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!