If you dye and style your hair as often as I do, you’ll totally need a moisturizing hair treatment. I try to have treatments for dry hair at least once a month so I can restore my hair quality back to its healthy, shiny state. I can feel the difference if I don’t get to do this because it becomes a lot more difficult to comb and style my hair.
Freshly shampooed hair! I had a conversation with the Status Salon Tomas Morato people about haircare in different countries. Because we live in a humid, tropical country, it’s totally understandable for us Filipinos to wash our hair everyday, unlike those in other countries who only wash their hair every other day (or even only once/twice a week - yikes!). Just don’t overdo it by shampooing a million times and using insane amounts of shampoo every single time. I learned that it’s better to dilute your shampoo with water so you just get the right amount! Too much would remove the moisture in your hair completely.
It’s these little things that make such a huge difference!
Treatment time! The one for dry hair has aloe vera extract in it for “healing” purposes.
Free scalp massage too - yay!
They wrapped my hair and let the treatment set for 20 minutes before washing it off.
Voila! Healthy hair! I resisted the urge to cut and dye my hair this month because I feel like my hair needs to rest.
Based on my own personal experience, I don’t recommend drastically changing hair color every month (unless you’re going to do your roots only). However, if you really have to, drop by Status Salon and get a moisturizing treatment as often as you can!
My usual stylist Jimmy wasn’t available the day I visited so here’s Mr. Orlan helping me out with some fresh clip-on extensions to match my dark hair color!
The extensions they offer at Status Salon are 100% human hair so you can style them with heat and hair products as you would your real hair.
Long, dark hair is in! Thanks to Status Salon for taking care of me, as usual!
Get ready for the SM Store Beauty Section’s Doll Glam Challenge! The SM Store Beauty Section is my go-to place whenever I need products to help me achieve that perfect “doll glam” look.
On July 25 to 27, 2014, they will give a Doll Glam Makeover from select makeup, hair and nail brands!
On July 26, Saturday, 4:00PM, there will be a Doll Glam Challenge where more surprises await you! Two (2) lucky girls will be chosen to receive a live makeover from me and Alodia. You have to dress up as well! Come in your best Doll Glam outfit (you can use the lookbook above as reference) as we will choose 10 girls who will win a special Doll Glam gift pack from the SM Store Beauty Section and the participating brands: Dolly Wink, BYS, NYX, Pixy, Heroine Make, Kate, Maybelline Color Show, Cutex, Palty, Beautylabo and Lucido-L. You can also get the chance to be in our VIP area to witness the Doll Glam Challenge!
But wait, there’s definitely more in store for you! One lucky follower will also be given the chance to be in our VIP area. All you have to do is copy the URL of this blog entry (http://tmblr.co/ZRg5Xy1MAiAND) and follow the mechanics below:
Tweet me the URL at @tgosingtian with our official event hashtag: #smbeautydollglam. Remember to make your Twitter accounts public so I will get the notifications when you post your tweets. SM Beauty will choose the winner and I will post the announcement on Twitter on July 25, Friday, 12nn. Easy right? Post away!
This weekend is definitely the perfect time to get your Doll Glam on! Hope to see you at SM North Edsa on Saturday!
In the meantime, here are some outfit inspirations featuring some of my old Lookbook photos!
CUTE OOTD key point: lace and floral prints
HIPPIE OOTD key point: flower crowns, tribal prints, and summer sunnies
PRETTY OOTD key point: classic cuts and dainty skirts
SEXY OOTD key point: off shoulder, crop tops, short shorts
Always gotta be prepared for a little chilly drizzle! It’s still generally too warm to wear knits and heavy fabric, so layering is key with this kind of transition weather we’ve been having lately. I’ve always been an ame-onna (雨女, or rain woman) though - I greatly increase the chances of rain when I go out, so I always never leave the house without some form of outerwear. I get cold easily!
Here I wore a jacket from Just G’s latest “Tribe Squad Remix” collection, and it’s an amazing cross between a sweatshirt and a denim jacket! What I like most about this particular one is that it doesn’t come with a hoodie, which is common among sweatshirt-sleeved jackets. I think it looks a little more dressy this way! Don’t you think so too?
I can’t wait to pair it with my cutesy skirts!
The much awaited Just G Warehouse Sale will be on June 27 - August 16, 2014 at Warehouse 23, Armal Compound 2, M. Eusebio Ave., San Miguel, Pasig City. Mondays to Saturdays, except Holidays and Sundays, 8:00am to 4:00pm. They’ll only accept cash, btw! Make sure you bring enough!
Have fun shopping!
Just G boutique stores can be found in SM Megamall, Market Market, Sta. Lucia, SM Southmall, Eastwood City, SM North Edsa, SM Manila and SM Cebu. Just G and Gingersnaps share spaces at Shangri-la, Rockwell, Robinsons Metroeast, SM Baguio and SM Pampanga. They also have department store corners at SM Megamall, Robinsons Galleria, Landmark Trinoma, SM Makati, SM Mall of Asia, Robinsons Festival Mall, SM North Edsa, SM Cubao, SM Pampanga, SM Southmall and Robinsons Ermita.
