March 31, 2018

Get Effortless Big Sexy Waves The Lazy Way

I don’t know about you but I am kind of been judgmental of the perm for far too long. I have had straight hair for as long as I can remember. I must admit I feel my straight hair is boring albeit only some times. Yes, I curl my hair on occasion because I also think that curled hair besides that it looks fancy, it also makes hair looks alive and lustrous. But come on, if I got to be honest, I am a working woman and I don’t have the time and the energy of styling my hair with the curling iron all the time.

It would be very nice to wake up with an already styled look, like waking up every morning with beautiful beach waves. But no, that’s not always the case when you get a perm. I have had friends who went to the salon to get digital perms yet they weren’t able to achieve those beach waves and they end up with old fashioned and super curly hair. They also revealed to me that having permed hair is not wash-and-wear at all. 

March 29, 2018

4 Ways To Keep Your Cosmetics Clean And Spotless

Cleaning and keeping your makeup fresh and dirt free is essential since you use it put it on your face and other parts of your body. As these products rarely require an expiration date, you better use your sense to decide when it is time toss away a product or needs refreshment. There are easy ways to keep your makeup and makeup tools clean and disinfected so that you reduce the chance of getting a skin condition like rash or eye infections.

Cleaning your mascara and keeping it fresh is quite important. It is water based and as soon as you notice a change in color or smell you know you have to toss it out. You can clean the brush that comes with the bottle by putting her under the sink and apply slight pressure with your hands. In order to keep your mascara and eyeliner safe for a long time try keeping the air out of the bottle, seal it tight and avoid pumping it up and down, because it can spoil the liquid.

March 28, 2018

Hair Extensions and Misconceptions

Hair extensions has become one of the hottest trends when it comes to beauty and fashion. I have always believed that having long full hair equates with femininity and beauty. Like I always narrate in my blog posts about hair extensions, we all know by now how Hollywood stars have been secretly using them for years and it is only in the recent years that stylists to the stars and stars themselves unapologetically admit to utilizing them. 

Because of that, the public has become curious and at the same time experimental about these beauty tools. After all, the ability to accomplish the effect of having long beautiful hair in a matter of minutes represent instant gratification. Making them a target of great interest and in turn suppliers come in, thus becoming readily available to the rest of us.

March 26, 2018

Brunching at Wildflour Cafe + Bakery BGC

According to John Gunther, "All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast." I am not a breakfast kinda gal as brunch is what I would usually prefer but if I do eat breakfast, I go big. Hailing from a country whose citizens staple food is rice, consuming a heavy breakfast consisting of a viand paired with rice is the most usual thing you would see in a Filipino home. 

I know people all over the world has their own version of breakfasts but I seriously don’t think I could last until lunch time with only toast or a bowl of cereals and oatmeal. And being a millennial (yes, I am. I was born 2 years after the start of its year range. Ha!), I must admit, I like brunch better but unlike the rest the world, my way of brunching is sans the cocktails. 

March 23, 2018

Natural vs. Artificial Beauty: The Endless Debate

I, with so many other females in the world, believe that every person is beautiful. The concept of beauty is extremely subjective, yes. Truth be told, beauty is as obvious as mysterious. And many people discredit the idea of inner beauty as a component of the real essence of beauty. And again, I am many of those who believe that in fact being beautiful inside-out is the whole essence of this ideology. I mean, seriously, will you be willing to be around someone all the time whose looks can ship her or him to be an international supermodel or celebrity because of his class A looks but has the worst attitude of all – overconfident, belittles others, feeling of self-entitlement? I know definitely I wouldn’t want someone like that in my life. 

And then there’s the lifelong debate about looking natural versus all-made up. Going through my usual routine of my day, I recently came across an article about which men likes more, a girl who doesn’t wear make-up or someone who does. And after reading that one article, there were many links leading to articles with the same theme. I honestly was appalled by this line of thinking. 

March 22, 2018

Colonial Spanish Cuisine at Café Ñ (Enye)

The letter Ñ, pronounced as "enye" is a quite unique character. It is considered a letter in its own right and has its own place in the alphabet. This letter has its roots in many other ancient languages and has its influence in many other vernaculars in the world, Ñ has been chosen to represent the identity of the Spanish language, especially as a result of the battle against its obliteration from computer keyboards by an English-led society.

A homegrown restaurant that I visited quite a while ago chose to name its business as Cafe Ñ (Enye). Just like the alphabet character, the restaurant's menu line up is greatly shaped by the Spanish cuisine, its influences to its then colonized lands, as well as states that occupied them in the past. Thus it won't come as a surprise to see dishes from Northern Morocco, Argentina, The Latin Americas and the Philippines. 

