Month: September 2014

Dress for Success (What to Wear for a Job Interview Part 1)

When I got my first few requests for job interviews, my immediate dilemma was my wardrobe. I had just graduated and passed my board exam, and aside from corporate outfits we had to wear for thesis defense and other presentations, I had very few choices.

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Coming up with what to wear for a job interview is a challenge because you want to fit in and stand out at the same time. This is the moment you make your first impression, and you don’t want to mess it up. Whether you like it or not, what you wear matters when you want to land your dream job.

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I’ve applied to jobs of varying backgrounds, from pharmaceutical, to fashion, beauty, and administrative. Dressing is especially tricky when you have two to three interviews scheduled in one day, and your outfit has to be flexible enough to suit all of those different jobs.

After going through a lot of interviews, I’ve created a step by step guide to dressing for your job interview:

  1. Check out the company culture.
  2. Wear something that’s not too fancy or formal, but not too casual either.
  3. Match your interviewer.
  4. Make sure your clothes are clean, ironed, and fits you well.

Check out the Company Culture

Do your research, do they wear uniforms? Is the nature of the company one that would require its employees to be in suits, or just in shirts and jeans?

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Not Too Fancy But Not Too Casual

A suit would not be the best option for your job interview if it so happens that the employees in that company wear shorts and flipflops. Go for something in between. For this one, I wore a comfy chiffon crepe top with a pencil skirt. It’s not too casual, but not too formal either.

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Match Your Interviewer

It would be a good option to match what your interviewer is wearing, or be slightly dressier. I always think of business casual so it would be somewhere in between suits and jeans.

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Check the Details of Your Outfit

  1. Make sure your clothes are ironed and pressed. You don’t want to give your interviewer the impression that you don’t pay attention to detail with a wrinkled shirt.
  2. It doesn’t matter if it’s from the most expensive brands, your clothes have to fit you well first.
  3. Don’t wear flashy jewelry. Stick to simple pieces like pearls, or a simple pendant necklace.
  4. Keep the perfume to a minimum. Your interviewer might turn out to be allergic to the scent, so just keep it subtle but fresh.
  5. Don’t wear anything revealing and wear proper lingerie. You don’t want any wardrobe malfunction now, do you?
  6. Don’t overdo the makeup. Conceal only the necessary and maintain a natural look.
  7. Don’t wear anything that has prints or colors that are too loud. You’d still want your interviewer to remember your credentials and not that crazy neon printed blazer you wore.

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Lastly, don’t forget to smile! Confidence gives a much better impression than your looks. Be proud of what you have achieved so far and flaunt that to get your dream job!

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I chose this skirt instead of a plain colored pencil skirt because it has beautiful details. It goes at an appropriate length, and attention grabbing, in a good way. Invest in statement pieces like this so you can stand out.

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Lace Crepe Chiffon Top: Warehouse

Embroidered Tweed Skirt with Leather Piping: Zara

Nude Pumps: People Are People

Bag: Prada

photos by Ben Bigalbal

What do you think of my favorite job interview look?

P.S. I might do this as a series of three outfits, so watch out for more!

Review: Dial Coconut Water Body Wash

Huzzah! Another skincare related post. I think this is the universe’s way of telling that I really have to take care of my skin. As I have said previously, My face is of the combination skin type, but the skin on the rest of my body is generally dry. When I heard about Dial Coconut Water, I was interested because coconut water has incredible hydrating properties. Also, I had this phase in high school where I only used this shampoo with a coconut scent, so you could prolly call me coco loco. Sorry if that was a bit too cheesy. haha

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Back to our skin, since it is the largest organ of our body, and also the most exposed one, we should take all measures to take care of it. Our skin is not there just for aesthetic purposes, they also serve as our primary barrier against the environment. Regardless of the condition of your skin, you should take extra care of it.

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Bath soaps and body washes are essential to clean your skin from all the dirt and grime you get from your daily activities. However, some soaps and body washes can actually strip off essential oils from the skin that could lead to dryness. Some of these soaps that tend to dry the skin are those usually with antibacterial and whitening properties.  One way to address this dilemma is to go natural, or go for products that have more natural or organic ingredients.

