DISCOVERING MY COLOR SEASON

I remember going through a quick color swatch during one of my classes at John Robert Powers many years ago. I was a teenager then and was completely clueless about the power of colors. I would randomly pick clothes that I thought looked cool or trendy without thinking so much if they were in the right color for my skin tone. The result? I ended up spending a lot of money on clothes that really didn’t make me look my best.

Discovering your color season will prove to be very helpful when you go shopping, get your hair dyed or even do your make-up. It’s a journey of self-discovery and acceptance–there really are times when a dress would look smashing on a model but have the opposite effect on you. There’d be moments when you try to replicate a make-up look but end up frustrated because you can’t seem to nail it. Don’t doubt your skills entirely; maybe the colors just aren’t right for you.

The Color Theory revolves around the four basic seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. This doesn’t mean that your skin tone corresponds to the season of your present location. I live in sunny Metro Manila but my color season is Cool Winter. :-p My natural hair color is black (which of course, due to kikay purposes, I have dyed since I graduated from college), my eye color is dark brown and my skin is light with some yellow and pink undertones.

Color Analysis Spging

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Once you know your colors, it will be easier for you to tell if a dress is worth buying. Is it in your color or will it make you look washed-out? Will it make your skin glow? What hair color shades can you play around with? Watch the video below to learn more!

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