Follow Just G on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Summer sandals need not be boring or height-compromising! While I was thisclose to getting yet another pair of oxfords during my recent visit to Le Bunny Bleu, this bright green pair called out to me way too much that I had to get it ASAP. I have a shortage of green-colored footwear, let alone bright neon open-toe sandals that have a bit of heel on them, so this was just what my shoe collection needed. Wouldn’t hurt to go out of my comfort zone once in a while!
Speaking of comfort zones, I’m sure all of you can relate to me when I say that my life has become so digital - it’s starting to get disconcerting! Instead of manually taking down notes, it’s faster and easier to just take pictures. When I was younger (way before I got into photography), I was one of those kids in school who was always tasked with decorating the blackboard, etc. It seems like I unlearned everything as I grew older and shifted interests! Didn’t think it was even possible. However, I still have a small glimmer of hope that I can revive that non-computer-dependent side of myself that has been on hiatus these past few years.
Good thing Le Bunny Bleu is holding a basic lettering workshop this Saturday!
This is only the first of Le Bunny Bleu’s series of our Crafts Workshops. Super exciting, right? Since Le Bunny Bleu is a romantic vintage brand with old Euro world charm combined with New York modernism, they will be holding workshops (for free!) for their dear customers to celebrate this aesthetic. Their first Lettering 101 workshop will be perfect for beginners who want to know how to do simple lettering and calligraphy. Entrance is absolutely free as well, so there’s absolutely no excuse not to go!
It’s going to be at Le Bunny Bleu’s Shangri-la store on June 28 (Saturday) 10:30am – 12:00pm. The workshop will be conducted by the great Abbey Sy! I might go (probably with Crissey if she’s free) so we’ll see you there, yes?
Participants simply need to wear their own Le Bunny Bleu shoes on the day of the workshop and reserve slots ahead of time at any Le Bunny Bleu store. Slots are limited so please inform them as soon as you can. Once you reserve a slot. they will brief you about what to bring. What’s more fun is that they will also be giving away special gifts to the participants!
Le Bunny Bleu Philippines can be found at 5th Floor Shangri-la Plaza 654-2599 and 2nd Floor Glorietta 5 955-7225. You can also RSVP via firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s take a break from all the Japan posts and focus on my hair!
I just woke up one day and decided that I couldn’t stand my current hair color anymore. I’ve always dyed my hair a light ash brown shade, but now that it’s the end of summer here in Manila, I figured it’s the perfect time to retire the look.
Unfortunately, my previous attempt to dye my hair darker didn’t last too long. During my Japan and US trips, it went back to its previous shade (probably because I washed my hair too often), and I hated it so much because I was so psyched to sport dark hair already. My hair color changed so much on its own within the last month. I didn’t want that kind of reality, huhu. As soon as I got back from the US, I was determined to darken my hair again.
Yesterday, I went to Louis Phillip Kee C5 Acropolis branch for my monthly hair pampering session! My usual stylist Ariel wasn’t available, but Jon, another hairstylist, was around to supervise my rainy season hair transformation.
My previous hair color! Dark brown that turned into light ash brown/blonde. It was such an in-between shade and I wanted something that had more contrast against my skin! My only choices were to either go super light or super dark. I don’t want to bleach my hair anymore, so I chose the latter option.
Time to dye! I have no idea what exact shade or brand they used to get the color that I wanted (I just told Jon that I wanted something drastically darker) but we just ended up calling it “dark roast coffee brown” because it’s dark, but not quite black? It can look black indoors/from afar, but it can also look chocolate brown under the sun.
If it washes out to something lighter after several shampoos, at least it’s not going to be as light/blonde as my previous hair color! Crossing my fingers this color sticks around, or else I won’t know what to do with my life anymore!
Next up was my favorite keratin treatment! I almost forgot how good this treatment was. The last time I had keratin treatment was January, and I was so happy to hear that I was up for another one this month (they recommend getting a keratin treatment every 6 months). My mom swears by this treatment to keep her wavy hair in place!
After they applied the keratin treatment, they blowdried my hair before…
…using a straightening iron to lock all the treatment in.
No more rebellious strands! Keratin treatment always smoothens out all my frizzy ends.
The result! Natural dark brown healthy hair! Jon used a blowdryer to achieve this effect, lololol I love him! Go visit Louis Phillip Kee C5 Acropolis / Libis branch for the perfect rainy season makeover!
Louis Phillip Kee Premier Salon can be found at The Fort (856-3388), Midori (553-4551) C5/Libis/Acropolis (638-4001) and Banawe (288-9758). You can set up an appointment or inquire about specific locations and prices by calling them. They’ll gladly be of service!