Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Take me for example, while I was about to finally go for it from a pro (I resulted to DIY microwave wax treatments), I asked around my model friends and even a friend who owns a spa that offers waxing how it goes. They're like "It really hurts!" From my own research, I saw that quite a lot actually undergo the process.
At my favorite neighborhood spa place Nail To Toe, I went for my treatment since it's near my place and I've been a longtime client and they've never disappointed me. "We'll give you the sphinx." They told me. I was like, "What do you mean?" They told me, "We leave nothing behind." I get it. Just like the sphinx cats.
The therapist briefed me days before as to what I'm supposed to do. She told me the best time to have my wax done and how long the hair should be (approximately 1/4 inch. Longer than that they would have to trim it as it could hurt). People who could be sensitive to pain may take ibuprofen an hour before the treatment. I decided against ibuprofen thinking that I could stand the pain since I've been doing waxing treatments via DIY kits.
During the day, I made sure everything should be clean. Yep, especially there so I was advised to shower first before the procedure using warm (not hot) shower. When I arrived, the waxing area had been prepared. Fresh linens were laid out and the wax was already pre-heated. The therapist sanitized her hands with alcohol and she told me to do the same to my own. A fresh and unused tongue depressor was prepared. Prepping the client with pre-epilating lotions and creams was done. I think this is used to numb the pain (other salons use baby powder to absorb excess moisture so the wax does not stick much) or to prevent the wax from sticking (much) to the skin. And I thought that waxing was just spread, rip, and writhe in pain.
Of course I will admit that the whole process hurts (those who have gotten waxed even on the legs would agree with me) since the bikini area is very sensitive and the skin is thinner than say, your underarms or arms. The therapist was like, "No. stay. I have to finish" She plucked the remaining hair that couldn't come with the wax. When I asked why not just apply wax again, she said that we couldn't apply the wax to an area that has been previously waxed because the skin could get burned. Threading is also an option for people who would want less pain. After an hour and a half or so, the whole process was finished and not a single strand of hair was spared. Post-waxing lotions were applied to the skin, which also helps ease pain and redness. I was also given instructions on post-waxing care in a leaflet.
I must say that I am very satisfied with their service. Not only was the process clean and well-executed, but therapist was very professional with her work. She answered all my questions well and even helped me relax (by the way, relax is one tip they told me. :) ) In fact, I already had my second session last week.
The second session is usually less painful than the first, and hair grows back finer and slower than say, using depilation creams and shaving. Maybe because I'm already used to it? Plus, I like how they follow international standards and rules and use high-quality equipment.
Do I recommend getting one? I sure do, especially since after Christmas, beachtime is fast approaching. For those who would want to defuzz without breaking the bank, I recommend this service. Price ranges from Php 550-650, depending on the service you're getting.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
By the way, this should be used on DRY hair and not on wet hair.
The 4-way style-to-go has 4 pairs of interchangeable plates:
Shown from L-R: Straightening, crimper, and micro-crimper.
Here's what I just used: The deep waver:
1. Heats fast. No need to wait forever to be used
2. Delivers well. I see results 10 seconds after releasing the clamp.
3. Easy-to-use. Just clamp and release.
5. Affordable (php 1590, and that's 4 tools already)
1. Metal and not ceramic. Don't forget to use a heat-protective spray to prevent fried locks.
2. Can be heavy and bulky.
3. The handle may take getting used to. My hand kinda cramped up after using. Kinda like the one you get after playing with your PSP too much.
I tried the waver just a while ago and I was pleased at how I immediately got the big retro hair I want (you can adjust the volume of hair you clamp up depending on the effect. Thinner sectioning means bigger volume and more texture. Thicker sectioning results to a gentler effect). After the whole crimping process: here's the look I got:
(no makeup. heeheehee)
Big hair here. I could even go wilder by teasing for shoots or high-fashion looks.
