Sunday, June 24, 2012

Quick FOTD post by Avon: Working on a Sinful Saturday

 
I admittedly hate working on Saturdays - who wouldn't? But in the rare times that I had to, I just make sure to dress and look my best for the better things after work. Hurray for the weekend! :) 

So here's my FOTD yesterday using True Colors ES Quad in Earth Tones, Everlasting Eyeliner in Shimmering Black and Simply Pretty Lipstick in Coral Pink, all from Avon.

How about you? What's inspires you when you have to work on a sinfully lazy weekend? :)


Thanks ma for the new toys! :)
I'm still perfecting using liquid eyeliner since I'm more used to using the gel type.

This coral pink lipstick is so close to my natural lip color. I think I'm going to hoard. :)

Hmm, someone's checking me out! ;-P









Thursday, June 21, 2012

Nuffnang Alert: The Amazing Spider Man - Energizer Contest


Energizer and Nuffnang power up my life by providing me with the energy I need for life's great surprises!

As a confessed OC girl, I can't afford to settle for anything less. I only use the most  trusted brands and will never compromise quality over price. As such, Energizer has been the choice of not only myself, but my whole family when it comes to batteries. My first ever digital camera (circa 2004) run on AA batteries, and Energizer never failed to provide me with the long lasting power I need to snap my most treasured memories. Aside from powering so many things at home - from giant clocks to remote controls, even my niece's toys - what's most important is how Energizer come very handy in emergency situations (typhoons are so scary nowadays!), powering heavy duty emergency supplies like emergency lights, flash lights, battery operated radio and so much more. 


Because I value quality and safety, I only trust Energizer: Makers of the World’s Longest Lasting Batteries. 


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Gratitude List: I Feel So Close To You Right Now


My Gratitude List posts are normally collections of people, things, experiences, even simple thoughts that touched me positively one way or another. Last night, I stumbled into a situation that I've been shamelessly running away from - for twelve months to be exact. It's inevitable. After all the disappointment, the anger, the gazillion things that occupied my heart and mind, it still managed to crawl back to my consciousness no matter how hard I tried to ignore it, or find reasons to justify its non -existence. Is this my Zahir? I don't know.

What I'm sure about rather, is that I'm grateful for just one thing today. I'm so happy to receive a call from Him. The Big Man above. The First Mover. And just like that, I found myself on the road as if my feet have a mind of its own and know exactly where I should be.

Taken in Zambales, 2012

This song by Calvin Harris also played over and over again. A sign? Could be, could also be just another popular song. But this is exactly how I felt today, and even just for that, I am eternally grateful.


I feel so close to you right now 
It's a force field 
I wear my heart upon my sleeve, like a big deal  
Your love pours down on me, surrounds me like a waterfall  
And there's no stopping us right now 
I feel so close to you right now



Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Review: My Ultimate MedSpa Experience


If you're one of my wonderful followers, you may have noticed that I love going to spas. While I don't document each spa I visit, my usual SNS posts will contain my oft-uttered pleasures: Massage, Facial, Spa, De-stress. When I don't have work on weekends, you'll normally find me wandering the streets of BF Homes or BF Resort (I'm such a South Girl) to get my usual dose of self-pampering. 

When Perps Med Spa contacted me to try their services, I immediately agreed. Not only does it sit right in front of our village gate, the hospital that operates it is truly a familiar one - The Perpetual Help Medical Center Las Pinas. My whole family goes to "Perps" as we fondly call it, for our medical needs. While I'm always open to try new spas available (provided it passed my personal standards in quality and hygiene) it's always good to know that I now have a choice of going to one that is backed up by an established medical institution. 

I tried their Combination Massage, Facial with Collagen mask, Diamond peel, Mesorejuvenation and Ultra Cavitation Treatment. Boy I was pampered like a princess for three solid hours! :)

Perps MedSpa is part of the Wellness Complex of Perpetual Help Medical Center. It's right beside the hospital and is located along Alabang-Zapote Road, Times, Las Pinas City. Sad part is that the facility is blocked by the city overpass, and there were not enough signage or branding outside to drive people to try them out. Working in the Comms/Marketing industry, I told Carlo that they should consider these factors since they have such wonderful facilities and services (and reasonable prices, too), it's a waste for people not to know about them.

Reception Area
Lounge where clients are offered drinks and magazines while waiting


COMBINATION MASSAGE

The therapist escorted me to a private massage room. They have solo rooms, couple's rooms and sauna facilities. This is a big plus since not all spas offer this much privacy. Some of the spas I visited only use curtains to separate the massage beds. This is okay, but a solo room is so much better! :)  

My therapist is courteous and very careful, always checking if I'm okay with the pressure of her strokes. With dimmed lights and peaceful ambiance, I dozed off several times. I hope I didn't snore, though! Their massages start at Php 300 only.

Fresh towels and robes and clean smelling room
Private Sauna facility

FACIAL CLEANING WITH COLLAGEN MASK

My favorite among the services I tried. First, I'm so glad to know that all their staff are registered nurses, except for the massage therapists. Second, the nurse who did my facial, Nurse Mawen, is super nice and pleasant. We managed to become friends in a matter of minutes. She's also very skilled and explained to me my skin condition, how best to care for it and so on. I'm so happy with her that I purchased three facial sessions which I can redeem in the coming months. Their facial cleaning with mask starts at Php 300 only.

Diamond Peel exfoliates dead skin to reveal fairer, younger looking one
Collagen Mask to tighten my skin and refine my pores. Mawen also applied concentrated Vitamin C (Mesorejuvenation) to nourish and detoxify my skin.


