Monday, May 31, 2010

MissKC027's(Kim) Contest Entry

Kim just created her blog and now has more than 150 followers. To celebrate this, she is hosting a giveaway to show her appreciation. She just wants to know my answer as well as yours (if you decide to join) to a couple of questions. But of course you need to be a follower as well and join the growing list of her followers. I am officially follower #164.

Questions and Answers:

1. What are your go-to products? List 5.

-Lancome Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Make-up Remover - Gently whisks away even waterproof eye makeup, while conditioning and refreshing the skin. Ideal for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers. Leaves eyes feeling cool and relaxed, with no oily residue.


-Burt's Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream - This rich, sulfate-free facial cleanser is made with a gentle, yet effective plant-based cleansing complex featuring quillaja saponaria (soap) bark extract and witch hazel. Luxurious lather foams away excess dirt, oil and make-up leaving skin feelling clean and refreshed. Extracts of chamomile, echinacea and aloe help soothe and calm skin while glycerin and cocoa butter provide a touch of moisture for naturally fresh, healthy skin.


-Smashbox Illuminating Serum - For that added glow...


-The Body Shop Tea Tree Concealer - Conceals blemishes without overdying skin with a handy portable stick.


-Lancome Juicy Tubes - Add power to your pout with brilliant shine. Dial up the glamour with shimmering color. Discover a favorite shade and flavor for every mood. Lips glisten with an ultra-glossy formula that glides on easily with its tube-tip applicator.



2. What is the least important make-up product?

-I think the least important make-up product would be lipliners because you can still have good looking puckers/lip smackers without it. You just need to make sure that you have a mirror when you apply your favorite lipstick or lip gloss so it won't be messy all over. You can for the most part do well without it.

What prizes are up for grabs to the lucky blogger who will be randomly selected?

Prizes will include: 1 OPI nail polish (your choice), 1 MAC eyeshadow/lipstick/lipgloss you guys want. 5 MAC lipglasses (Oyster Girl, Light That Fire(LE), Steal My Heart(Discontinued), Dreamy, and Utterley Discrete(LE)), 1 MAC mineralized blush in Superdupernatural




Ain't that so generous to just pass up? Visit Kim's blog for more details...

PHOTO CREDITS: Google Images and Kim's blog


Sunday, May 30, 2010

My Grendha Jelly Shoes

Almost a month ago, I listed down my wishes and number 4 in the list is a pair of Grendha Jelly Shoes. I bought two pairs last week for myself (the red one) and for my sister (the lilac one). I road-tested it already and OMG it is by far the comfiest shoes I have ever used my whole life. My feet are normally super sensitive but this shoe took care of them so to speak.



Now, I am a Grendha fan and here are the rest of the shoes/sandals from the 2010 catalogue:












You have to try it for yourself...


Saturday, May 29, 2010

OPI Burlesque Collection for Winter/Holiday 2010

It rained yesterday after a very long and hot summer here in the Philippines. Boy, was it a relief? Everyone rejoiced for land to be finally drenched and soaked. While the summer months may be over, the fashion and industry is abuzz about the Holiday Collections.

For Winter 2010, OPI is coming out with a 12-piece collection of shimmers and glitters that look so showgirl-ish indeed (think Moulin Rouge and well of course Vegas Burlesque shows)! IThe Burlesque Collection release will coincide with the release of the film which stars Christina Aguilera, Kristin Bell, Eric Dane and Cam Gigandet. This is a pretty interesting movie (I'd watch it just for Eric Dane)!


Anyway, talking about OPI and the movie and of course the shade descriptions:


Simmer & Shimmer – In this glitter bit of blue.
Let Me Entertain You – Multi-talented fuchsia glimmer.
Sparkle-icious – Multi-color glitter-iciousness
The Show Must Go On! – With this deep pink shimmer on your nails!
Ali’s Big Break – This glowing red shimmer breaks through in style.
Tease-y Does It – In this tempting burgundy shimmer.
Rising Star – Lustrous glimmering gold.
Glow Up Already! – You’re ready for this glittering green.
Bring On the Bling – A gold that glitter that’s beyond dazzling.
Extra-va-vaganza! – This orange glitter is not for the shy.
Take the Stage – A warm orange spotlight shimmer.
Show It & Glow It! – If you’ve got this fuchsia glitter, flaunt it!


