Sparkle Bites: My First Spinning Class At Saddle Row (Part 1)

Actually, it was my first spinning class ever. I had no clue what to expect, but I was super excited to try it!

saddlerow-rowing-cycling-the-fort-bgc-serendra-review

I was invited by celeb makeup artist, Jigs Mayuga, to take a community class at Saddle Row before they officially open. And yay—Alyanna and Jigs’ boyfriend, George, were there, too!

All I can say is that the 45-minute class was a lot of fun! It’s challenging for those who don’t workout (like me!), but it’s something you definitely have to try.

This is like the lounge area and the lockers are right across it. The area is kinda tight, but cozy enough.

This is the cozy lounge area and the lockers are right across it. They also have a nice shower area, so you can freshen up after class.

After you register, they’ll ask for your shoe size and give you special cycling shoes to wear with clips at the bottom. I loved putting them on, because I felt like I was getting geared up for an adventure!

Cute, right? There are metal clips at the bottom and it kinda feels like you're walking on uneven ice skates.

Cute, right? There are metal clips at the bottom and it kinda feels like you’re walking on uneven ice skates.

Honestly though? I also felt a bit overwhelmed by the experience at first. I’m not super athletic and new situations always make me feel nervous. The venue can be a bit intimidating—especially if you’re surrounded by people who already know their way around. But the Saddle Row crew is very reassuring and they’re happy to guide you through the process, so don’t be shy to ask for help!

Whoa.

Whoa, these aren’t your typical bikes! And btw, isn’t the underground vibe super cool?

When our instructor (hi Topper!) found out that it was my first time, he reassured me that I could do it, and more importantly, that I’d enjoy it. Some classes get competitive and they even post your speed on the wall for everyone to see, but Topper’s class was all about riding to the music and moving to the beat (loved that!).

More about my Saddle Row experience and check out their special introductory rates (50% off!) after the jump! Continue reading

Sparkle Bites: Heatwave Shoes

Okay, the blog is officially branching out! As you all know, I started a section called Sparkle Bites where I plan on featuring more lifestyle, travel, fashion, and food finds. I think it’s fun to talk about other things every now and then, right?

It’s for Heatwave! This is what I saw when I entered. For a beauty girl, it was intimidating. Hehe!

Thank my lucky stars that my first event was for shoes, so it was fun to check out the new styles. The last time I did any major shoe shopping was years ago (yes, really), so I desperately needed to hunt for new heels.

Choices, choices! During the launch, we got to pick any pair we wanted. I had no idea what to get.

I bumped into one of my Titas (Aunts) at the event and she immediately shrieked, “The heels are so comfortable! I’ve been wearing them all day!” That piqued my curiosity, but really, it was hard to believe. Heels + comfort are two words that are rarely paired.

But you know what? I think my Tita was right! They’re comfy—and the designs are sexy!

LOL, but my Tita was right. They are super comfy, but you really have to try the heels on to believe it. But trust me—when you slip the heels on, your feet will know the difference. They just fit better and feel softer around the skin. Like a nice shoe hug.

Took a snap of me and Erin of Candy. We couldn’t decide which pair to get!

I really liked the blue because it was different and I wanted a nice pop of color for my outfits. But the leopard—it seemed like a daring and fun pick, too. Erin was trying to convince me to go for the leopard, and since she’s a fashion editor, she was really making sense. She even Googled outfit pegs just to prove her point!

As much as I wanted the leopard, I was kinda iffy about whether I could pull them off. They just seemed so “roar” to me. You know what I mean? It might be kinda…tacky. I wore ballet flats that were leopard before and loved them, but I wasn’t too sure if I could pull this print off anymore—especially in heels.

Guys. I got both of them! Haha, I didn’t realize that there was a dangerous side to attending fashion events—I’ll end up spending!

Curious to see which pair I got? I think you know what I’m leaning towards, but keep reading—you’re in for a surprise! The big reveal (and a few #OOTDs) after the jump! Continue reading

Spa Review: Clarins Stubborn Curves Solution

Have you visited the Clarins Spa in Rustan’s Makati yet? It’s one of my happy places!

Claris Skin Spa has massages and specialized treatments for the face and body.

Clarins Skin Spa has massages and specialized treatments for the face and body. Wish you could smell how amazing it is here!

I was excited when my gal pal, Alyanna, invited me to try out the new Clarins treatment for stubborn fat. It works by flushing out any toxins and excess water that your body retains, so you don’t look bloated.

Alyanna explains the lowdown about the new Clarins products.

Alyanna and Clarins Training Manager, Pam Aguirre, explain how the products work here. I realized that I tend to hold more weight around my tummy and hips, so I was excited to get rid of the bloating in that area.

What’s nice about Clarins is that you can buy the products and do the treatments at home. But of course, it’s waaay more relaxing to just head to the spa and have the therapists use their special massage techniques on you.

The super relaxing treatment room! Love the clouds on the ceiling.

The heavenly treatment room! Love the clouds on the ceiling!

I tried The Stubborn Curves Solution Body Treatment (P2,600 for 60 minutes). It focuses on massaging the stomach, arms, and hips to help you release any water retention while firming your skin. The therapist touches you very gently, urges you to relax with easy breathing techniques, and uses pinching motions during the massage to help loosen the stubborn fat. All I can say is that it’s super relaxing and feels like a whole body massage already. I didn’t want it to end!

Thanks for the special spa treat, Alyanna!

Thanks for the special spa treat, Alyanna!

I’ve only tried the treatment once, but I do feel like the skin around my arms firmed up. As for my tummy? Hmm, maybe I’ll need to continue the creams at home more (always massage upwards and towards the heart). I’ll definitely be back for a facial or whole body treatment next month as a treat! I went in looking so tense and left looking a lot more relaxed. Phew!

Beauty Directory
Claris Skin Spa 5/F Rustan’s Makati, (02)817-8414. Click here for a list of their services.

Insta-Fresh Makeup Trick

Been sleeping late or partying hard over the weekend? Or are you just getting off a long-haul flight? Then you’re going to want to try this celeb-approved eye makeup trick: use a peach-based eye correcting concealer!

While hanging out with my friend, Alyanna, she said dark circles were plaguing her right now. So I brought her to the Shiseido counter and showed her my latest makeup fix for this problem.

While hanging out with my friend, Alyanna, she said dark circles were plaguing her. So I brought her to the Shiseido counter and showed her my latest makeup fix for this problem.

It's the Shiseido Sheer Eye   Zone Corrector! I actually wrote about this recently—you can check it out here.

It’s the Shiseido Sheer Eye Zone Corrector in 106 Warm Beige. I actually wrote about this recently, but in a different shade. Check it out here for more natural makeup tips.

If you're dealing with really dark, purplish circles, you need to apply an orangey, peach-shade corrector before your concealer. This way, it can cover up any shadows easily without leaving a gray cast.

If you’re dealing with really dark, purplish circles, apply this orangey-peach shade before your concealer. This trick can cover up any shadows easily without leaving a gray cast.

While at the Shiseido counter, Alyanna shared her cool beauty trick to looking more wide-eyed and awake. I’ve actually tried the trick before, but I could never pull it off because I was using the wrong eye pencil and the wrong color. Good thing she schooled me! Find out what her eye-catching trick is (it’s reportedly Jessica Simpson’s beauty move also) after the jump! Continue reading

More Christmas Gift Ideas!

There were a lot of events last week and all had one agenda—to help everyone Christmas shop! If you need more gift ideas, head to these beauty stops:

Beauty Stop 1: Calyxta.com
Don’t want to be bothered with crowded malls or crazy traffic? Beauty aficionados can shop for hard-to-find brands online via Calyxta.com. They just launched last December 1 and carry cult-fave products from Tarte, Lime Crime, Urban Decay, and Hourglass.

Say hi to beauty experts Erica, Alyanna, Cat, Xeng, and Amanda of Team Calyxta! Visit their pretty website here to shop and read their get-pretty tips!

See that red lipstick? That's the Besame lippie in Hot Red. They say it's the exact shade Marilyn Monroe used to wear. A more detailed review here.

See that red lipstick? That’s the Besame lippie in Hot Red (P1,595). They say it’s the exact shade Marilyn Monroe used to wear. A more detailed review here.

Want! The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette and the Besame Cake Mascara because I love vintage makeup!

Want! The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette (P3,750) and the Besame Cake Mascara (P1,595) because I have a new love for vintage makeup!

Beauty Stop 2: LUSH
Do you want to build a snowman? Well, now you can! Inspired by Disney’s Frozen, these multi-purpose soaps can be molded into your very own Olaf! It’s perfect for your little nieces—or your gal pal who’s obsessed with the movie. 

Fun with the Summit Media girls! Just slap on a pair of rubber gloves to keep ’em clean and shape your soap—just like play dough!

We had lots of soaps and colors to play with, so click on this to get a better visual of what it’ll be like to build your Lush Snowman. When shaping, the soap feels just like play-doh! P.S. Rubber gloves optional.

Wait, there’s more! The scoop on more holiday beauty goodies (like Oprah’s favorite moisturizer + gifts that’ll impress your guy’s mom) after the jump! Continue reading

12