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The Dial Coconut Water line of body care products is the first of its kind in the market, having coconut water as its primary ingredient in cleansing and caring for the skin. With coconut water found in young green coconuts, complemented by bamboo leaf extract, the Dial Coconut Water soap and body wash are rich in anti-oxidants, which get rid of harmful free-radicals that make skin look old and unhealthy, while the electrolytes in it keep the skin ultra-hydrated and rejuvenated. A great plus is that it has a mild refreshing coconut scent that I really love.

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It only takes one shower using Dial Coconut Water soap and body wash to have that much needed skin care – for a healthier aura people will notice. If you’re that type of person who hates putting on lotion or cream to moisturize the skin, Dial Coconut water products can actually help you. Although Dial Coconut Water does not replace the moisturizing power coming from those oil based products, you will still have some hydration from Dial Coconut Water products.

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Comments:

  • Packaging: Complete labels, directions for use, expiry date, ingredients and other pertinent information
  • Appearance: light green clear viscous liquid
  • Scent: mild and not overpowering
  • I’ve been using it for two weeks now, as well as my family, and we all agree that it does moisturize a little bit more than the usual soaps and body wash available in the market
  • Usage: Since it’s a bit thick and viscous, you don’t need to use a large amount every time.
  • Will I repurchase? For myself, maybe not since I regularly use whitening soaps. The male members of my family plan to repurchase though.

Dial Coconut Water is available at all leading supermarkets and department stores in Metro Manila. To know more about Dial, visit www.dialsoap.com

Dial Coconut Water: Because natural is the way to nourish.

If you guys get to try Dial Coco Water, let me know how it goes for you!

photos of me by Alyssa Yu

Physiogel empowers every Filipina with #FreeInMySkin Movement

I have always been insecure of my skin. My skin type is combination, with a T-zone that’s oily, and a U-zone that’s dry. In high school, I would get the biggest pimple on my nose, and everyone would notice. Some even called me Rudolph the red nosed reindeer on those days. A few years ago, I went to a dermatologist and she recommended using Physiogel cleanser and lotion, plus sunscreen from another brand. I started using it then, and I noticed that my skin became better. I still got breakouts every once in a while, but not as often as before.

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Patti Grandidge, TV host and cupcake expert, shares the same sentiments. Patti admitted that she used to be like one of every two Filipinas who suffered from dry and sensitive skin.

In this video, Patti shares how the simple change in her skincare routine with choosing Physiogel helped renew her confidence.

“Unlike ordinary moisturizers I used before, Physiogel® made my skin less sensitive and dry. My skin became so much softer, smoother and definitely healthier.” Patti said she understands how insecurities can be restraining and wants every Filipina to be free from dry, sensitive skin and to confidently reveal their true selves. Just like she did.

In the event, everyone got to learn about Physiogel’s latest campaign, the Free in My Skin Movement.

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Patti shared the stage with these women who also shared their stories with using Physiogel.

The Free in My Skin Movement aims to empower women to fully embrace and participate in life by freeing them from dry and sensitive skin, because having dry and sensitive skin can serve as a hindrance for women to fully function to their best abilities. This movement also aims to honor smart, strong, sensitive women who have faced their insecurities (physically and emotionally) and are now embracing and living life to the fullest.

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“The Free in My Skin movement is not just about creating a nurturing community of  smart, strong and sensitive women, but is also as a way of honoring these women who didn’t let their dry-skin insecurities prevent them from being the best versions of themselves,” says General Manager of GSK Consumer Healthcare, Mr. JeoffreyYulo.

Patti urged us to join the movement and post a statement on facebook, like the screencaps above.

You can join the movement by sharing this:

Honoring the smart, strong, sensitive women in my life who inspire me to be #FreeInMySkin (Then tag three women who do) #NowPayItForward

Then your honorees can pay it forward by joining the movement and tagging three more women.

Locking Moisture In

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Physiogel® is the only skincare product that has the patented advanced PhysiogelBioMimic Technology® that works naturally with your skin to make it less sensitive and dry. Like a jigsaw puzzle, your skin’s natural lipidlayers form a matrix, helping to lock the moisture within. This allows Physiogel® to repair dehydrated skin, rehydrate the essential barriers and also revitalize the skin―keeping it healthy from within.Physiogel® is free from perfumes, preservatives or colorants.

Forskin that is less sensitive and dry, experience the difference with Physiogel®, the most recommended moisturizer brand by dermatologists in the Philippines.