The handle could get a bit of getting used to. Oh, since the plates are metal, remember to condition hair to prevent damage and not to use this everyday as it could leave the hair dry and dull. But hey, on the occassion for retro waves and textures... bring on the heat!
Happy Christmas ladies! Stay pretty!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Face: MAC Hyperreal Foundation in NC200 set with MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC30
Contour/Blush: Ever Bilena in Amethyst
Brows: Set and filled with body shop brown eyeshadow
Eyes: Gold creme eyeshadow as base on the lid and set with a matte golden brown color. Contour with a warm brown in a darker shade than lid color plus highlight the browbone in peach e/s. (no brands as you can use whatever you like). Dab a shimmery loose coppery bronze shade on lid for more highlights
Liner: Dark brown eyeliner on upper and lower lashlines. Line top lashline with an olive green liner for more pop of color.
Mascara: Lots of volumizing mascaras on curled lashes.
Lips: Red brown lipliner then filled in then topped with MAC lipstick in Hot Tahiti and blended in.
I didn't bother drying my hair here as I was running pretty late. This look would go well with spicy nail polish or a gold cocktail dress.
Happy Holidays everyone!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Very international indeed, plus everyone was very professional during the shoot and since we were already bonded, everything turned out great.
Guess who the model was?
photo by Filbert Kung
Popular fashion icon and blogger Bryanboy! The guy's a real pro with the poses working each pose after pose after pose. Amazing and without any complaint! The shoot finished in two hours with gazillions of fantastic frames. I love how the picture turned out.. super classic and international level.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
So I made third degree burns out of glue, tissue, and lots of grease/wax-based paint/lipsticks, and Kryolan makeup"
I'll try using black spray-on haircolor to make things easier. The Kryolan lip rouge pallette I got proved to be better as special effects makeup rather than beauty makeup. It made realistic-looking bruises.
Oh, and here's the wound, which happened to be another favorite:
Bruised and lacerated and straight from a horror movie.
It looked so real a lot got freaked out when they saw it. To think I haven't placed fake blood yet, which I have yet to make. I added some texture inside the "peeled skin" using cotton rubbed in red/maroon grease paint.
I still have to master making slashes, as that would require a lot of dexterity on my part
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
With my earrings post below, I got a lovely early Christmas gift from the master accesories designer himself that really was a total delight:
Love the earrings! Super duper thanks Dennis! He made these and the religious details are just exquisite. Perfect for remindin us the true meaning of Christmas, don't you think? I just fell in love with it. In fact, as I'm typing this, I'm already in my nightgown and with no more makeup at all...yet I'm still wearing the earrings. Heeheehee..
Of course I gotta model these first. Ganito muna, but yeah... you'll be seeing this pair in one of my photoshoots, with credits, of course! :)
Merry Christmas everyone. Only nine days to go!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
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Thursday, November 27, 2008
I just couldn't resist doing a bit of layouts. Heeheehee... That's the Olay Regenerist cleanser and their star product, the Olay Regenerist serum, in elegant black-and-red packaging (which was the color theme of the night). In fact, I've used the serum as my makeup primer for my makeup at that event and I really loved how my makeup glided on that day.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Russian Red is an intense bluish-red in a matte finish. It's a favorite among red-lipped fanatics and flatters almost anyone. It's a universal red that anyone could pull off. I was introduced to this shade by makeup artist Mari Wild, who happens to be a long-time Russian Red fanatic. I was sitting next to her and I noticed her red lips and I asked, "Ms. Mari, I really love your red lipstick, what shade is it?" When she said Russian Red, I knew I had to immediately try it on for myself.
I love how Russian Red makes my lips pop. Since it's matte, it can be drying on the lips to it's best to prep first the lips with lip balm prior to lipstick application. Then, before lining the lips (a must if you're sporting dark or intensely-colored lipstick), blot excess balm with a tissue. Line lips and fill in then go with your lipstick. Blot and re-apply. It's pretty effortless I can just go on with neutral eye makeup and I look polished.