ULTRA CAVITATION TREATMENT 

This treatment is meant to reduce water content and sculpt areas such as waist, buttocks, arms and thighs. This is best done with MesoTherapy where the fat cells are targeted, and of course, a healthy diet. I tried Ultra Cavitation before and it worked in both occasions in reducing the appearance of cellulite on my tummy. Just remember that this alone will not entirely change the shape of your body, it's a whole system/process that should be supervised by a licensed doctor. The good thing is that Perps MedSpa has a resident doctor who's also affiliated with The Zen Institute, who can help you step by step. :) She recommended a diet plan for me, too. 

The treatment room where facials and other cosmetic procedures are done
The Ultra Cavitation machine
You'll hear a ringing sound during the procedure, and it's perfectly normal. Make sure to stick with the doctor-approved treatment duration as EXTREME ABUSE of this procedure may cause damage to internal organs. Safety first.
They apply gel on the area before applying circular motion using the machine. Excuse my fatness, please! :D


I'm one happy camper. Their prices are very reasonable and with their facilities and quality of service (only R.N.s can touch your face!), you get the value for your money if not more. I'm coming back soon to get my facial and diamond peel (this time on personal expense) because I really liked their service. When you try Perps MedSpa, look for their Manager, Marge and Nurse Mawen. They are both very nice and pretty, too! :) 

Other services they have are: 

Body scrub, Botox treatment, Dermapoint treatment (which I'm saving up for!), Dermaroller, Face and Body whitening, Gluthathione/Vit C / Placenta IV, IL treatment, Laser hair removal and Laser skin rejuvenation.

Mesotherapy, Mesotherapy for hair, Resolift treatment, Resonax treatment, TCA 15%, UL treatment, Ultralipo treatment, underarm whitening and warts/moles/syringoma removal.
 
For inquiries and appointments, please contact Perps Med Spa at 874-8515 loc 724


PS: Thanks to Carlo of their PR/Marketing Team for inviting me to review Perps MedSpa. All comments and feedback are solely mine. :)


From the Nook,
Dang

Sunday, June 10, 2012

My Official Date Hair by TIGI BedHead Headrush



A few weeks ago, I received a pleasant surprise from a lovely friend (hello, K!). It was good enough for me to get my hands on the TIGI BeadHead HeadRush, since I've been seeing interesting (not to mention super cute and colorful!) TIGI products when I was in Singapore, but never got the chance to buy one. Why? I won't deny it, I think I have nice hair already. So hair products other than shampoo, conditioner and mask, are marked as nice to haves rather than necessity in my shopping list. 

So when I finally get to try a TIGI product, I was stoked but honestly did not expect some drastic changes on my locks. Little did I know that I was in for a great treat, that will drive even my non-metrosexual in every sense boyfriend.

TIGI BeadHead HeadRush promises to give hair extreme gloss and superior coverage. I naturally have shiny  hair, but years of hair coloring (red, brown, copper, blonde - name it) somehow made my hair less shiny that I decided to dye my hair black again to give it a rest. Darker hair appears naturally shinier that lighter ones. When I first tried HeadRush, the gloss effect was instant. I tied my hair in half pony and sprayed it all over to give it more shine. It's light enough and non-sticky and a far cry from traditional hair polish and mineral oils which makes hair shinier but heavier and a lot oilier (as in langis ng niyog type) too. But this is not the revelation. Apparently, my boyfriend who's already immune to my whole gamut of beauty products, was actually impressed not only by how shiny my hair is, but how bango (good smelling) it is! Whenever I use HeadRush, my hair smells sweet and fruity, and it stays that way the whole day. I thought I was the only one who fell for this sweet smelling fine mist, but the fact that he noticed it, and he noticed it a lot, means HeadRush is really a cut from the rest. For this reason, I dubbed this product as My Official Date Hair. =D




LIKES:
  • Light weight and non sticky 
  • Makes hair glossy but not oily 
  • Comes in a pressurized spray bottle; no tub dipping or messy creams on your hand
  • Easy to use, just spray on dry hair and you're good to go
  • Super sweet smelling, perfect for your 50 First Dates! =) 
  • It doesn't hurt to have a colorful, cute bottle right?

DISLIKES:
  • Not widely available
  • More expensive than drugstore brands

I took some photos of my HeadRushed hair to give you and idea of how much shine it can give. I didn't use flash to avoid "fake" shine from bouncing light. 






Of course I don't intend to use HeadRush only for dating! I'm just glad it also doubles as My Official Meeting Hair, too! :)


Pardon the quality of the photos as these were taken after 3 succeeding meetings using my camera phone.

So, should you try the TIGI BeadHead HeadRush? Yes! If your hair is dull and lacks shine and you equally hate using oily hair polish and creams, then you will love HeadRush. Plus, you get that perfect smelling hair all day, too! The price is a little hefty though at over a thousand pesos for 200ml bottle, but it can actually last a long time.

Where to find TIGI BedHead Products: 

Basement Salons {Rockwell, Shangri La, Eastwood}, Essensuals {Megamall, Trinoma, 6750} Emphasis Rockwell, Henri Calayag {GB Residences}, Studio 546 {Shangri La Mall}, TIGI Bed Head Office {Pasig City}. 

If you're in Singapore, or HongKong, I've seen TIGI products in Sasa stores. For review of the TIGI product for curly hair, please visit my BFF's page HERE. :)

Have a great Sunday, loves! Sorry for my long absence, work has been really demanding lately, but here's me hoping to post more and hear more from you. I love reading your comments so fire away! :)


From the Nook,
Dang