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

Sparkle Bites: Kanguru PH Food Delivery

It’s finally Friday! One of the things I love doing on weekends is catching up on my favorite series. What are you currently watching? I’m super addicted to Jane The Virgin! I was crushing on Rafael in Season 1, but now, I’m crushing on the guy who plays Rogelio IRL. Haha, don’t judge :p

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Sometimes I watch on Hooq, sometimes I watch on Netflix. The only constant? My face mask!

One of the challenges of staying in is ordering yummy food to binge on (I’m a very picky eater and I have insane cravings). On top of that, ordering delivery for just one person can get challenging—especially if the minimum amount is huge and the wait time is over an hour.

That's why I was thrilled when I heard about Kanguru! It's a new food delivery service app, which allows you to order right from your iPhone!

That’s why I was thrilled when I heard about Kanguru! It’s a new food delivery service app that allows me to order right from my iPhone!

I like that I can shop for food via an app and just add things to my cart—as if I’m online shopping. It means that I won’t have to talk to a (sometimes cranky) rep on the phone or listen to promos being pushed.

Just download this from the app store (available for Philippine accounts only) and you're good to go!

Just click on the link here to download this from the app store (available for Philippine accounts only) and you’re good to go!

It’s a new way of ordering food for the not-so-tech savvy, so I’m going to walk you through the process. Find out how it goes after the jump! Continue reading

#GetLippieTuesday

Happy Skin finally has its very own boutiques in Glorietta 3 and it’s just so pretty!

Sigh. I wish this was the entrance to my boudoir.

Sigh. I kinda wish this was the entrance to my boudoir.

And yup, the place is perfect for selfies, too!

It’s got lots of spots that are perfect for selfies—that’s a must when you’re trying on new makeup!

So basically, you won't really want to leave until you've taken photos and played around with all their products. Hehe!

So basically, you won’t really want to leave until you’ve taken IG-worthy photos and played around with all their products. Hehe!

My favorite little nook is the corner on the far left (where the mirror is). It’s like a little bar where you can sit down and get a “Lips-spection.”

You can take a fun quiz and discover the best lippie for you!

Look for this clipboard! You can take a fun quiz and discover the best lippie for you—fun!

While at the store, I also got to take a look at their 2015 holiday collection. Happy Skin always has fab sets packaged beautifully, so I was excited to see what they’d come up with this year.

This is what I got because I couldn't resist the name!

Ugh, cutesy book sets with makeup inside! How can you resist this??

This set comes with two lippies from the Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Power Pout Moisturizing Lip Lacquer line. You guys have to see the colors—they’re actually better on your lips than in the tube! Check them out and see what it looks like on me after the jump! Continue reading

New Fave: Keratin Complex Vanilla Bean Hair Treatment

I was watching this video the other day and I found it super hilarious! Loved the reaction of the guy (at the 0:51 mark) when the girl flipped her hair. He was totally mesmerized!

I’ve worked as the beauty editor for Cosmo Philippines for several years, but I don’t think I’ve (knowingly) tried the hair flip move on a guy—but it would be interesting to see if it works. Before I say “challenge accepted” though, I should make sure my hair smells extra good.

It all started with this Keratin Vanilla Bean Hair Treatment that I got at the Jing Monis Salon.

One way to do that is with the Keratin Complex Vanilla Bean Hair Treatment at the Jing Monis Salon (starts at P1,500). It’s supposed to be great for repairing damage from swimming and helps balance dry scalps.

The treatment really helped soften my strands a lot and it got rid of the tiny, dry flakes on my scalp—but what I couldn’t get over was the delicious vanilla scent! It actually reminded me of another beauty tidbit (also learned from Cosmo) about how most men LOVE the scent of vanilla on women. There’s something yummy about the edible scent that just makes them go weak at the knees (it’s supposedly a natural aphrodisiac).

So, yeah…Challenge accepted! Haha, but only because it’ll be fun to see if there’s some truth to these theories about hair flipping and vanilla fragrances! I agree with what one of the girls said at the end of video—you don’t really need these moves. Just sit there and be cute!

What do you think of these “get-the-guy” hair moves? Think you’ll be trying any of them soon for fun? ♥

Beauty Directory

Jing Monis Salon 3/F Greenbelt Mall, Paseo De Roxas, Makati City; (02)893-4098, (0906)5154848; www.thejingmonissalon.com.

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

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