m no doctor or dermatologist, but I have always been very careful when it comes to my skin, facial skin at least. This year, I accepted a job that requires me to work at night. I edit articles for a US-based company, so naturally I have to comply to their working schedule. My first month was a tad difficult, as I had to adjust practically my whole life—sleeping and eating schedule, skin care regimen, time for peers/family, etc. Before signing the contract, I already researched for the harms that my new schedule could possibly inflict on me and some ways to prevent them. Just imagine how difficult it is when one’s body clock which is programmed (for more or less two decades) to work in the day and rest at night is forcibly altered.

Okay, enough blabbing. Haha. Perhaps one of the unpleasant effects of night shifts is skin aging, and eventually the appearance of eye bags, dark circles, wrinkles, and acnes. Sad, I know. Fortunately, the maarte in me found solutions for those problems:

I have shared repeatedly that great skin always starts with clean skin. Before doing anything else with you face (yes, both before and after putting on make up), always wash it with facial foam that is suitable to your skin type.

There are five basic skin types [source]:

1. Oily– if you have large pores and frequently get blackheads and blemishes

2. Combination– if you have smooth skin, medium pores, and is slightly oily in the T-zone

3. Sensitive– if you have thin skin that is prone to allergic reactions and rashes

4. Dry– if you have tight skin that is prone to flaking and wrinkles

5. Sun-damaged – if you have tight skin with visible wrinkles

I have combination skin type so this acne oil control facial foam from Nivea is just perfect. Afterwards, tone  to further cleanse your skin.

Now the last step is quite tricky. Before, I would just wear a regular moisturizer. That was when I had a “regular” life. But since staying up all night can leave undesirable circles and eye bags and speeds up skin aging, I’m now using a special range of products from Nivea. We don’t wanna look 40 when in reality we’re just 20-something, do we?

I’ve read numerous reviews about how excellent this eye cream is, and I must also say that I’m pretty satisfied with it. I’m nearing my fifth month as a night owl worker and I don’t have dark circles yet, and I look fairly the same as last year. I now have eye bags though, but unfortunately creams can’t mend that problem (but I heard tea bags work wonders). But hey, at least I don’t have dark circles and wrinkles.

Now for the rest of the face, I wear the day cream before going to work and the night cream before sleeping. I read somewhere that the skin absorbs moisture much faster when we’re sleeping.

That’s probably the reason why night creams are thicker than day creams (as seen above).

Retaining your skin’s moisture is vital in maintaining a younger-looking skin. It’s not necessary that you use the exact same products. I just think that some night owls who complain they are looking older and stressed tend to neglect their skin’s needs. Really, the 3-step process (cleanse, tone, and moisturize) is not really that taxing.

Also, aside from the 3-step process, us people who work at night should always be wary of the food we eat and our sleeping schedule. Nothing beats a balanced diet and enough sleep. The 3-step process is just ancillary. Ciao! 🙂

Models I Stalk

When I was kid, if I’m not watching foreign TV series or animes, I ogle at the models taking the catwalk at FashionTV (FTV). I clearly remember how envious I was of their lean bodies and legs that go on forever (for obvious reasons). From that same TV show I first saw Gemma Ward, who at the time was only a mere 16-year-old.

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Ward in San Francisco, 15 March 2007

Ward debuted in Australia fashion week when she was only 15, and after a year, found herself walking in Prada, Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, and Calvin Klein. Her baby doll features inspired the fashion world so much, helping her become the youngest model to ever appear on Vogue alongside 2004 supermodels.

Currently, Gemma Ward, now 24, has taken an indefinite leave in the modeling scene and began pursuing an acting career. Three years ago, she became the talk of the town when she gained weight, which probably caused her to leave. I still love her, nonetheless.

Coco Rocha

I first heard of Coco Rocha when she modeled a Project Runway contestant’s winning jumpsuit. I was completely in awe at her poses as I have never actually seen anyone do those stuff in action. Her shots were featured in a Marie Claire billboard on Time Square:

Just look at those poses and faces, I mean, who does that? Apparently, Rocha, 23, does this quite often, which probably explains why she is so in demand at the moment. The industry refers to her as “The Queen of Poses.”

Sasha Pivovarova

When I first saw her, my initial thought was: “Gemma’s back!”

Apparently not, although Sasha and Gemma are always talked about online for looking like twins almost. Sasha, now 27, began her career about five years ago. Upon signing with IMG models, Prada immediately presented her with a three-year contract.

Along with Coco Rocha, Chanel Iman, and other models, this Russian model was featured in Vogue magazine cover titled “The World’s Next Top Models.”

Karlie Kloss

On the runway for Diane von Furstenberg, Spring 2009

Karlie Kloss became a legit model when she was only 14 years old (O.O). I know right. Currently 19 years old, Karlie has already walked for hundreds of high-fashion labels, among which are Givenchy, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Valentino, etc.