Bring On The Bling, Glow Up Already!, Extra-va-vaganza!

Simmer & Shimmer, Show It & Glow It, Sparkle-icious

Rising Star, Take The Stage, The Show Must Go On!

Let Me Entertain You, Ali's Big Break, Tease-y Does It



This collection should be in stores around September of this year. None the less the collection looks really interesting!  A lot of unique colors in this collection. Are you anticipating this collection too?


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Only Beautiful Hair From the New Best-Ever Sunsilk Completes My Fashion Statement


I am no Rapunzel. I am just a Plain Jane ready to take on the world if I have to and I want to. Trying to think about what to write brought back memories about every hair-story that happened in my life. My hair has never been my "best friend", heck I have even come to a conclusion that I have more bad hair days than good ones. But truth be told my hair has always been the completing factor that completes my fashion statement. In fact in occasions more than one, my hair stole the limelight from me. 

My hair has seen the long and short of it. Although I haven't pulled a "Britney" yet, I have had super short hair when I was in college and then I started growing it back when I moved to Makati and started going to work. I have tried different hairstyles too. Blunt cuts, soft cuts, curls, waves, stark straight, name it I have tried it all.

Soft, shiny and manageable–hair that begs to be touched! - This is by far everyone with hair dreams of. We’ve all seen the commercials: Women strut about in slow motion, swinging their perfect, full-bodied, shiny hair – hair that falls magically into place when the swinging stops. Is it possible to get such glorious tresses from a bottle, or is there more to the story? Well, I had my chance to try this product when I got a free trial kit from Sunsilk. I received the Damage Repair Kit by mail that contains the Sunsilk Damage Repair Shampoo and Conditioner with Olive Serum Nutri-Complex. Since the kit does not include the serum, I bought one separately.

I have always been one who is known to try new products when they are released for market consumption amongst my circle of friends. I think I am a test bunny in my past life as I am not scared to lather, pat, massage, and smooth new products all over my body. Needless to say, I get to be an impromptu endorser if I like a product and a staunch detractor if the product is not effective. Whether they take my words as gospel or not, I would not really know but yes more often than not, they take what I say seriously. 

I remember when I used to have a hairstylist go to my apartment everyday to fix my hair before I go to work. When I say fix that means she would either iron or curl my hair for me. I do not exactly remember what motivated me to do it but thinking about it makes me just think it was caused by plain and simple vanity. Then the interest waned (or maybe paying someone to style my hair everyday has created a substantial dent in my wallet already). It just stopped, just like that. I have outgrown the vanity and just didn't care how my hair would look and I have always ended up tying it up in a ponytail. It was the most effortless thing to do. Yes, it was effortless but every time I tie it up, I could hear hair strands break and fall. My hair became weak too because of the countless styling aids I used. I sent my hair to hair heaven and left me without a choice but to tie it in a bun to hide the dry, frizzy ends when I go out of the house. Ah, talking about how bad hair days ruin your get-up for the day. It came to a point where I got used to this scenario everyday. I used to sulk every time I get comments like how dry my hair looks and how bad I needed so and so treatments to rescue it back to life and give it some body and bounce. But I would always digress...


My hair grew longer month after month until I had the longest hair I have all my life already but then it didn't have the texture, look and feel that one can be proud of. I decided to switch shampoo and conditioner in the hopes of reviving my hair's appearance. I first tried the hair fall solution from Sunsilk Co-Creations (Soya Vitamin Complex co-created with Dr. Francesca Fusco) in the attempt to prevent my hair from further thinning. I got the results I expected, the number of hair fall-outs decreased by the day. I was impressed. This is one product I am sticking to and would be raving about. Cheap, readily available in the supermarket and a trusted brand. I was hooked! I would alternate using it and Sunsilk Damage Repair Shampoo and Conditioner with Olive Serum Nutri-Complex (co-created with Thomas Taw). Both products worked well for me and I could not be any happier.

Now, I am enjoying my brand new hair...Take a look!



and then some more...


Each moment we live should be our happiest moment. - Each moment we live, we need to take charge and not just face life haphazardly. I took charge and brought back my hair to life. I rescued it from the pits and danger of being cut short again. My hair, whether straight or curled, after all is my crowning glory and it completes my fashion statement every day. Sunsilk truly without a doubt helped me achieve expert-touched and salon quality hair. Thanks to the Hair Experts! I am an "every day girl" (not close to being a catwalk model) but with a better, more beautiful hair than before.