For more information, visit www.physiogel.ph/ or www.facebook.com/PhysiogelPH

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Physiogel is the No.1 prescribed moisturizer by dermatologists.* Physiogel is a skin moisturizing brand that falls under the Dermo-Cosmetic Category of the Skin Care Market. It comes in cleanser, cream & lotion formats for dry, sensitive skin.  Its cleanser is a mild, soap-free and hypo-allergenic cleanser.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.  For further information please visit www.gsk.com.

*According to the Philippine Medical Data Index (PMDI MAT 2013)

photos grabbed from Rhea Bue and First Tier Branding Solutions.

Antifit

A few years ago, the bodycon trend was everywhere. Until now, you still see it in some stores. Anti-fit is the exact opposite, where it literally means that style that doesn’t conform to the contour of the body.

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With the normcore thing going strong nowadays, I figured I’d do something similar, this time with anti-fit. There’s a charm to wearing something chic and tailored and yet extremely comfy.

By the way, I love this outfit because I won best dressed with it! I attended the Roland Mouret for Banana Republic launch hosted by Camille Co and Lissa Kahayon, and they picked me! I got to take home a goodie bag from Beauty Bar for winning.

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Anyway, back to my outfit. Since my dress was already boxy, I decided to pair it with my favorite sexy heels of the moment, these Zara cutout heels.

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I also wore my hair up so the details of my neckline would be more appreciated.

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To finish off the look, I used this very pretty sling bag from Tory Burch.

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Don’t you just love my heels? I keep using them even when they’re not comfortable.

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I also love the print on my dress, so simple, but the execution with the color blocking just adds more attitude to the dress.

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Dress and Heels: Zara

Quilted Sling Bag: Tory Burch

Earrings: Fashion Spice Manila

photos by Alyssa Yu

What do you think about antifit?

Hero of D Day (HODD) – Be A Hero, Share a Hero

I am a strong advocate of a lot of things, most of them with healthcare related issues. When it comes to advocacies, the one thing that inspires movement is the belief in what you do, and when your audience believes that too. A few weeks ago, I was able to talk to the changemakers behind Hero of D Day, and what got my support was the passion with which they spoke about sharing the stories of everyday heroes.

Before anything else, here’s a video showing the many definitions of a hero by different people around the country.

Hero Of D Day (HODD) is a non-profit social media organization that believes there is a hero in all of us. Founded by a group of passionate individuals wanting to affect positive social change, their vision is for people to recognize the hero within and become everyday heroes themselves – mindful of the abounding good around them, grateful for these, and inspired to pay it forward.

To do their part, HODD collects stories of heroism and publishes them online. They also partner with organizations involved in social advocacies, community development, and nation building. They launch programs meant for personality and skills enhancement as well. One such program is the HODD Huddle, the HODD community meeting. Here, participants have the opportunity to learn more about the organization, attend workshops, and meet other individuals dedicated to the cause.

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I was able to attend the recent HODD Huddle Zero to Hero: A Hero Sharing Boot Camp held last August 25, 2014, National Heroes Day, at Commune Cafe Manila. I learned a thing or two about sharing stories on social media.

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The first speaker was Andy Samaniego, a commercial lifestyle photographer and visual artist. He gave everyone tips on taking great artsy photos using your handy camera phone.

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In taking photos, first you have to think of composition. While the photo should be clear, you should also take note of the lighting. There are three things about lighting that should matter:

  • direction of light
  • quality of light
  • color of light

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In this photo Andy shows us how the lighting dramatically changes the mood of the photo. For example, the backlight on the girl looks great because it adds to the warm emotion coming from the photo.

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Andy also did a demo for taking photos using your mobile phone camera. Aside from the lighting, he showed us the different ways to improve a photo with the change in background. He also suggested photo editing apps like Snapseed to make out photos even more artistic.

The second speaker was Eric Melendez, a writer and researcher for non-profit organizations, a contributor for Esquire Philippines, and a renowned fictionist. He spoke about writing for social causes and how to creatively tell a story. I learned a lot from listening to him define changemakers and enablers.

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In writing a creative story, he told us to write about what inspires you, or that intractable small problem you can solve. We can all start small towards making a big difference. The one thing I remember most about his presentation is that sincerity can help you write a story. Sincerity indirectly tells someone that, “You have a story, and I can help write it for you.”

