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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Heatless Schmexy Beachy Waves

So the holiday season is on us.  We have a lot of parties and events to attend.  We also want to look extra nice right. 

Before I begin, sorry folks this is not a really step-by-step tutorial.  I would just like to share tools and tips I use to achieve beachy, just got off from bed, schemexily tousled waves.  As much as I can, I try to avoid using heat in my hair to avoid it from getting damaged as it is already dry and frizzy, yey to NO HEAT, just good old fashioned curls.

So first off, you have to begin with wet hair and use the right styling product.  For me I like using Monea Curl Defining Milk .  Just use a peso sized amount and work it up onto wet hair.  Use a wide tooth comb to remove the tangles. 


Now for the tools to achive beach waves:


Good old granny rollers - I have velcro (yellow ones) for the longer section of my hair, medium sized ones with "teeth" and teeny tiny ones for the smaller bits of hair.  No special technique, I just roll away like my momma taught me how.  I just roll them from the ends and just ending halfway the length of my hair.  No need to roll it up towards the scalp - looks outdated, at least for me, but if that is your thing, roll away lovelies.


Bendy rollers - bought at Watsons.  These are bit tricky to use.  Basically, you just wind your hair in it and twist to lock in place. 


Magic Leverag curlformers - I bought two packs for 100 pesos each at 168 in Diviland.  It yields nice bouncy curls, but once "gravity" takes over and as the day goes on, the curls would then turn into big schmexy waves.  You can find tons of tutorials all over Youtube on how to use this.
This technique I found at Pinterest is by far the easiest way to achieve pretty curls.  No special tools necessary.


TIPS:
-  Start off with wet hair, apply your hair product like mousse and hair lotions then curl, leave to air dry.
-  The longer you leave the curlers in, the tighter the curls will be.
-  Gently remove the curlers so as not to "destroy" the waves.
-  It is important not to brush or comb your hair.  You can piece out/separate your curls, finger comb or flip it.
-  To make the curls last longer, you can use hairspray.

The result, gorgeous, bouncy, schmexy beachy waves!

I hope this helps!  Care to share how you curl your hair?  May be we can swap tips and ideas.  Have fun with your curls and stay gorgeous Divas!!!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Taming of the Frizz

Let me touch on a very hair-raising subject (excuse the pun).

I have hair all over the place, unmanageable and frizzy, which I tend to keep in a ponytail most of the time.  I am very low maintenance with regards to my hair - just shampoo every other day and deep condition whenever I remember.  I know it's frizzy and wavy, which I control most of the time with Virgin Coconut oil.  Sometimes I think it would be lovely if I had straight stick hair, but then again I'm afraid to undergo chemical treatment - rebond.  Every salon I go to, they would annoyingly offer, "Ma'am rebond natin."  I say, no way!  I have this fear of my hair falling out after the treatment, yeah so weird, I know.  But then, I also love my natural wavy curly hair, I just have to find the right product for me, and then there was . . .


Monea Curl Defining Milk Hair Lotion


Intensify your curls and define your waves!  Promises natural control with a touchable feel, creating frizz-free shiny and moisturized curls without stiffness, definition and bounce to curly or wavy hair.  It has almond milk that leaves hair silky smooth, etc. etc.

Direction:  Apply to wet or damp hair from roots to ends and scrunch to shape curls.  Concentrate on lengths and ends to prevent frizzing.  Apply lightly and evenly for more control and definition.  Use wide-tooth comb or fingers to style.  Dry hair naturally.  Do not use a blow dryer.  Ideal for curly wavy or permed hair..

Expires:  August 2016


Milky lotion-like consistency.


I use this much for my shoulder-length thick, unruly hair (buhaghag hair, oh no!)


LIKES:
-  Reasonably priced, 100 pesos for 200 ml worth of product - winner!!  Can be bought at Watson's and SM stores.
-  Controls the frizz, no more buhaghag hair ever!
-  True to its claim, defined my waves better.  Holds the curls the entire day.
-  No need to use a blow dryer, you can apply to wet hair and leave it to dry.
-  You can use curlers to set your wet hair (if you are attending an event), leave that to dry and that's it.
-  Just a little goes a long way.
-  Expiration is stamped on the side of the bottle.
-  Smells wonderful.

DISLIKES:
-  I hate the bottle with its wide mouth, very difficult to control the amount of hair lotion coming out.  It would have been better if it was stored in a pump bottle.
-  Don't try to put too much, otherwise it will weigh the hair down and make hair sticky and clumpy looking.