March 21, 2018

How Versatile are Hair Extensions? Here are Some Ways to Use Them.

Thinking of buying hair extensions but wondering what to do with them after a couple of use or you have already bought yours and use it a special occasion but now it is gathering dust in your closet or storage? Well, do not them go to waste knowing that you put a good amount of money when you purchase them. 

There are a myriad types of extensions for different hairstyles. Like me, if I could afford to buy them all, I would consider that possibility. But if I have only one or you have only we should make the most of it. The use of extensions are quite many if you are creative and have time to research you will have so many ideas to do your hair for each and every day. 

March 20, 2018

BBQ Parties Made Easy With The Plaza Catering

Barbecues and cookouts - there's no doubt that eating outdoors would be the highlight of this summer’s party happenings. I guess nothing beats meats that are cooked low and slow, and sides infused with comfort food flavors, may it be on your backyard, your village clubhouse or anywhere else, and most especially enjoying such festivities with your dear loved ones. I love barbeque, both local and international versions, and any invitation to eat them or at any BBQ-themed gathering, I won’t never say no to it, the answer is always a big “yes, count me in.” After all, nothing brings people together more than food, and nothing does that well than a barbecue, which I see as the ultimate way to meet new people. 

When it comes to menu planning for your BBQ Party especially if you’re inviting more than 10 persons to an afternoon of grilling, we all know that the worst part of hosting any get-together is the party planning stress. As much as possible we all want to enjoy a party to the fullest level and be able to mingle and entertain your guests all throughout. But if you’re the one doing all the cooking and prepping that is impossible to achieve. 

March 19, 2018

Feeling Fabulously Feline with Cat Eyeglasses

Have you noticed how fashion also goes on a cycle? Right now 90s fashion is the trend. By next year it might be the retro style of 50s or 60s that will emerge once more. But you know that classic accessories never goes out of style, it will only pop just about in any year or season of fashion. For eyewear, staple styles are the aviators, clubmasters and cat-eye shapes. 

The Cat eyeglass is an increasingly familiar and oddly alluring silhouette and was made famous by the Hollywood stars like Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and many other women of their time. Just check out the popular TV show "Mad Men" to see many of the different types of cat eyes that the ladies wore from that show. 

March 18, 2018

Johnny's Steak and Grill: Grilling at B Hotel QC

Meat-lovers unite! There’s a steakhouse in QC vying for a place among the big-ticket steakhouse sweepstakes and it is ready to satisfy your carnivore cravings: Johnny's Steak and Grill. Situated at the ground floor of B Hotel QC’s ground floor. Well, for one, B Hotel QC is a member of the Bellevue group of hotels so food and beverage is nothing new to them. 

At first you might think it’s an international brand, but the restaurant is all-Filipino and named after the chairman of the company, Mr. Johnny Chan.  But being one of the well-known names in the F&B business, expect nothing less than high-quality meats for their clients. They only use US Prime and Certified Angus Beef for Johnny’s steaks. 

March 17, 2018

Perfection Made Affordable

The smell of spring and summer is in the air! For sure a lot of us are excited with these upcoming seasons and will be planning a lot of trips and activities to avoid the feeling of FOMO. Ahhh, sunshine in our souls and salty air in our hair! Oh wait, some people don’t like that salty air in their hair, yeah, because that damages hair big time. As for me, I couldn’t care less, it is my favorite thing in the world and summer is my favorite season ever. 

But if you’re not like me, and you always feel not good about your hair. You know, not all women can say “I woke up like this”. I am one of them actually. The fact of the matter is, not everyone is a celebrity and we don’t actually wale up looking like this or far from being glamorous. But you know what it’s not a problem nowadays anymore. 

March 15, 2018

Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Oqtagon

I've visited Cebu three times in the past, but for me it was always only just a jump off point to Bohol or Siargao. I would just usually spend a day or day and a half in the Queen City of the South and I was not really able to experience this vibrant city. Cebu is probably the other city state outside of Luzon that is urbanized and equally progressive as Manila.

Although it is a metropolitan area, what I like about Cebu is that destinations where you can enjoy nature is easily within reach. Mountainous areas like in Busay is just a few minutes away from the city, world-class beach resorts in Mactan Island is just an hour away while Bantayan Island, Moalbal (diving site) and Oslob (whale shark watching) are just a few hours away.

March 14, 2018

Thin Hair To Seriously Thick Hair In A Flash

IMO, or should I say, generally speaking, a woman who wants to feel all girly or very feminine will feel or be associated in that way if she is wearing long luscious locks together with her most thought out outfit. Nothing beats the feeling walking down the street like you are walking down the runway with healthy-looking and bouncing hair. But if you have thin hair, you might think that’s a farfetched idea. 