The last speaker was Karen Galarpe, the City Editor for GMA News Online, and she presented about social media writing tactics. Her approach was very practical, exactly what social media users like me need.

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I got to sample Commune’s longganisa breakfast set while at the HODD Huddle. It was good, nothing new about its presentation or flavor profile though. Sadly, I wasn’t able to take photos of latte art because their crafty barista was doing a shoot with a TV show.

All in all, I had a lot of fun with my first HODD Huddle experience. I learned a lot and also got to meet different people who are passionate with what they do.

They announce HODD Huddle schedules on their Facebook page, so if you’re interested to join the next Huddle, follow them!

For more information on Hero Of D Day, visit www.heroofdday.org. Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram @heroofdday. For inquiries, email info@heroofdday.org.

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Also, they have an ongoing photography contest in partnership with the Philippine Jesuit Association, so if you know anyone who can join, share this to them!

This September, Robinsons Galleria features well loved brands Daniel Hechter, G2000, Topman, Topshop, Warehouse, Dorothy Perkins, Basic House, Collezione C2, Bayo, PD & Co., Solo and CLN in the annual Ramp Up Your Style Fashion Show. This time around, it will be held on September 25, 2014 5:30pm at the Activity Area.

20 models, male and female made up by MUA Mia Jose, will get to strut their stuff on the runway as they flaunt pieces from the latest lookbooks of these brands. During the said event, Fantabulous productions, the organizer, together with partner brands, will give away raffle prizes to lucky audience members. Perfume avenue will provide 10 packs worth 495 each as raffle for the audience and Pascual laboratories, the company behind Oracare, Calchews, Potencee, etc. will give away loot bags to the audience coming in.

The event is open to all, so, see you there!! Who knows, you might be the lucky raffle winner *wink*

For updates on the latest promos and events in Robinsons Galleria, you can like them on Facebook, Instagram (@robinsonsmallsofficial), and Twitter (@robinsonsmalls).

See you on Friday!

Walk Tall

“Walk tall, or baby don’t walk at all.” – Bruce Springsteen

That’s the thing about great clothes, they can help lift your mood and let you walk tall. I find myself doing that a lot lately, putting on outfits to cheer myself up, or to boost my ego.

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It also helps if you’re in high heels, makes walking tall even more convincing.

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I wore this out went I went to a meeting, to make it more appropriate, I wore a blazer on top of my chiffon blouse. I wasn’t particularly in high spirits that day, so to add to my confidence I decided I needed a diluted version of a power look. I think it did the trick, I breezed through that meeting, and ended it on a good note.

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The top has a tent structure, very loose and billowy, so to give myself more shape, I cinched it with a gold belt.

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I paired it with my SuperShaper jeans from Freego. The pale blue of my jeans work well with the soft black chiffon.

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To add a little more drama, I used my old Miu Miu inspired sunnies from Charlie. the shape is so interesting, but the color adds a sophisticated twist to it.

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The jeans look good right?

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I love how this photo shows how tiny my waist is. That rarely happens, so I just had to post this one.

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Another thing I loved about this top is the keyhole detail. Adds more character, right?

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Remember these jeans from this post? I still use them because they’re just so comfy!

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You’ll see more of these pointy stilettos in my blog. Even though i’ve had these for a while, I’ve just realized recently how they suit my style so well.

You know the drill, hype it on Lookbook!

Black Chiffon Top: Curtsy (@curtsyprgirl)

SuperShaper Jeans: Freego (@freego_jeans)

Belt: Espada

Pointed Toe Heels: SM Parisian

Sunnies: Sunnies Studios

photos by Ben Bigalbal

What do you wear to lift your mood?

Colgate Optic White Dream Wedding

Every girl dreams of a perfect wedding. Ever since attending my first wedding as a flower girl, I have always been fascinated by the flowers, frills, laces, and the excitement. However, in a lot of those weddings, there were a few hiccups and mishaps.

This time around, a brand we’ve all grown up with, Colgate, with it’s Optic White line, gives brides-to-be one less thing to worry about – that perfect white smile. Last week, they launched their Dream Wedding contest where brides-to-be will get a chance to work with the wedding dream team, Jason Magbanua and Pat Dy.
In the video, you’ll see three lovely ladies, Maggie Wilson Consunji, Stephanie Kienle Gonzales and Cat Arambulo Antonio talk about their big day, and how Colgate can help any bride-to-be.

