Getting Semi-Permanent Brows

It took a while for me to finally say yes and try out semi-permanent make-up. Today, a lot of women have realized how perfectly shaped brows can brighten and open up one’s face. Hence this era’s massive obsession of #EyebrowsOnFleek. If you do your make-up everyday, you’d know that getting perfect brows is no easy task. It takes practice to get the right arch, length and shape which is appropriate for your face shape. I admittedly got tired of having to spend so much time on just my brows everyday, so with much convincing from Dra. Joan Clarence, I gave in.

Just like you, I had fears. Whenever I’d come across the term “tattooed brows”, visions of stark black and even green-tinged brows would haunt me (my reference point is my equally kikay grandmother, who had her brows tattooed when she was 60). It turns out, the pigments they used back then really had the tendency to turn greenish over time. Thankfully today, organic eyebrow pigments are being used. While these are deemed safer (and does not run the risk of turning green or black), the downside is the effect only lasts a year or two, depending on the body’s “reception” of the pigments. That is why a retouch every two years is encouraged. In the VLOG I talk about the procedure, length of time, the pain level and the after care. If you’ve always been curious about getting semi-permanent brows, watch and learn and I hope you get to try it out! Special thanks to my beautiful doctor Dra. Clarence for being so patient with me and guiding me all throughout the process.

2 weeks after getting my brows done.

HOSTING ERVIN AND DONNA’S WEDDING

Join me as I take you through another behind the scenes peek of a wedding work day. Donna and I have been communicating mostly on Facebook since she and Ervin are based in Germany. You seriously have to check out their prenup video by Forevermine Films!

***SUPPLIERS***
Ceremony: Mary The Queen Parish
Wedding Singer: Charlene Ramos of Madrigal Singers with Pede and Joey Aguda
Venue: The Blue Leaf Events Pavilion
Caterer: k. by cunanan catering
Video: Mayad Studios
Photo: Gerald John Esguerra of GJ Esguerra Photography
HMUA: Eds Go
Wedding Gown: Jazel Sy
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Entourage Gowns: Adora Couture
Flower Girl Gowns: May Buendia Palabrica of Macy’s Dollhouse
Bridal Robe: La Tercera
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss
Groom’s shoes: Hugo Boss
Wedding Prep Hotel: EDSA Shangri-La Hotel
Bridal Car: Bridal Car Philippines
Strings: The Manila String Machine
Ceremony and Reception Stylist: Events Central By Anna Winstel
Bridal/Ento Boquets/Boutonnieres: Anna Winstel Chow of Events Central By Anna Winstel
Photobooth: baiCapture
Crystal Chair: Windsor Crystal Chairs
Cake: Hearts and Bells
Host: Ingrid Nieto
Invitation: Paperbug
OTD Coord: Christine Aguda of Events by Tin and Co.
First Dance: Edward A. Sera Jose Jr.
Fireworks Display: Dragon Fireworks Incorporated (Daynes)
PS Gifts: Chocolate Confections
Prenup HMUA: Chinky J. Tanjangco and Peter Adrian Tiri Soloria
Prenup Video: Michelle and Herwin of Forevermine Wedding Films
Prenup Stylist: Aira of Styling by Aira Franco

REVIEW: ZENUTRIENTS GUGO STRENGTHENING SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER

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Way before hot oil treatments, hair masks and the Brazilian Blowout were invented, Filipinas would turn to natural ingredients like Gugo and coconut milk to maintain lustrous, thick hair. Gugo is an herb that grows in the Philippines which is popular for it’s hair benefits and medicinal properties. The bark of the Gugo tree is soaked in water, then the juice is squeezed out and lathered all over the hair. No need for surfactants, SLS or foaming agents. The saponin in Gugo clears the scalp and strengthens the hair strands.

The Zenutrients Gugo Strengthening Shampoo lathered really well and left my scalp feeling squeaky clean but not dry. The Gugo Strengthening Conditioner’s mint-scented cream formula was easy to spread and left my hair soft but not slimy. I expected it to be heavy and “bagsak” but to my surprise (when my hair dried out), the strands were so light, a simple breeze from the fan would send all the hair strands all flying over my face. This is good if you wish to keep your hair straight and free flowing. Tie it up if you want to. If you’re about to style your hair though, you will need to apply mousse, hair serum or hair spray just to keep your strands in place and to put a little bit of weight on the hair.