I am now trying to embrace my natural wavy hair.  Now that the holiday season is near, I know we have a lot of parties and events to attend, for a change, we can set our hair with this and use curlers for a more defined look.  Watch out for that, I will do a post about heatless waves/curls.  Smexy beachy waves, love it!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Mr. Kimbop Korean Healthfood

Jellybean and I went to the MegaMall last week for their sale.  For lunch, we were a bit undecided.  Can't choose between hand pulled noodles or Yabu.  Because I had a hard time choosing, we ended up at the foodcourt, hahah.

We were intrigued by the really long line at Mr. Kimbop, a Korean Healthfood stall.  To be frank, I have not tried a lot of Korean food, except for well, Korean Barbeque, Japchae and Korean stew and Melona ice cream (does that count?)  Healthfood, got me right away, so we tried it.


When eating out, I always try to choose dishes with greens in it, lesser evil!  Anyway, this is their Bibimbap served in a hot plate.  Reasonably priced at 99 (regular) - my order or  119 (upgraded?) Jellybean's order.


This dish has it all - a cup of rice topped with egg, bean sprouts, carrots, cucumber, kimchi, beef, Chinese cabbage and green onions I think.  It also comes with a brown spicy paste if you like it spicy.


So you mix everything together for a very colorful dish.  I like that the vegetables retained their crunch and the sauce was just right - not too salty I mean, just enough of the sweet, salty, spicy flavors playing with your tongue.  The portion is just right to make you feel full, but not over, so I guess it's also good for those who are conscious of their calorie intake.  I will definitely come back for more and probably try other dishes that they offer, a plus in my book of healthy fastfood!!


Jellybean also ordered a side dish of Japchae and a mysterious dumpling (?) for 45 pesos, which is not that extraordinary, just okay.

My verdict, it really is worth the long line, happy tummy!  Have you tried Korean food? Do you have something yummy you can recommend that I try?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Impromptu Wedding Guest

I love weddings!  I feel it's a very magical moment for every bride to walk down the aisle.  I remember my own walk, the giddy, butterfly in the stomach, slow-motion feeling, so special and so pretty! 

Jellybean and I attended this wedding last Saturday.  It was actually my mom who was supposed to attend as one of the principal sponsors, but she is in the US, and lucky me, she forgot about it and only told me a week in advance.  I had a very stressful week so I didn't even have time to buy an outfit, much less do my nails (gah!).  It would have been nicer if I had time to do a mani and pedi.

Thankfully, it was a Sunday's best dress event and I figured, I'll just try and find anything in my closet that would look presentable.


It was a garden wedding at Mango Hills (Laguna), not far from where we live.  The weather was pleasant.


The lovely bride, she looked like a Barbie doll, so pretty!


The ceremony.

Now of course, I had to do an OOTD.


Dress - Apple and Eve from 2010, so happy to rediscover this in my closet

Belt - From Diviland for 60 pesos only

Bag - Michael Kors gifted to me by my mom, I'm so spoiled, haha

Shoes - Comfit

Accessories - gold necklace from my dad gifted when I was 7 years old, earrings and ring my mom's, bangle from Forever21


I call this look - mocha chocolatey


I love my bag , thanks Ma!

Okay lovelies, I hope you won't tire of my OOTDs.  I am here to stay.  Watch out for my next posts, I have so much to tell.  I missed you all!!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Let Me Tell You Something

So I have been on a self-imposed hiatus from blogging.  I get freaked out everytime I have my check ups.  So anyway, I think the tests came out okay.  I am still waiting for my doctor's pronouncement as he is out of the country.  Blogging has been my therapy, so I miss it a lot.  So for now, I'm tired of waiting, I will blog and still will continue blogging for as long as I have the energy and with that,



Yes, many thanks to all you darling DIVAs who prayed for me. Believe me, your words and encouragement made things easier for me.  I really appreciate your prayers and I pray for you always.  I thank God for sending you and I consider you friends, thank you Lord for sending you lovelies to me.



Special shout out to Sis JocrisRaeKristineShayneClaireAnn and to everyone who included me in their prayers.