The solution? Get extensions to fix this problem without further damaging your hair. Yes? Definitely! Luckily, hair extensions aren’t just for the red carpet or the VS runway. You can easily achieve your own mane transformation with a little help from these wonderful things. Hooray!

March 13, 2018

An Ultimate Guide To Choosing The Perfect Eyeglasses

Are you one of those who struggle with poor vision? Here is something you don’t probably know about me. I am legally blind; I have a very poor eyesight since I was in fifth grade and I wear eyeglasses and contact lenses with grade 400 (-4.00) for both eyes. Legally blind means a reduced central visual acuity of 20/200 or less. Apparently, if I’m not wearing any vision correction for my eyes and witness anything unfortunate, I will not be able testify or my statement will be inadmissible at court. 

In my lifetime that I wore eyeglasses, I have bought so many of them without really thinking about how it will look on me. IMO, most of us has a really hard time finding the perfect pair of prescription glasses. Either they are too big, or too small, or they are not the right shape. It is quite sad that many people do not know that every head shape has the appropriate specs model that fits perfectly to it. 

March 12, 2018

Going From Brunette to Blonde the Healthier Way

Even celebrities who change their hair from dark to several shades lighter attest that this has done so much damage to their hair. Being a stylish chameleon can also take a toll, the things you do to achieve beauty and make head turns always come with a price but at the end of the day you have these questions in your head, is it worth it?

Kim Kardashian notoriously dyed her hair platinum blond a few years ago during Paris Fashion Week 2015. She lifted her hair color four to five levels when color professionals recommend lightening two to three shades at most. She revealed that though she was able to achieve the color that she wanted it was extremely damaging on the hair. But she’s Kim Kardashian, she gonna do what she has to do. 

March 11, 2018 Haul 8 + Review

Hey y'all! How's everything going? Can you already feel the Summer heat? It's already March of 2018, can you believe that? And that marks the start of Summer. It has been very humid the past few days but with occasional rain showers during the night. I'm quite excited to the beach trips I'm about to take this season. Funny though, after going to bloggers foodie meetup yesterday, I spent the rest of my day watching videos of the Winter Olympics 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Youtube until today. 

All in all I guess I watched around 200 Youtube videos about Adam Rippon (US Team Figure Skater), Gus Kenworthy (US Team Skier), Shaun White (US Team Snowboarder) and other Winter Olympics athletes. I just freaking love Adam Rippon and I'll do anything to be his BFF because he's so amazing and funny and good-looking! And oh Gus Kenworthy, that dude is just so hot!  I just adore how good these athletes are and their sports are mostly extreme. 

March 9, 2018

The Lowdown on Hair Extensions

Have you ever envied a celebrity’s gorgeous full locks? You really shouldn’t. And I guess with the proliferation of social media, we know all too well by now that they are probably extensions. How do you think celebs go from a lob to mermaid hair overnight by the time they hit the next carpet. These celebs are human, just like you and me. They don’t have super genes that can make their hair row their super-fast. They and their styling team would usually turn to extensions to switch up their length whenever they feel like changing their look. Fortunately, hair extensions aren’t just for the red carpet or major events anymore. You can now easily achieve your own mane transformation with a little help from your own glossy set of human hair bundles with closure.

It’s not anyone’s fault if we don’t all get out of bed and get those amazing beach waves just like Drew Barrymore. Extensions do more than just add length but they also add volume. Any person who have at least a hair length of 3 inches long you can already utilize hair extensions. You can have these braided, glued or woven in to your own hair or for temporary use, employ clip-ins instead. But before you go down this lane, you have to first know some facts and make a key decision to whether to opt for the synthetic or human hair product and between bundles or closures. 

March 8, 2018 Haul #4 + Review

So I just woke up from a 14-hour sleep, haha! Ok before you judge me of being lazy, hear me out first. I work a 9 hour graveyard shift 5 days a week and most of the time I get 4 hours of sleep daily, that's if I get lucky. It's quite funny and it actually amazes me that when I'm at work I always feel sleepy but the minute I step into my apartment I lost all that feeling. Do you ever get that way too?

I'm seating here in front of my computer, drinking coffee, trying to squeeze in blogging while I pass time before I go to work. Yes it's the start of the week today (but I will be able to post this tomorrow most likely) and I'm not too excited about the work week starting all over again. I just wish there is a way for weekend to slow down or there will be another day on weekends. You might think "well you wasted time just to sleep for 14 hrs". Believe me, I wish I could just take a nap so that I'll have to do all the things I have to do. But I was in and out of consciousness and my sleepiness overpowered my will to get out of bed.