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At the launce of Colgate Optic White Dream Wedding, I got to listen to these lovely ladies, along with the brand’s ambassador, Solenn Heusaff and the event host Patti Grandidge Herrera, and their wedding stories.

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I love how you can tell that these women are in wedded bliss. I mean, they just glow every time they talk about their married life, and their special day.

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The Conservatory at the Manila Peninsula Hotel was transformed into a red and white themed wedding reception hall. I love the whole look. Well, I’m really biased because Manila Pen is my favorite hotel in the metro, and I wish I’d get married there when i meet the right guy.

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The Colgate Optic White line promises one shade whiter teeth after just one week, giving everyone that perfect smile.

“It’s one of the first things people notice, and having the perfect white smile will definitely boost your confidence to get through any day,” says Solenn. “I’ve used the product long enough to know that you can really rely on Colgate Optic White to give you the perfect smile on your wedding day. And even if I’m not yet getting married, I still want to dazzle my man with my perfect white smile,“ she adds.

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In this photo, you can see Maggie Wilson Consunji, hubby Victor Consunji, and their adorable son, Connor. I was watching them while the even was going on, and Connor was so cute running around, with his parents chasing after him.

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And now, the men of the hour, two of the country’s most celebrated names in the wedding industry, photographer Pat Dy and videographer Jason Magbanua. I was literally awed by Mr. Magbanua. I cried a lot of times while watching his prenup videos, he tells the love stories of the couples so well!

When planning a wedding, most brides-to-be have Jason and Pat on their wish list; the two are, after all, the best of the best, and are among the most celebrated names in the world of weddings.

Now, future brides can join the ranks of Manila’s most beautiful by being part of Colgate Optic White’s Dream Wedding contest. By uploading a short video of their absolute worst wedding worries on the Colgate Philippines’ Facebook page, one lucky bride will have the chance for her wedding to be captured through the eyes of Pat Dy and Jason Magbanua.

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Thank you Colgate Optic White for having me! I wished I was getting married soon so I could join the contest, like hello, who wouldn’t want to be shot by these two?

To join the Colgate Optic White Dream Wedding Contest, visit this app on Facebook.

Colgate Optic White’s Dream Wedding runs from September 4 to October 31, 2014 and is open to all wedded-to-be Filipinos in January until June 2015. The 10 most creative submissions will be chosen and voted on by the public.

Awkward

“Life isn’t meant to be easy. It’s meant to be lived. sometimes happy other times rough. But with every up and down you learn lessons that make you strong.” – Unknown

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Life has always been a series of ups and downs. One minute you’re extremely happy, the next you’re faced with an incredibly difficult situation. Life is life that way, throwing curve-balls when we least expect it. What gets me through is the belief that whatever life throws at me, I will conquer, because it can only make me stronger as a person.

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I dress with my mood sometimes. I was feeling really down on this day, so I decided to put on somber colors, gray and black. I was with a lot of fashion bloggers that day too, so I couldn’t disappoint. After all, you wouldn’t want to be under-dressed among a set of well dressed people.

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It was the second day of Bazaar for All Season, and I was staying at Rhea’s (@iamthedoll) booth to keep her company and sell her stuff. I sold a few things of my own too, mostly stuff I didn’t use, but just a few items I can add to Rhea’s overflowing closet.

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Elements Tent at Eton Centris isn’t well ventilated. The day before this, we were really annoyed with how the place felt a bit too toasty considering it was rainy July. I wore this thin, semi sheer knit topso it wouldn’t be too warm for me.

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Initially, I wanted to wear my black origami skorts with the pullover, but then decided on these studded shorts since I was more comfortable in these. Since we moved around at the bazaar a lot, comfort was a priority.

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I put on this awesome lace fedora I got on sale from SM accessories for some attitude. I figured that would help boost my confidence since my mood was down that day.

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I finished my look with my favorite Zara sale find, these suede cutout heels. These aren’t the most comfortable heels, but they really are pretty.

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See how great the details on this hat are?

This is another favorite from my recent acquisitions. Very normcore, this stone necklace has a really nice cut, and I love that it’s rose quartz.

A snap of my Pandora. I swear, when I finally accept a job, I’m getting a charm to celebrate it.

See? The shoes are really pretty.