I like her for her quirky, fun attitude most especially when she walked for Victoria’s Secret last year. I didn’t exactly expect to see her there, but it was nice.

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P.S. I know I failed to update my blog again. I couldn’t fit this in my crazy schedule at the moment. I apologize. So I made this quick post just to let you guys know that I might be “off the radar” (sort of), until the end of the month. You can follow me on Twitter though, I sometimes type absurd things there. Hoho.

***Photos are not mine.

How I Wear My Man’s Shirt

I’ve been wearing this shirt almost every week since I bought it last year.

One thing I love about oversized garments, in this case a shirt from Bench’s men’s department (yes, with glitters), is they are very easy to wear. I don’t have to worry about my tummy protruding whenever I overeat.

Men’s shirt from Bench| Connector ring from Stylebreak| Fabre necklace from Antler| Hair tie from Quirkyfinds

Despite this shirt being tailored for men, it does not mean one cannot make it suitable for ladies as well. This shirt could easily be mistaken for a woman’s though, perhaps due to the color and the glitters. But then again, the cut and proportions are meant for medium-built boys, so I often tuck this in or wear it with daisy dukes or skirts. Hello, Gadybee glasses and beanie!

Jeffrey Campbell Foxy-Inspired Platforms from Asianvogue

And of course, heels always make every look more ladylike.

My new job has literally changed my sleeping habits, I was up all night yesterday. Sad to say, I have noticed my eyes are looking duller. My ultimate solution for this problem, aside from eye creams and what not, is liquid eyeliner. For some reason, it always makes the eyes look livelier. I painted the upper contours of my eyes with thick black liner and voila!—no more dead eyes. I do not like putting pencil liners on my lower lids, it makes my eyes look droopy, which is obviously not gonna help with my situation at the moment.

Hype this look on lookbook and chictopia!

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Grazie Mille Giveaway! :)

As you know, I recently won Nivea Philippines’s Face Affair contest. Part of my winnings, aside from a makeover shoot (that will happen really soon) and Forever 21 and Majolica Majorca goodies, are thousands of pesos worth of NIVEA products. How awesome is that?

It’s my first time having boxes (literally) of skincare products, that they would actually cover one whole year of my skincare needs. But then again, I got these items by luck and the only way to show my gratefulness for all the blessings I’m constantly receiving is to share them with family, friends, and co-workers. 🙂

I just finished making my list, and I don’t know to whom I could give these last few items:

Can you help me? 😀

NIVEA Philippines has just released some of these items. I have been using NIVEA for years and I am more than satisfied. Now one lucky reader will receive the following: 100 g  NVS Sparkling White Acne Oil Control, 125 mL NVS Sparkling White Toner, 4 pcs. of 8 mL NVS Sparkling Whitening Day Cream, and 100 g NIVEA Pearl & beauty Soap.

Also, I am giving this cute denim purse directly from my closet. Haha. I noticed I have bags that I bought but never used.

How to join? Follow these simple steps:

1. Like Zeros and Fives on Facebook.

2. Post this on your Facebook wall (make sure its public, and Zeros and Fives’ Facebook page is tagged) and tag three friends:

“Win NIVEA products and a denim purse from Zeros and Fives! Go to http://daphneverzosa.com/?p=2145 for details.”

3. Follow me on Twitter.

4. Tweet this and tag three friends:

“Win NIVEA products and a denim purse from @dafnyduck! Go to http://daphneverzosa.com/?p=2145 for details.”

5. Comment on this post with your Twitter username and e-mail address.

That’s it! This giveaway will end on March 11, 2012. The winner will be chosen via random.org. Only participants who religiously followed instructions will be considered. The promo is open to Philippine residents only.

UPDATE: Due to recent site error, I am extending the deadline of submission of entries until MARCH 13 at exactly 11:59 PM. :))

 

DISCLAIMER:  This post is NOT sponsored by NIVEA. I have only decided to give away some of my winnings. But still, thanks NIVEA <3

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My Everyday Make-up (Video Tutorial)

Most men dislike girls who wear make-up.  That’s a fact. Last year though, I was able to “perfect” a barely-there make-up that can be worn everyday. Chad would always tell me how much he loves my make-up because, according to him, I still have that natural glow after application. Well, he’s right. The problem with wearing make-up is that even though it enhances beauty and hides imperfections, everybody knows it’s not your “real face” they’re seeing. Hence, they exclaim: Uy, ‘di kita nakilala ah. Ang ganda mo ‘te! Haha. I dunno if I’d be happy with that one.

Also, there are women who, unfortunately, have very sensitive skin. Some could not handle too many cake and powder on their skin, causing them to get allergies and irritations. So with all these in mind, I thought, hey, maybe I could share to everyone my everyday make-up–foundation-free! I may not have sensitive skin, but I don’t like layers on my face and feel eeky sticky at the end of the day. I’ve been wearing this look for a year now and I must say it has worked wonders for me.

Below is a video tutorial I made yesterday. I have also indicated below the instructions, in case you don’t get to read the subtitles. I hope you find this helpful! 🙂

STEP ONE: Cleanse and tone. Never put on make up without washing your face first. I use Nivea Acne Oil Control Facial Wash and Nivea Refreshing Toner.

STEP TWO: Moisturize. Any moisturizer will do. I use POND’S Flawless White Blemish Prevention UV Cream.

STEP THREE: Conceal. Use a concealer that matches your skin tone to hide imperfections. I use BasicBeauty concealer stick in Light.

STEP FOUR: Apply blush. Blush powders are easier to work with than cheek tints. I would recommend Ever Bilena’s Rose blush powder. Smile! Then, apply blush on the apples of your cheeks.

STEP FIVE: Line lippies. Others would tell you to use a lip liner darker than your lipstick. I don’t follow that though. I use Ianti’s lip liner in Nude. It matches all lip colors.

STEP SIX: Apply nude lipstick. I am obsessed with Nudes. Here, I’m going to use Ianti’s Nude lipstick. I use it as my lipstick base, if there is such a thing. 😛

STEP SEVEN: Choose a shade that resembles your lip color. As you can see, I overuse Elf’s peach lip color. Hehe. It looks natural but, at the same time, refreshing. 🙂

STEP EIGHT: Define eyebrows. I’m partial to brown eyebrow pencils. The color makes people look younger (I think).

STEP NINE: Apply mascara and define lashline. I’ve been using Nichido ColorEyes mascara duo stick for years. It’s very affordable but always delivers. I don’t use eyelash curlers by the way; I just apply mascara in upward direction, but you’re free to use one if you want. 🙂 I always use the liquid one when defining my upper lashline. To create the perfect line, stretch the skin a bit then apply liner as shown. Remember, the goal is to look natural, so do not apply too much. Just follow the contours of your lashline.

STEP TEN: Set make-up by applying powder. These actually do the trick–Yep, a brush and loose powder. It does not rob the skin of ITS natural glow, unlike when we use foundation and/or pressed powder. Do not forget to apply powder on your neck. 🙂

OPTIONAL: Highlight nose bridge. While others would use brown make-up to highlight the contours of their nose, I use my concealer. ‘Learned it from a few make-up artists. 😛 Apply, then blend. 🙂

 

Sound off in the comments section if you have questions. Thanks for dropping by!

And oh, please do share and subscribe to my Youtube channel. Oha. 😛

NIVEA Visage: Face Affair

I have been a NIVEA user since college. I admit though that I had used other brands to check out if it has the same effects as NIVEA. Unfortunately, they don’t.

L-R: NIVEA Visage Sparkling White Acne Oil Control Facial Foam, NIVEA Extra Whitening Deo, NIVEA Express Hydration Body Lotion, NIVEA Visage Refreshing Toner

Day and night I use NIVEA Visage Sparkling White Acne Oil Control Facial Foam. It has 2x smaller molecules which clean deeper into pores, thus preventing acne and revealing fairer skin.  Living in a polluted area, e.g. Manila, can be quite harmful to the skin, so this facial foam is my best friend. After cleansing, I would use NIVEA Visage Refreshing Toner to further cleanse my skin. This toner helps make skin look invigorated and refreshed. Unlike other products, NIVEA’s toner is very gentle. In fact, I sometimes do not use a moisturizer after because my skin does not look and feel dry after application, which is at times the effect of toners on some skin.

NIVEA Extra Whitening Deo has been my buddy for ages! I just realized that. Hihi~ I’ve tested quite a number of deos and nothing gave me the result that I wanted, only NIVEA. Lastly, I also use NIVEA Express Hydration Body Lotion which absorbs in seconds and moisturizes the skin for hours. It is great for people with dry, red, rough, tight, flaky, dull, itchy, and peeling skin. Cool, huh?

Last October, NIVEA Philippines started this online contest called Face Affair, where loyal NIVEA users can submit a photo of themselves with the new Sparkling White Acne Oil Control. Coincidentally, I just bought the same product. My housemate and I didn’t know what to do on a lazy weekend so we thought of joining. I had lots of troubles submitting my entry as the application on NIVEA’s Facebook page cannot seem to accept my photo. In the end, I gave up.

Until four days ago, I received an e-mail from NIVEA stating that I have won the contest! Turns out they received my entry. Yipee! 🙂

Now,  everyone calls me NIVEA girl. HAHA. I don’t mind. Hey, it’s NIVEA no! Might as well own it. HAHA. Apart from the 35k worth of NIVEA, Forever 21, and Majolica Majorca products that I will be receiving, I am also very eager to meet the country’s top bloggers, namely Crissey, Dominique, Shai, Marj, and Valerie. I have been following their blogs for quite a while now. They have inspired me to start a blog of my own since I like sharing bits of my life to people (yes even to ones I barely know). Ah, I can’t wait for my makeover! 😛

Make sure to stay tuned for the biggest affair in January. Photoshoot with NIVEA and my fave bloggers soooooon! Like NIVEA Philippines’ Facebook page if you haven’t!