March 7, 2018

Outrageously Gorgeous Celebrity Hair: How You Can Have It Too!

People say you can't have all the things that you want. But there are things that you can always get if you really want and put an effort to it. Beauty is fleeting but there's nothing wrong if you want to look good and presentable right. Say for example it's not so hard to achieve outrageously gorgeous hair. You would see celebrities with their outrageously beautiful hairstyles and you become eager to get it for your next hairstyle and request something as what you’ve seen on the cover of your favorite magazine to your hairdresser. Is it possible? Of course! I'm about to tell you, so listen up.

I guess you already noticed the latest trends in celebrity hairstyles: big and colorful. There’s the Balayage on Jessica Biel with blonde accents dyed on the strands of her hair that are closest to her face. The Ombre on Chrissy Teigen with dark roots and blonde tips is just gorgeous. And then there’s Rita Ora with her rainbow color hair that will remind you of cotton candy and unicorns. Since we often look to celebs for inspiration on everything from clothes and makeup to hair, it's no wonder a lot of women around the world want to have the latest hot Hollywood hair trends for themselves. 

March 5, 2018

The Case of the Blonde

We often look to celebs for inspiration on everything from clothes and makeup to hair, it's no wonder a lot of women are toying with the idea of adopting some of the latest hot Hollywood hair trends. You’ve been flipping through celebrity hair photos, eagerly looking for your next hairstyle and then you come to a full stop. You’re torn between getting blonde or brunette hair and you think twice before you go and request something as outrageous as what you’ve seen on the cover of your favorite magazine. So which way do you go?

For years, there's been a debate about what hair color is better: blondes or brunettes? Everywhere in the world there is an evidence of a blonde versus brunette rivalry and is very common in popular media and especially in television and film. While it might just seem like a hair color to some, certain people will only go for a person with either blonde or brunette hair. So do blondes actually have more fun or it’s the brunettes really?

March 4, 2018

Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Marble & Grain Steakhouse at Bai Hotel

I've visited Cebu three times in the past, but for me it was always only just a jump off point to Bohol or Siargao. I would just usually spend a day or day and a half in the Queen City of the South and I was not really able to experience this vibrant city. Cebu is probably the other city state outside of Luzon that is urbanized and equally progressive as Manila.

Although it is a metropolitan area, what I like about Cebu is that destinations where you can enjoy nature is easily within reach. Mountainous areas like in Busay is just a few minutes away from the city, world-class beach resorts in Mactan Island is just an hour away while Bantayan Island, Moalbal (diving site) and Oslob (whale shark watching) are just a few hours away.

March 3, 2018

How To Get Celebrity Hair At Home

I’ve always envied (in a good way) celebrities for being brave and chameleon-like with their looks. You know how much some of them have the courage to go from mermaid-length hair to a lob to a bob in a matter of months or even weeks. As for me for years, I’ve always kept my hair long. I’m surprised though that sometimes you can see celebrities appear on TV with shorter hair then the next time you see them guesting on a show or a magazine cover, they are sporting long locks already, I mean how did they able to grow their so fast like that?

Guess what, their stylists are using some kind of hair extensions and it’s no secret anymore. And you know that it's never been easier to experiment with fake hair and going faux. It is surprising for many non-beauty pros to learn just how many celebs rely on extensions or wigs, the most popular of which are real brazilian hair weave bundles to change their color or style.  

March 2, 2018 Haul 7 + Review

Lately, I have been having what is called a writer's block or creative block. I have like 20 plus backlog blog posts to accomplish. I always say to myself, ok I will write later or tomorrow or when I get home from work but every time I pull up my phone or sit in front of the computer, nothing really comes out, I mean I can't think of something or anything to write or thoughts to translate into words. 

Most of the time, when I get home, it's either I eat (or sometimes not all), freshen up and then go straight and lie to bed. Yet I don't sleep right away, I find myself watching one too many TV series or documentaries on Youtube. I don't want to force myself to write either because when I started this blog, it was for recreation or something that I do on my free time. So as much as possible I don't want it to get in the way of things that are more important - like rest or sleep. 

March 1, 2018

Hair Horrors Solved!

For the longest time I’ve kept my hair long, I think for more than two decades already. The last time I had my hair cut above the shoulders was in fifth grade and I hated how I looked especially that I have such a round face, it just doesn’t fit me. I wish I could grew my hair asap when I did that, so starting there I kept my hair long, any length as long as it is below my shoulders. 

My hair also has very round strands that whenever I try to style or curl them, a few hours later the curls start to drop out. The only thing that will keep them in place is to subject them longer to the heat of curling iron and put a lot of products. And what does that do to my hair? They cause so much damage making my hair less manageable. 

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