You girls are amazing.  I am also praying for you and your families.



p.s. thank you google for the images

Friday, October 11, 2013

Prayer


Dear Divas, I hope it's not too much to ask, but I humbly ask for you to include me in your prayers.  I will be having my 6-month grand checkup again.  Pray for my continued health and total healing.  I have been spending sleepless nights because of this.  For everyone with this condition, I am sure you know how nerve wracking this is, the waiting game.  I am confident though that God will show his mercy and love for me and my family.


I will keep you all posted, until then.  I will be back with a good news, AMEN!


God bless you and your family!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Bluer than Blue

thanks google
 
 
But I'm Bluer than Blue
Sadder than sad
You're the only light
This empty room has ever had
Life without you is gonna be
Bluer than blue

Anyone heard that song? It's actually an oldie song by Michael Johnson.  Nope, I'm not sad.  I just like that song and with that, comes my OOTD for our Sundate.

We had our Sundate at SM Aura for the Forever21 sale.  I like the sale they had over there because it was very organized and neat (unlike the one at SM MOA).  F21 sale at SM Aura also had a lot of clothes in my size (large) - dresses, tops, pants, skirts, accessories, etc.  I actually bought quite a few dresses, wink, wink.

Now for my OOTD also inspired by the deep blue sea, aqua and turquoise.  Missing summer already, but I'm also excited for the coming Christmas season - i'm blabbing, so here it is.



Top - Bobeau from Nordstrom
Bottom - Jones New York
Shoes - Sole Mate from SM
Bag - The Sak
Accessories - Forever 21, Timex watch, gold bangle (i had since i was in high school) and mom's earrings and ring, now mine!



Meet my green owl.


It so happen that my SAK bag matched my top, teehee.  I value that bag because it was the first ever bag my sister sent when she started working in the U.S.  The top and pants were also sent by my mom.

I hope you won't get tired of yet another headless OOTD, I'm not yet courageous, gutsy, confident enough to show my face.  I don't want to scare you all, haha. So for now, I hope you understand :) Just focus on the outfit, alrighty?

'Coz I'm bluer than blue . . .

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Going Loco Over Coco

Nope, sorry Darling Divas, this is not about Coco Martin, hehe!  I'm loco over the original coco, coconut that is.  I want to share a cheap and readily available beauty trick I've been using for years already.



Tadah! Virgin coconut oil - achieved by using fresh coconut meat without the use of chemicals or high heating to refine it, thus producing natural, pure coconut oil that is more stable.  I use Carica and ProSource.  I buy both at Mercury Drugstore, though Carica sometimes has a free-standing booth in malls.  I keep one near my dresser and the other one near my computer, so I have one within reach all the time.

I'm trying to go raw and organic, so here are some ways you could use this wonder oil:

1.  Hair -
As a deep conditioner, use a tablespoon or more (depending on the thickness of your hair) and massage into the roots and scalp, then use a shower cap and leave on for 5-10 minutes, shampoo and rinse well.  Do this once a week.

For everyday wear, I have frizzy, wavy hair, so after towel drying my hair, while it is still damp, rub a little in your palms and apply this by running the fingers into the hair (don't go all the way to your scalp as it will weigh the hair down) and voila, tamed hair in an instant! 

2.  Skin - Don't be turned off, as the oil doesn't give off a strong coconut-y scent, in fact it is pleasant and light.  Surprisingly, it is not that greasy as it easily sinks and is absorbed really well upon application.

Make Up Remover - very effective, removes even waterproof mascara.  Just try to wash off afterwards if you don't like oil sitting in your face.

Body Moisturizer - Now that the weather is more forgiving, meaning cooler months, I use this to moisturize my hands, elbows, knees and feet or other areas that tend to get dry (I now use this all over my arms and legs to replace my lotion).  The result - more supple skin and softer cuticles.

Massage - Makes massage more pleasant and relaxing.

Bug bites - Good way to soothe the itch, just dab to affected area.

3.  Digestion - Okay, so this was advised by my surgeon.  Ask your doctor first.
After I had my surgery, I was constipated.  My doctor advised me to drink 3 tablespoons and then drink a lot of water.  After a few hours, I was able to go to the bathroom - okay TOO MUCH INFO.  I don't to this any more, it's yucky and very hard to swallow.



For reference, I use this amount to tame my hair everyday.  Double this amount is good for moisturizing the legs.  This amount is good for both arms as well.  Just use sparingly, you don't want to be slick and be a greaseball, right?

Gosh, all this talk is making me thirsty.


Good thing I have my Tropicana Coco Quench with me, though not as good as the real thing, but this will do for now :)