P.S. Thank you, guys, for the overwhelming support! I seldom get that number of likes in my posts. Hahaha. Big thanks also goes to my housemate, Dodon, who took my photo entry for the Face Affair contest!

Project: Beauty Shot

WARNING: My face is all over this post. Leave while you still can. HAHAHA.

Anyhoo.

Being a model for phot0graphers was never part of my plan when I was still in Bicol. I considered (and still consider) myself awkward, so it was really impossible. However, everybody seemed interested in photography that time, and I happened to be an art enthusiast. But  since I did not have a camera, I decided to be the subject instead. That way, I’d  see and ask photographers about their cameras and some image-capturing tips.

One of the shots that I do not get tired of is the beauty shot, also known as the close-up shot. It is not too photoshopped (or should not be too photoshopped), thus showing the subject’s real, unaltered features. That is why I love the photo by Mark below. You can still see all my balbon from the nape down to the back and shoulders. I am not (anymore) a big fan of photos that have undergone too much manipulation. I know photo retouching is necessary, I get that. But I guess a limit has to be drawn.

Photos by Mark Tiu

Make up by Em Rejano

Besides, many photographers nowadays rely too much on photoshop. As a result, they fail to learn important things about photography, such as lighting, focus, etc. I am not a photographer, I repeat, I AM NOT. But as a mere subject and observer of what’s going on today, I can’t help but be disappointed with how very manipulated some photos are. Maybe I am a purist (in some aspects) or I’m just influenced by Chad‘s style. HAHA.

I digress. Beauty shots are for me the most captivating.  They are simple, clean, and focused–no disturbing background whatsoever. They make you appreciate the beauty and details of the subject’s face. Plus, though they seem rather easy to do for models, beauty shots are the most challenging for me. When doing this layout, you don’t have accessories to use when modeling. All you can utilize are your face, eyes and mouth in particular, hands, hair, and upper body.

Photo by Arojo Santos 

Make up by Missy Rivera

It also helps the photographer immensely if the model has clear skin. I guess that is important. I am blessed with clear skin, thanks to my parents, so I seldom worry about beauty shots. I only fail to lessen my eye bags. HAHA. I can’t help it, I’ve suddenly turned into an insomniac.

So what is my regimen? Nothing much, really. I just make sure to wash my face in the morning and evening. I use Nivea and it has never failed me. Then tone and moisturize. Many toners are quite harsh, but Nivea’s is not.

I’m collecting beauty shots for my portfolio. It looks really nice, and it gives the illusion that I’m naked. HAHA. But of course I’m not. That’s where tube tops come in handy. Ciao! 🙂

One Hyundai Club: Life in Style

Before I started working, I made a list of things I want to acquire in 10 years–a decent SLR and laptop, tons of shoes, piles of make up, my own a house and lot… you know, the typical ones. I also dream of having a car and I’m pretty sure you also have that somewhere in your list. I mean, who doesn’t want want a car?

But of course, we don’t want just a typical, easy-on-the-pocket set of wheels. A conscious buyer would always research first and weigh his options.

One of the fastest-growing automobile distributors here in the Philippines is Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI). From the four dealers HARI started with in 2001, it has expanded its dealership network by appointing 32 more all over the country. To date, HARI has 36 dealers nationwide which help them reach out to more consumers and maintain the honor of being the third best automobile distributor in the country. After almost a decade of carving milestones, HARI launched its One Hyundai Club (OHC), an exclusive club specially established for Hyundai car owners, in December 2010. Next month, OHC is going to celebrate its first year anniversary, and in appreciation of the OHC members’ support, HARI invites all the OHC members, Hyundai automobile owners, and guests (READ: guests!) to a whole day of premium lifestyle experiences on January 14, 2012.

Dubbed as One Hyundai Club: Life in Style, the event will launch the One Hyundai Club Life in Style 2012 Journal, which will contain a preview of the 2012 activities and promos lined up for OHC members. Seeing the line up of activities HARI has in store made me excited for the loyal Hyundai owners (kahit hindi naman ako kasali. epal lang. haha.)!

In the event, guests will get to participate in various activities, such as wardrobe consultation for men and women, makeover session, skin consultation, fashion show, cooking demos, wall climbing, arcade games, and many more—all in one day! Aside from that, there will be hourly raffle draws and grand prizes for OHC club members! How awesome is that. HARI truly knows how to value their customers. 🙂

Admission is FREE but you have to register by logging in at http://ohclifeinstyle.com.ph. When you’re registered, the OHC Life in Style team will send you a printable event pass.