Overall, I am impressed with this duo and will be using it until it’s empty.

The Zenutrients Gugo Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner are available at Zenutrients kiosks and at their main branch at 57 East Capitol Drive, Pasig City. Thanks to Sample Room for sending the sample kit for me to try.

Price:

250 ml – P249

500 ml – P465

1 liter – P790

Sample Room and Human Nature Stash!

I put together this quick VLOG to show you some of the goodies I got from Sample Room and Human Nature. I haven’t done this in a while and I blame my separation from my beloved portable drive (that’s a long story which I will talk about in another VLOG). Anyway, if you’re new here and you’ve never heard of Sample Room, it’s a web community I’ve been a part of for years now. They believe in empowering the Filipina consumer by allowing her to try out products for free before splurging.

It’s no laughing matter when you spend so much for skin and hair products or make-up, only to find out that you’re allergic to certain ingredients. Some products will cause you to react in a matter of minutes while others can take from 24-48 hours. Once you find out that your body has no adverse reaction, then you can decide if you’ll purchase them full size or not.

Also included in the video are the contents of the Human Nature box I received.

Covering Jacqueline Whitmore’s Press Conference in Manila

When I heard that Jacqueline Whitmore would be one of the speakers for the 16th Achievers and Leaders Summit at Shangri-la, I immediately got in touch with Salt and Light Ventures to inquire about the learning event. The Achievers and Leaders Summit is a conference that brings together influential leaders of various fields with ideas that inspire and provoke change. The event is often well-attended, allowing companies and individuals to be briefly mentored by world-class speakers towards a better work life. This year, the focus of the ALS is Creating Leadership Value.

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Jacqueline Whitmore is an international etiquette expert, a bestselling author and a certified speaking professional. With years of experience under her belt handling various functions, Jacqueline has developed and defined her own leadership brand which she has seamlessly tied up with her etiquette expertise.

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She has released three books so far: Poised for Success, How to Mingle, Network and Remember Names and Business Class: Etiquette Essentials for Success at Work.

Below are snippets from the press conference.

SAMPLE ROOM MEDIA LAUNCH

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I have been working with Sample Room for about four years now. I met Sophie Uy (one of the founders) when we were chosen as two of the 10 Women of Confidence here in the Philippines.

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We kept in touch after that and discovered we shared the same faith. Sample Room was just starting out back then and I agreed to help them get the word out. You’re probably wondering, “Why did it take so long for Sample Room to be officially launched?”
13217329_1044702678933732_4352591042587876423_oWell number 1, it’s a start-up. The four founders Sophie Uy, Katherine Sy, Diana Ong and Nats Toh know each other from school and all have their own businesses. The whole concept of TRYVERTISING was completely new back then and it took a while for brands to actually warm up to it. With the rise of subscription boxes and the growing popularity of online reviews (which a lot of consumers now turn to before making any product purchase), brands soon realized the value of a community wherein real people can actually try out their products and give them authentic feedback about it. If I were the brand, that would actually serve me well–I get to create buzz about my product, I get real reviews and I’ll know if there are things I still need to improve.

Sample Room is also greatly beneficial to consumers who are always on the lookout for new products. The thing is, we have to be well-aware of the fact that not all products work well with our skin type and body chemistry. Imagine purchasing an entire bottle of moisturizer that costs a fortune only to find out three days after trying it, that it’ll cause your skin to break out? Would you still insist on using the product just because you spent a fortune on it? I don’t think so. That’s where Sample Room comes in.

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You can sign up with an email address for free and get 100 points upon successful registration. These points are what you use to avail of free samples on the website. Each product has a corresponding number of points. After you pick your products, pay for the delivery fee and once they arrive, you can peacefully try them out right in the comfort of your own home. Within a week of trying it out, you can write about your experience on the Sample Room website and replenish the points you spent.

Give http://www.sampleroom.ph a visit and sign up now! Check out the VLOG I managed to film in between my hosting duties for them.


Congratulations to Team Sample Room! Thanks for inviting me to be a part of this wonderful milestone. Special thanks as well to all the brand partners who were at the event:

Baby Foot
Beauty and Butter
Belo Nutraceuticals
Bondi Lifestyle
C-Lium Fibre
Cure Philippines
Fuji Film Philippines
Lux
Laneige
Pantene
Shiseido
Soffia Beauty
Vaseline
Zenutrients