Now, even if I style my hair anytime and every time, my fear is already out the window because I can style it all the time I want to complete each of my fashion statements. I know that the Sunsilk Co-Creations Line will be there to protect, rescue and save my hair. Now, all I need is to nourish myself from the inside to be a whole new me. Inner peace brings about inner beauty that transcends outwardly. So now, it doesn't matter much who designs my dress or where I bought it. Whether I am rocking a simple pants and white shirt ensemble and my Hermes Constance belt, or working the Kate Torralba pink trench coat, or a Kamiseta frock, or just simply donning on a Divisoria or local mall find, I know and I am confident that I could give justice to the look with my hair as the completing factor. 


Whether I am at work or at play, Best Ever Sunsilk Co-Creations make every day a good hair day!


Truly, it is the Best Ever. See for yourself! Grab a bottle you think best suits your hair needs. There is one for everybody! Choose from these wide-array of co-creations with the following hair experts:

Thomas Taw, Dry and Damage Expert from the UK
Dr. Francesa Fusco, Hair Fall Expert from the USA
Yuko Yamashita, Straight and Smooth Expert from Japan
Ouidad, Curls Expert from the USA
Teddy Charles, Shapes and Lengths Expert from France
Rita Hazan, Color Care Expert from the USA
Jamal Hammadi, Shine Expert from the USA

Let me leave you with this song lyrics from one of the songs that I can't shake off my head which is the second part of the song Empire State of Mind sang by Alicia Keys (minus Jay Z). This is one of the soundtrack of the movie Sex And The City 2 which is one of my favorite movies of all time (with all the fashion and quotes and inspirations it brings me). Of course, I tweaked the lyrics...

You can tell by looking at my hair that I am using...

Chorus:

SUNSILK!!!
Smooth and manageable locks is what I have
Soft and smooth to the touch
Now that I use Sunsilk!
My hair is strong and long too
Let's hear it for Sunsilk! Sunsilk! Sunsilk!

Grew up dreading the sight of my hair without styling
Hair fall inevitable, so weak and so brittle
If I don't do anything, I'd be growing old with thinning hair
So I found a hair fall solution, Sunsilk improved my mane.

Repeat Chorus

Even if it ain't all it seems, I got a pocketful of dreams
To complete my fashion statement is a part of it
So damage be repaired, say goodbye to dandruff scales
Now I have straight hair that sways or pretty curly locks any day.

SUNSILK!!!
Smooth and manageable locks is what I have
Soft and smooth to the touch
Now that I use Sunsilk!
My hair is strong and long too
Let's hear it for Sunsilk! Sunsilk! Sunsilk!


One hand in the air for best ever Sunsilk,
Street lights, colored hair all looking pretty
No shampoo in the world that can compare
Co-creations, everybody say yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!

Hahaha! That is too silly but I sure do hope you enjoyed my post as much as I made you want to try Sunsilk the next time you hit the shower. Oh, you can join me in humming the song...and start a mini-concert under the shower!


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Expert-Touched Style Blog Contest



Share your Love for Best-Ever Hair!

Join the Expert-Touched Style Blog Contest and tell the world how the new best-ever Sunsilk helps complete your style. Write a blog post about your expert-touched hair and get a chance to win lots of prizes.

MECHANICS

1. Register

This competition is open to all Filipino bloggers. Interested participants should be fans of the Hair Experts Page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/hairexperts).

There will be a blog contest registration tab on the Hair Experts Page where bloggers can register their entries to the competition. They must provide the following information:
full name
email address
cellphone number
blog entry URL (submit multiple URLs if necessary)

The bloggers can be at the the Sunsilk Fashion Show After-Party on May 26 at Taste Asia in SM Mall of Asia to get sample gift packs.


2. Blog

Participating bloggers must post a blog entry about the New Sunsilk Co-Creations. The post should have as its title and central topic “Only Beautiful Hair from the New Best-Ever Sunsilk Completes My Fashion Statement.” Share how the new best-ever Sunsilk , co-created by hair experts, help achieve expert-touched & salon-quality hair.