However, the registration application in the OHC microsite is still in the works, so in the meantime, like their Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/onehyundaiclublifeinstyle to get updates regarding the event.

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How To: Fishtail Braids

Today I’m going to show you how to make fishtail braids–without the help of other people! First, all you need is a toothed comb, a ponytail tie (or an elastic band will do), and something to accessorize your hair when you’re done.

I apologize in advance if some of the photos are too bright for your eyes, I needed to add more exposure so you could actually see what happens to the hair as I show you the process.

STEP 1: I wanted to do a side braid so I placed everything at the right, away from the direction of my fringe to create balance. You are free to place your hair wherever you want. Same procedure still applies to non-side braids.

STEP 2: Cut hair into two sections, by cut I mean separate. You now have a left and right section (if that makes any sense).

 STEP 3: From the left section of your hair, take a small part from the back.

 STEP 4: Place it on top of the remaining left section of your hair, BUT do not combine them.

STEP 5: Instead, combine it with the opposite (right) section of your hair.

STEP 6: Pull both sections on opposite directions to ensure that there are no stray hairs. This isn’t necessary though, but I do this all the time. Hee~

STEP 7: Just like STEP 3, gather a few strands from the back of the right section of your hair.

 STEP 8: Place them on top of the right section, then combine with the left.

STEP 9: Repeat STEPs 3 to 8.

 Continue this process until you reach the tips, or the point where you can still gather your hair together.

In the photos below, I stopped braiding at about three-quarters of my hair’s length as there were a few strands already sticking out. Fishtail braids are fun to do when you have really long hair. Hmm, if that’s the case then I shouldn’t have my mane trimmed for at least two months more. :s

STEP 10:  Hold the braids together by using a ponytail tie or an elastic band. You are free to use whatever accessories after to add more character.

Since I’m sucker for bows and florals, I attached my bow+floral hair clip to the hair tie I used. I curled the short strands at the other sides to make the look much prettier and less messy.

Then, wore a beanie to tone down the preppiness.

Below is a quick recap of what I’ve done in .GIF format. I hope you enjoyed my first tutorial!

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NU Skin Exfoliant Scrub and Toner Review

I live in a city where pollution is extremely high and the only way to battle it is proper cleansing. However, not all cleansers available in the market can assure a satisfying result.

We all know that our skin has pores that can be clogged by dirt, causing blackheads and pimples. Unclogging pores requires no ordinary cleansers, like the ones that have scrubs. Many people are skeptical with facial scrubs for fear of scratches on the face or any other skin damages. That’s understandable because facial skin is very sensitive and scrubs can indeed harm our skin, depending on their kind.

More than a couple of weeks ago, my friend asked me to try his company’s cleanser products, NU Skin. Without hesitation, I agreed since my skin is not as sensitive as others; besides, it says EXTRA GENTLE.

NU Skin Facial Scrub

Instructions and information

It says on the label that the product should be used twice a week, but according to my friend, three times a week during your first two weeks of use is recommended.

The cleanser contains barely visible, minuscule beads, called marine diatoms, which are proven safe for the skin unlike other cleansers that have pollen-like ones. After washing, you’ll feel more refreshed mainly because of the menthol-ly stuff infused in it.

AFTER IMAGE

The skin will feel slightly tight because of the removal of the dead skin cells.

NU Skin Mattefying Toner

It is essential to use a toner right after washing. It helps remove excess dirt.

One thing that scares me about toners is that some are really harsh to the skin. If you’re not careful when choosing and using a toner, it can leave burning sensations and red patches, BUT not this one. It’s very mild and it can thoroughly remove traces of dirt.

AFTER TONING

Toner chemicals often leave the skin very dry, probably due to its intensive cleansing and skin refinement properties, so moisturizing is necessary after. NU Skin’s toner, however, will leave your skin moisturized and damage-free. Credit that to its pH-balancing and mattefying capabilities.

NU Skin is a foreign product, so it’s not yet available in Philippine stores. But if you’d like to try it and enjoy beautiful skin, you may order from Resty thru restynuegas@gmail.com or contact him at these numbers:

09238407186

09152596998

 

Toodles! 🙂

Michael Cinco for America’s Next Top Model

Another feat for the Philippines! In episode 8 of America’s Next Top Model Cycle 16, a Filipino designer was featured. Michael Cinco, who is currently based in Dubai, was a guest designer for ANTM last week. The models used his creations for the photo shoot:

Alexandria Everett

Alexandria received the first call out and precedently won the episode challenge. I’m beginning to like her, though I’m not sure if her nicey-nicey attitude is  a facade or not. But at least she’s keeping her promise to Tyra.

Hannah Jones

Hannah poses really good, high-fashion style. I’m in love with he dress. Yay to Michael Cinco!

Molly O'Connell

Molly is developing a nasty attitude lately and sad to say that it’s affecting her performance, especially in between photo shoots and challenges. However, when she’s in front of the camera, she always delivers. ‘Love the corset!

So those are my top 3 picks for the episode. Unfortunately, the sweetest girl of the bunch got eliminated, Jaclyn Poole, because she sometimes have trouble controlling her face especially her mouth.

Kudos to her for getting the best photo in episode 7 though!

Jaclyn Poole

***All photos from America’s Next Top Model Flickr

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser Review

I thank my parents for blessing me with not-so-sensitive facial skin. When I was growing up, I never had problems with pimples. Yeah, I do get a pimple when my period’s coming, but that’s it. I was never and still am not afraid to try every facial cleanser available in the market because I know I’m not allergic (or sensitive) to any. The worst thing a facial cleanser could do to me is give me dry skin, which I already hate.

I’ve been using Pond’s since college and it has never failed me, except for the dryness it occasionally leaves my skin. I use it night and day, so I figured that maybe I should use a milder facial cleanser to remove dirt and makeup.

I have known Cetaphil way back, but I never considered using it, thinking that it should only be used by people with grave skin problems. There’s something about the brand name and logo that’s so clinic-ky, so I never bothered. Blame it on my judgmental nature. Chos.

If not for the makeup artists I’ve met, I would have not gotten acquainted with Cetaphil’s uses. They use Cetaphil as makeup remover, using a wet tissue and spreading it all over my face. I really liked how it makes my skin feel, so I decided to get one for myself:

It’s quite expensive for a 60 mL, priced at a little less than Php 200.

CLAIMS:

Cetaphil® Gentle Skin Cleanser is great for daily makeup removal. Originally formulated for dermatologists, this cleanser is gentle on your skin and sensitive to your skin’s needs. Cetaphil® Gentle Skin Cleanser will not strip the skin of natural protective oils or emollients, or disturb the skin’s natural pH balance. Recommended for years by dermatologists, it is fragrance-free and non-comedogenic. Cetaphil® Gentle Skin Cleanser is gentle enough for children, teens and adults.

Non-comedogenic means it does not clog pores, which somehow puzzles me because it doesn’t have scrubs or something, not that I’m saying cleansers should always have scrubs to unclog pores.

The best thing about this cleanser is that you can use it without water.

Hello, dry skin. I decided to use my unmoisturized hand to give you guys a preview of how Cetaphil would look like when used.

Just apply it on your skin and rub gently to remove dirt. You’ll need a wet tissue or a soft cloth to remove the excess cleanser.

Let the thin film dry up after rubbing and removing excess cleanser.

 

Look at the difference. Please don't mind the change in tone, I dunno how it happened. Hehe 🙂

I was pretty amazed myself after using it. My skin became smooth and soft, I need not apply moisturizer after!

True to its claims, Cetaphil is soothing, mild and fragrance-free, unlike other facial cleansers smothered with perfume (which, I believe, makes cleansers harsh to the skin).

I give the product a good ten. 🙂

Visit their site for more information about their products.

It’s finally out: Ann Ward for Vogue Italia!

Ann Ward, the extremely thin-waisted gal of ANTM Cycle 15’s controversial promo video, can be finally brought home! This stunner who stands 6 feet and 2 inches is currently gracing Beauty in Vogue’s March cover photographed by Ellen von Unwerth, the fashion photographer well known for her playful and high contrast style [source].

Having won five consecutive best photo during the cycle, it is a no-brainer that she totally deserved to be declared as America’s next top model.  She may be very shy, yes, but that trait could be mended. And by being on Vogue’s cover and pages, who wouldn’t gain confidence right? I’m pretty sure Ann’s timidness has diminished.

Styled by Shiela Single, Ann has definitely transformed from an awkward girl to a high-fashion model. Check out the behind-the-scenes video:

 

Photo credits go to Vogue.it.

Revlon PhotoReady Compact Makeup Review

As I have shared in my previous post, I always consider performance and cost in purchasing makeup. The case is different when I buy foundation, (although I never bought one in my life until this past Saturday) it’s the base for your makeup and it covers the entire face so you can’t risk buying a defective one.

I’m a compact/loose powder type of person and never liked wearing foundation (be it powder or liquid) in my ordinary everyday life. But since Saturday’s events required me to buy one, I headed over to Revlon. I have heard good reviews about it so I decided to go for it. With eyes shut, I pulled out Php1,000 and paid for Revlon PhotoReady Compact Makeup:

The Revlon PhotoReady Compact Makeup is different from the Revlon PhotoReady Makeup. The latter is only liquid, while the former is like a compact powder and liquid foundation in one.

What’s inside is a cream-like substance that turns to liquid when you push the screen. The compact comes with a sponge. Sorry if it looks used already. Couldn’t wait to try it:

CLAIMS:

-Perfected, poreless airbrushed skin in any light
-Liquefying screen turns cream to liquid, then dries to a soft powder finish
-Photochromatic pigments bend and reflect light to help erase every flaw
-SPF 20
-Oil free, fragrance free.
-Complete, yet virtually undetectable coverage.
-Soft luminous finish

(Source)

Below are a Before-and-After shots.