Russian Red can be mixed with another red to create a customized red for you (I will always remember Ms. Mari saying that there is always a perfect red for everyone, and indeed she's right.) This red is just purely Russian Red with MAC lipliner in cherry. MAC Russian Red can be mixed with MAC Viva Glam I for a very intense red (this tip I learned from Kang of MAC Makati).
Aside from the bold, intense red.... here's what I love too about it: STAYING POWER
That's been wiped a wholelotta times already, yet it's still uber pigmented. I love lipsticks that stay on my lips since I can get too lazy to reapply.
Next project will be this one...:)
Thursday, November 20, 2008
When my auntie arrived from the States, she gave me a pouch full of nail polish and among them I received two bottles of Xtreme wear. Last Friday, I used it for my manicure since I'll be going to an event that night and another one the following day so I needed something to withstand the test of hard work.
So here it is... my newly-manicured and shiny nails painted red (rarrr)
shiny, no chips, and fresh... just like a mani done well. The therapist actually didn't have a hard time with the polish as the consistensy was very manageable and the brush long and thin enough to get to the edges without straying from the nail.
7 days after washing dishes, doing laundry, washing brushes, typing, doing makeup, and all sorts of mechanical work... my polish looks like this:
Save for the nails starting to grow, it's still presentable. As of now, there's a tiny chip on my left middle finger, but it's not like other polishes that chip off quite easily. I told my aunt how long-lasting the polish was, for people like me with abused hands and totally subject to manual labor.
I plan to get this in more colors as soon as my stash runs out. :)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Bratpack opens its Flagship store housing brands such as Jansport, Timbuk2, and Hedgren. They have also included new brands catering to more lifestyles such as DC, Sector9, Sanuk, Skullcandy, Eastpak, and Life Is Good. Each brand caters to different lifestyles and different personalities.
The store is located at Greenbelt 5 and being true to its indie roots, this store was designed by renowned graphic design house Team Manila.
me with Gabe Mercado, one of the actors, after the show
The hair is best on girls with naturally wavy hair with layers, as the layers can also add shape. It's also good if the hair is not rebonded or relaxed or chemically straightened. I used medium-sized rollers on this one but if I want more volume, I use large velcro rollers on the tops.
I started with washed hair (conditioner can be skipped especially if you're scared of conditioner could weigh your hair down, like I did). I blow-dried my hair until it's about 90% dry. For more volume, you could add a bit of mousse and continued blow-drying lifting my hair to produce more volume and shaping the hair with my fingers. After spraying my hair with a bit of curl-defining spray (or you could leave the hair a bit "damp" with the mousse), I set my hair in velcro rollers (thermal rollers are good too) and blow-dried my set hair to heat the rollers. As I waited for my hair to cool, I did my makeup.
When my hair has completely cooled, I removed the rollers. My hair is a bit toussled now, so to hold the style, this is when I applied mousse for hold and scrunched the ends for more curls. for definition, I used styling clay on the ends and on my bangs and lightly smoothed my hair to avoid messy strands. A spritz of hairspray (how fun!) and a shake of the head and I'm done. Velcro rollers add just body and define waves instead of curling the hair. The look is really soft waves without looking too 80's.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
photo by Darrel Pobre
I was really thrilled to have this experience and I really learned a lot from Jo Ann, who's also a photographer so she gave us some tips on how to take pictures, how to direct, how to pose, and how to work. I also learned a lot on speed without sacrificing quality, especially if we're pressed for time. Also, it's important to concentrate well on every detail of my work and not rely heavily on digital photo-editing. JoAnn really was effortless in her poses. She looked fierce in each frame! And can I just say how much I love her skin and bone structure? She really is a true, ageless beauty.
I really enjoyed the shoot. They were really fun to work with and are such sweeties despite their overflowing success. Thanks to Dennis for the invite again!
Watch out for the pictures soon! In the meantime, here's a teaser: