A Hair Cut Before Chinese New Year Can Bring Good Luck!

A friend of my mentioned this little superstition to me, so I thought it would be a good time to post about my mini makeover with celebrity hairstylist, Jing Monis.

The obligatory before shot!

The obligatory before shot!

At this point, it had been about 7 months since my last hair cut and over a year since my last hair color. OMG, I was ready (but nervous!) for the change.

The regrowth (and my white hair!) is no joke, guys.

The regrowth (and my white hair!) is no joke, guys. Look how black my hair really is!

I usually have a peg for Jing to follow, but this time around, I just let him do his thing. I just told him that I wanted a cut that fell above my shoulders, color that can help camouflage my greys, and highlights that’ll add more depth to my strands.

Mixing, mixing! Let the coloring process begin!

Mixing, mixing! Let the coloring process begin!

Since I don’t like having my hair color retouched too often, Jing gave me a chestnut brown base so the re-growth won’t be too obvious and opted to use a tone down-slash-balayage technique for my highlights.

The waiting game! The whole cut-and-color process took about 4 hours.

The waiting game! The whole cut-and-color process took about 4 hours (I also had a treatment to help reverse some of the chemical damage).

After they were rinsed my hair, I noticed that my highlights were really light. I asked why and they said it was because they used the toning down process to lighten my hair color. Hmm…I think for next time, I will opt the usual foil and balayage painting technique though. I feel like that technique blends more naturally with my strands, but if you’re going for a more blonde effect, then the toning down process will probably be better for you.  Continue reading

New Hair…Kinda!

After waiting for months, I finally got an appointment with my love, Jing Monis. Oh my gosh, he’s so in demand—but always sooo worth the wait! I’ve been itching to cut my hair because the length was just too much for me to handle already. Guess I’m really a short hair kinda girl now.

The peg: a toned-down version of Khloe's light brown, ombré style for summer! My hair won't look like this yet, but that's what we're planning on doing—if I don't get tempted to cut it short again. Haha!

This was supposed to be my hair peg for the summer, but it’s way too hot in Manila—and I don’t have the time to blow dry my hair every day! Read about my past cut and coloring adventure here.

So...snip-snip! Into the stylist's chair I go. I'm so happy!

So…snip-snip! Into the stylist’s chair I go. I’m so happy!

Now here’s the struggle for gals with colored hair: maintenance! My color turned a bit brassy and the ends were super dry. I’d stay away from chemical treatments at this point to help my hair recover, but I have lots of big events coming up. To lessen the damage, I just had my roots retouched…but Jing had a better idea.

"After leaving the color on the roots for 10 minutes, I comb through to spread it until the ends," explains Jing. "This allows it to blend beautifully with your old color while removing any rusty tones. The best part? It's less damaging on your strands."

“After leaving the color on the roots for 10 minutes, I comb through to spread it until the ends,” explains Jing. “This allows it to blend beautifully with your old color while removing any rusty tones. The best part is, it’s less damaging on your strands.”

After any chemical processing, I always make time for a treatment. Tried the Keratin Infusion Treatment (starts at P1,550) and my hair feels much softer now.

After any chemical processing, I always make time for a treatment. Tried the Keratin Infusion Treatment (starts at P1,550) and my hair feels much softer now. Yay!

And now for the big reveal…Clickity-click to check out my (kinda) new ’do and see how it compares to my old cut! Continue reading

Get Lippie Tuesday: Happy Skin Gets StyLIZed

I’ve got some exciting beauty and fashion news for you! Celebrity stylist Liz Uy collaborated with Happy Skin to create her own line of fab lippies. “Lipstick is a fashion essential because it completes a woman’s look,” she explains.

Just gorgeous! For this limited edition collection, the Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me lipsticks come in chic, chrome packaging.

Just gorgeous! For this limited edition collection, the Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me lipsticks come in chic, chrome packaging. The price? P599 each.

During the press launch, Liz revealed that one of her requirements before agreeing to partner with the brand was that the lippie packaging had to come in chrome. Such a fab idea and it really does amp up the glam!

Because Valentine's Day is just around the corner, how about heart swatches? The shades: (l-r) Red Carpet, 24 Carats, and Style Icon.

Because Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, how about some heart swatches? The shades: (l-r) Red Carpet, 24 Carats, and Style Icon.

I have to admit that when I first saw the colors, I found them fashionably fab….but predictable. Lipsticks are always exciting, but I’ve played around with reds, neutrals, and fuchsias before. After I swiped them on though, it turned out to be a different (beauty) story.

One makeup look = Three different shades of lipstick. See how your face can transform based on the color of your lippie?

One makeup look = Three different shades of lipstick. See how your face can transform based on the color of your lippie?

Liz says that the right lip color can change your entire look—just like shoes! And as you can see, she’s totally right. I felt sassy with 24 carats, sweet with Style Icon, and sexy with Red Carpet. All it took were a few swipes of a fresh color to create a new vibe! Now that I’ve tried ’em all, allow me to change my opinion. I think the colors are just superb (especially for Asian skintones!) and I really do like that the moisturizing formula glides on like a dream!

Regular swatches for a better perspective.  Don't underestimate it for your typical shades when you see it in the stick. Once you swipe it on your lips, the colors are quite unique and very flattering on Pinay skintones.

Regular swatches for a better perspective. Don’t underestimate these for your typical shades when you see it in the stick. Once you swipe it on your lips, the colors are quite unique and very flattering.

The peachy-nude and vivid pink are my favorites. But really—you should get the whole set because it comes with a chic, acrylic clutch. Take a look:

Perfect for going out! Love how the boxes create a little puzzle of Liz's style essentials, too.

Perfect for going out! Love how the boxes create a little puzzle of Liz’s style essentials, too.

The clutch retails at P1,799, with all three lippies included. It might be a little pricey, but I’m telling you, these are all the basic shades you will ever need in your beauty arsenal. I wish I could tell you not to get it, but I can’t deny that it’s really a fab makeup investment. Well done, Liz and Happy Skin!

More pics of what happened at the launch of Liz’s Happy Skin StyLIZed collection and a peek at the other set (it’s a cute leatherette case) it comes in, too! Continue reading