BEFORE: Bare-faced me

It’s not obvious here but I happened to have red spots on my cheek. I dunno how I got it, but I tried Revlon nonetheless.

AFTER: With Revlon PhotoReady Compact Makeup

I only applied a few strokes and the skin tone evened out. Unlike other foundations, Revlon PhotoReady gives very natural coverage, true to its claim above. It doesn’t clump either, even when you perspire. There are also some silverdust-like thingies when it’s applied. That’s probably what Revlon calls as photochromatic pigments which help give that flawless finish when photographed. I used it for an afternoon photo shoot here along with this one.

The best thing about it is that it has long staying power, that if you plan on wearing it until midnight, you need not worry about reapplying. Below is a photo of me after the photo shoot:

I'm the one at the middle. I still looked fresh (minus the eye bags. HAHA) even if it was already 11 in the evening. No re-application was done, honest. (Photo credit: Aiza Labios)

Revlon PhotoReady Compact Makeup comes in 7 different shades–ivory, vanilla, shell, natural beige, middle beige, cool beige, and rich ginger–so you can identify easily and correctly the most suitable shade for your skin. I used natural beige. 🙂

No wonder it costs so high. It delivers.

Have you tried it, too? What do you think of it? 🙂

Conceal That Spot: Basic Beauty Concealer Review

One thing I learned about shopping for make-up is to try the testers AND that you are never required to buy an item after testing it. The tester is there to give you an idea of how it looks and feels–if it’s what you need or if you’re not allergic to it. Another thing is to not buy at the same day of testing. You wouldn’t know if you’re allergic to that product if you buy it rightaway; the best thing to do is to let it stay on your skin for a few hours, or minutes.

With these learning in mind, I went to every make-up counter at Landmark and tried the stuff I needed for a photo shoot the next day (obviously, I was tasked to be the make-up artist). I started from Revlon, CoverGirl, Fanny Serrano, Nichido, Ever Bilena, Basic Beauty, to Ianti. I’ve been looking for the best concealer in malls, and by best I consider performance and cost. Yeah sure, Revlon, MAC, CoverGirl, and other make-up giants may be one of the best performing ones out there, but their cost are too hefty for students and even for average wage earners like me. Nichido was my best friend for years, but I constantly had trouble with it whenever the room temperature gets high. It sort of melts and looks eeky, it starts to stick on its cover and case. I never wanted that kind of trouble, very untidy.

So I headed to Basic Beauty. I was a little skeptical testing their items at first. Their packaging is not as impressive as the others, you know. It’s pretty obvious that it’s a new brand:

But since the sales person was very nice, I let her introduce to me the product. I asked questions after (if the brand is new, if it melts in high temperature, blah blah blah). It’s the brand’s best seller, she said, even if it was just recently launched. Below are the other claims:

  • It’s hypoallergenic.
  • It’s dermatologist-tested.
  • It’s fragrance-free.
  • It’s doesn’t clump nor chalk.

Sorry, I used it already after taking this shot that’s why it looks a little, uhh, used. 🙂

True enough, I didn’t get any uncomfortable feeling when I tested it. It blends really well on my skin, plus it’s a little dry so there was no sticky feel either. It’s like a compact powder with concealing abilities, you know what I mean? It looks very natural!

BEFORE

I don’t know if you can see them, but I have thin lines below and at the corner of my eyes. The color of my eye area is also uneven with the rest of my facial skin.

AFTER

Lines are gone. And the skin is toned and even. (The After photo’s brightness changed a bit, one light in our office got switched off while I and my friend was taking this. Sorry, but I assure you, there were no manipulations.)

The product has three variations–light, medium, and dark to suit every skin tone. I used light, I have a pale face. Anyhoo, this concealer costs a meager Php179.00. Slightly pricier than Nichido, but it’s worth the extra pesos. I found Basic Beauty in Landmark, Trinoma, so I believe it’s available in all Ayala Malls. Like their Facebook page to get updates on their products.

Check here for studio shots where I used the concealer.

On a totally unrelated note, I know this Before-and-After photo might freak you out a bit. I was. HAHA. Reminds me of The Ring. Creepy. Bye! 🙂

Doing Something Unexpected Of You Is Exciting!

I was checking my blog early this morning when I saw a comment from one of the most popular bloggers in the country–FlairCandy. I couldn’t help but be flattered so I went to her ever-fab blog to let her know how honored I was.

One particular entry about a serpent ring caught my eye. Aside from it being gold, the design made me curious and right then and there I knew I had to get it. As I have said in my previous post, I’m starting to fancy and collect rings.