The blog entry must promote and contain a link to the Hair Experts Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/hairexperts).

Participating bloggers must include the following tags to their blog post/s: Sunsilk Co-creations, hair experts, Unilever.


3. Submit

Share the link of your blog entry on your personal Facebook page. Make sure to tag the Hair Experts Page (@Hair Experts) in your Link post.

Make sure to register your entry on the Blog Contest registration tab and fill up all necessary fields. Unregistered entries will not be considered.

Deadline for all submissions is on May 31, 2010.

All entries will be judged with content, concept, and style in mind. They must be compelling and interesting to read. Additional points will also be given for “popular” posts with link-backs, likes, comments, and reposts.

Content - 40%
Style - 30%
Popularity - 30%

4. Prizes

Grand Prize Winner - Lenovo Laptop Idea Pad S10-2
FIVE (5) Runners-up - Apple iPod Nano


Friday, May 21, 2010

Surviving the Wedding Season


It's almost the end of May, almost halfway done with the year. When I was 18, I thought I'd be married two years ago. How wrong I was! Well, I am still single, still ever ready to mingle but then the spark and excitement of meeting someone new has waned already for the most part. I don't know, I may have just outgrown the heady effect of meeting someone and exchanging numbers and dating and all that. At this point, I feel like I have given the world the power to decide for me already. If someone comes my way well and good, if not then it's equally fine. Still, the pressure is here and it is weighing me down and seems harder than analyzing business insurance quotes especially when I see my mom borrow a kid for a day so they have a baby to play with and pamper at home. I always think, that could have been their own grandchild, my own baby.

These all haunt me down especially during wedding season. Wedding season is from June onwards. I have wedding invitations lined up starting this month until December (well I attended one last February too so it started early this year). Crazy no? Sometimes I would think twice of attending because I will just be wishful thinking in my seat. Apart from the emotional torture that weddings do to me, I also find it extra difficult to think about gifts to give. I usually just give money or kitchen stuff and some bedroom implements. For a friend who's going to be married in Illinois, do you think an Illinois business insurance would be a good idea for a gift? It is intangible but definitely a good way to secure their asset huh? Nevertheless, I haven't received any complaint yet for the gifts that I have given.

Apart from that, dresses to wear and shoes to use plague me too. Of course it is a wedding and pictures will surely be taken so I have to come prepared. I have not made up my mind yet as to what dress I will be using for a certain wedding but I have found some really nice ones I could wear.








Here are some wedding guest style guideline you can follow:

1. Never wear white because it competes with the bride. Try bold and fun colors depending on the occasion such as the colors of the dresses above and also try to experiment with reds, mint greens, and lilacs. 

2. Don't wear black or sequined-encrusted dresses if the wedding is during daytime. It's not a nightclub dancing party after all. 

3. Wear something feminine and always appropriate. Watch the length and the cut of the dress. You want to look put together not skanky. 

4. You can never go wrong with soft floral dresses in pastel colors during the daytime and opt for some dark colors during night time. 

5. Be confident and strut yourself with a smile. 



Product Junkie's Bday Giveaway

Product Junkie is celebrating her birthday with a Sex and the City inspired giveaway. Included in the small gift is a burned Sex & the City movie, The Body Shop lipgloss, Milani blusher/bronzer duo, and L'Oreal HIP eyeshadow, as well as your very own visa credit card! (lol that one is in there just for fun)...


On a side note, the movie will open in the US on May 27 but it will be open here in the Philippines on June 2. I am dying with excitement. I am sure there would be pretty cool changes aside from the fact that the movie outfit ditched Macbook for HP.

Who's watching?


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Ballet Manila Brings Back Giselle


Prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde performs one of her favorite roles - and one of classical ballet's most beloved heroines - as Ballet Manila brings back Giselle.

Giselle is part of Lisa's year-long celebration of her 25th anniversary as a professional ballerina. The last time she portrayed this role was in 2005 and admittedly, it is one that she has missed dancing.

"It is one of the most dramatic ballets that a ballerina can be privileged enough to dance in, and also one of the most exhausting roles. It's a story of love so strong that it causes a girl's madness and death. It also causes her to rise from the grave and save the man who wronged her," Lisa notes.

Giselle is a peasant girl who falls in love with Albrecht, a teasing prince. When she finds out that she's been led on, she dies of grief. In the second act, Albrecht visits her grave to beg her forgiveness. Giselle has become one with the Wilis, the souls of girls who died from grief and heartache. The Wilis capture Albrecht, and command him to dance until he dies of exhaustion. Giselle pleads for him and dances in his place until the sun comes up and the Wilis must return to their graves.

"It is one of the most poignant roles I've ever danced", Lisa affirms. "It demands the utmost energy and acting ability, because even when Giselle is dancing strenuously difficult parts, the ballerina must make it look like she's a spirit floating lightly on air. You're supposed to convey weightlessness".

Giselle is significant for Lisa as it was in its full-length production that she had her first soloist role as a member of the Kirov Ballet in 1984. She danced then as the Peasant Pas de Deux girl in Act 1. Her first performance upon coming home from Russia was as Giselle when the ballet's Act 2 was presented at the Metropolitan Theater. In that show, she danced opposite Nonoy Froilan, with Osias Barroso dancing the supporting role of Hilarion. The two danseurs would later become two of Lisa's most enduring partners.

Ballet Manila's production of Giselle is made even more special with the participation of actress Chin Chin Gutierrez as the Duchess Bathilde who makes up the love triangle with Giselle and Albrecht. Alternating as Lisa's Albrechts are soloists Rudy de Dios and Nazer Salgado who are dancing the full Giselle for the first time.

Giselle is a benefit show for Project Ballet Futures, Ballet Manila's scholarship program for underprivileged kids. The program currently has 30 scholars who are given ballet training and equipment, meals and vitamins and transportation allowance.

The two-act production, as presented by the Manila Broadcasting Company, will be held on May 29, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., and on May 30, Sunday, 3 p.m. at the Aliw Theater, CCP Complex, Pasay City.

Contact Details:
For ticket inquiries, please call Ballet Manila at (63 2) 400-0292, (63 2) 525-5967 or Ticketworld at (63 2) 891-9999.


Aliw Theater
Star City

Star City, 
Vicente Sotto cor. Magdalena Jalandoni Sts., 
CCP Complex, 
Pasay, 
Metro Manila, 
Philippines






Wednesday, May 19, 2010

My New Hair (Jesi Mendez Salon)


I chopped off a little more than five inches off my hair last Monday. I have been planning to cut it for so many months already but I have always digressed. This is arguably the longest hair I have ever maintained since I was born. I can still remember how I survived college with a very short hair (so short that I just had to comb gel in my hands and put a girly clip on one side) much less how I got the reprimand from my mom and dad when I had an undercut in high school. I didn't do it to rebel, I just had to because I had very thick hair. Looking back I could only laugh at myself for ever doing it. I was the prim and proper and cool girl at the same time. I wasn't able to keep pictures though (could have been a good story to tell to my grandkids when time comes).

See, I have very thin hair, maybe less than half the volume I have had in high school. I do not know what happened but probably stress and the frequent styling has made me lose strands. I am not alarmed though but then I made it a point to check out the ingredients of my shampoo. Yes, I wash my hair everyday, sometimes even twice a day or thrice this summer season. I know it isn't good to wash it everyday as the natural oils get stripped thereby making the hair weak and prone to damage. I have a naturally oily scalp and so I always make sure to wash off product residue and build-up. I am vain like that.

I went to Jesi Mendez Salon (Cash and Carry Branch) last Monday because I and Joyce wanted to shake the stress off away because our house was broken in. I don't actually see the point right now why we had to do what we did but we felt doing it at that time. Joyce had her curls removed and about six inches was cut. I initially wanted to have fringes but the stylist opted to just give me layers and chop off more or less five inches. I instantly liked how the style made my hair look voluminous. And without make-up and all that, the cut complimented the shape of my face quite well.






I forgot the name of the stylist (I am blaming my surging stress level and my paranoia right now). I may go back for another cut next month or well maybe a coloring job just before my birthday. I may go with a reddish hue or just have my hair colored jet black. I don't know. Maybe it would all depend on my mood again. I would however, personally recommend the services of this salon. Very friendly staff and reasonably priced services. I got my haircut for only Php300.00 (about $6.00) including shampoo before the cut and blowdry after. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it isn't expensive to get salon service here in the Philippines.

What do you think of my new hair?