Photo taken by Kristel Chuateco, grabbed it from FlairCandy

Isn’t it gorgeous? Unfortunately, I can’t have it that easy (unless I have Php4, 000). I have to upload my photo on Panopio Jewelry’ Facebook page and have it liked by tons of people. Here’s the photo I uploaded:

Do you like it? If you do, could you like Panopio’s page, then my photo?  I don’t normally do this you know, but I want the ring so bad. Readers, help me? Pretty please? And do not forget to share the link to your friends. I would consider this a gigantic favor. Thank you! 🙂 Mwah!

Blake Lively: The New Chanel Mademoiselle Ambassador

Oh yes, she did it again. After being named as 2010’s Best Dressed by Vogue:

Blake Lively, a.k.a Serena Van Der Woodsen of Gossip Girl, scored another feat. Read more.

My Christmas Reward

Moments ago, I was panic-buying at TriNoma though I was and still am not sure if I could come home for the holidays. With lots of optimism, I withdrew my budget for gifts. When I got there, I was totally at a loss of what to get for my loved ones. Screw my forgetfulness, I ended up grabbing the most fitting items I could see. And just as expected, the stuff I pulled out cost way more. So, HUHU I had to have my card swiped, which I was terribly trying to avoid. I felt  extremely bad for not sticking to the budget but, hey, I comforted myself that the things I got were all cutie patootie. Quite expensive, yes, but totally worth it. Defensive, eh?

Of course, I bought some for myself as well. I worked hard, dude, so it’s just fair I give myself presents, too. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with accessories, particularly those with lace and ribbons. I got a bow clip just a week ago. Now, I have two more to add to the bow collection. 🙂

This being the second. It’s a necklace, a little flashy and sparkly because it has gold chains (faux gold, of course) and black beads, but the flashiness was toned down by the bow’s so-called innocence. Just perfect for my growing black, gold, and gray “wardrobe.” (As if I got a huge closet, LOL.)

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Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2011 Collection

  

“Louis Vuitton Malletier — commonly referred to as Louis Vuitton , or shortened to LV — is a French fashion house founded in 1854. The label is well known for its LV monogram, which is featured on most products, ranging from luxury trunks and leather goods to ready-to-wear, shoes, watches, jewellery, accessories, sunglasses, and books. Louis Vuitton is one of the world’s leading international fashion houses. Louis Vuitton sells its products through small boutiques in high-end department stores, and through the e-commerce section of its website.” ~Wikipedia, 2010

LV 2011 designed by Marc Jacobs took a really oriental turn in its Spring Summer 2011 collection. Mao-neck pieces were all over the runway. LV made it a little more fierce by splashing some colors. The following were the highlights of the collection:

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Chanel Spring Summer 2011 Collection

I have been very open about my love for fashion. Sad to say, I only know minuscule things about it. A true fashion enthusiast, I believe, should know every prominent label in Milan, London, and New York. He/she should be adept in executing the current trends, e.g. the colors, textures, and designs for Spring Summer 2011. In this post, I will attempt to share the trend for S/S 2011 and perhaps give a few insights of what’s in store for next year’s fashion industry, well, according to Chanel.

Fashion ignoranti like me only know well a few fashion labels–most of the time, the popularly-used ones. Who has not heard of Chanel? This uber famous brand is founded by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. It is recognized as the most established in haute couture, ready-to-wear clothes, handbags, perfumery, and cosmetics among others (Wikipedia, 2010). No wonder, every fashionista in the world worships Chanel.

Winter is almost over, and summer and spring are upcoming. What way to rock those seasons best but wear Chanel’s S/S 2011 collection. They are chic, some are cozy, elegant, and adventurous.

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REVIEW: Pond’s Pure White with Activated Carbon

When I first saw this on TV, I snorted. I thought, wow, another marketing ploy to attract consumers. Activated carbon, really? I never knew much about chemistry, but I found it ridiculous splashing carbon all over your face. Yeah, that was exaggerated. Needless to say, I wasn’t excited to try it.

When the product was launched, free sachets were given out to MRT stations. This one lady was in a real hurry so she gave me tons of samples. And it so happened I had no more facial wash at home. Great, so I guess I have no choice but to try them then. Being a cautious consumer, I read the labels first.

CLAIMS:

  • Lifts away impurities
  • Helps cleanse face thoroughly
  • Reveals natural pure white skin

THE REAL SCORE:

All three claims are true. It does cleanse really well, I’ve been using it for over a month already. My skin has become noticeably clearer and fairer, too. The only problem is, and this is usually true for all Pond’s products (according to my experience at least), that though it cleanses thoroughly, facial skin tends to become dry in which one needs the use of a moisturizer after.

I am not allergic to any product (that’s a yay for me!), so I cannot assure that Pond’s Pure White with Activated Carbon is safe for everyone’s skin. Overall, the product is excellent. My friend and I actually buy bigger containers now. I recommended it to a neighbor, and she loved the results. 🙂

RATING: ?????

***Photo from Google