Love it? Hype it on lookbook for me?

Knit Pullover: Chatuchak Market, Thailand

Studded Shorts: Iglesias PH

Lace Fedora: SM Accessories

Heels: Zara

Bracelet: Pandora

photos by Ben Bigalbal

Despite my mood, I got to enjoy the day because I was with these lovely people.

Rhea, Kiko Cagayat and I. My facial expressions are no match to the way these people project.

Kiko is a Lookbook famous blogger who works in Japan, and I had a lot of fun with him during his visit. He’s such a character and I can’t wait until he visits the country again!

Behold, the awesomeness that is Bea Benedicto. This girl is my new girl crush. Aside from the obvious fact that she has a pretty face, this girl never runs out of spunk and nice words for other people.

By the way, my expressions look like crap compared to hers. We had a ton of photos together, but since my facial expressions on the others look too forced, I only used these.

She’s really pretty, yes? That’s exactly why she’s booked a lot of commercial campaigns this year. I spot her a lot on TV ads and in magazines.

Can’t wait for the next BFAS so I can see these people under one roof again!

Review: Princess Hazel Salon and Spa

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With all the hard work we put into our daily lives, we all deserve the royal treatment every once in a while. At Princess Hazel Salon and Spa, they do just that. Coupled with the luxurious interiors, they treat each client with such excellent service that you’ll really feel like a royalty, even just for a day. On those days where you feel extremely burned out, you deserve to get pampered at a space where it is a feast for all of your senses.

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These beautiful lounge chairs look like they came from a TV set, from a fairytale themed show to be exact. These were the first thoughts that came when I entered Princess Hazel Salon and Spa. This area is where they do manicure, pedicure, foot spa, paraffin, the usual.

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They also have a wide array of nail polishes, having brands like OPI, Essie, among others.

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I loved their options for nail art! Check out the photo below, these are but few of the possibilities.

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Again, they have a lot of options, from pastels, to brights and neons, from matte, to cracked and glittered, Princess Hazel has them. It is because of these options that make the spa perfect for sparties or group dates, because you’re sure to find options that suit everyone.

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They also carry a lot of different items for retail selling: from supplements, to cosmetic products, accessories. The most noteworthy items on their sparkly retail space is the Keira 100% Human Hair extensions. Because they are made from human hair, they can be styled anyway you want, curled, straightened, volumized, any style you can thing of. These extensions are perfect for those times when you want to change up your look temporarily.

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Princess Hazel Salon and Spa almost has every service you can do to hair. What you see below is the salon area, where they cut, style, color, and treat hair. They also do makeup, so they really are a one stop for beauty needs.

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Aside from the plush chairs, my favorite piece inside the salon is this beautiful chandelier. I love that every corner of the place is in theme, never once going away from the royal theme.

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During my visit, I chanced upon this girl getting the Queen Package: Hair Color + Rebond/Brazilian Blowout + Treatment + Haircut. The pricing for the package depends on hair length: Short (Php 3499), Medium (Php 4499), Long (Php 5499). I think this package is great if you’re looking for great value for money, since you’re having a lot done with such a promo price.

Princess Hazel Salon and Spa has a second level inside. Below is a photo of the area where they do massages and body scrubs. I have always loved purple and gold as a color match, they always look so luxurious together.

I got to experience the Moroccan body scrub, which happens to be their best seller. I was asked to wear this towel dress and shower cap set, which match by the way, in a cute pink hue. In spas, I get very particular about hygiene, so I liked that they changed the plastic covers over the spa beds for every customer. I also liked that they have disposable underwear for the clients to use.

I loved my body scrub. First of all, it smelled so nice, a mix of musk, vanilla, and earthy sweet smells. Second, I like how my attendant was constantly asking me if the pressure was okay, and kept on adjusting to my preferences. It was very relaxing, and possibly one of the best body scrubs I’ve experienced. Mind you, I noticed how attentive she was to my requests, and answered every question as best as she can.

Next up was mission hairless. While it is impossible to get me completely hairless, I happen to be balbon (hairy), I went with my usual Brazilian, which they call Sphinx, underarm waxing, and upper lip threading.

This was the waxing room, they also have one for RF slimming treatments, and another for facial services.

They use the whole waxing range from GiGi, which the internet says is a fairly good brand. For my Sphinx (technically Brazilian) service, the wax was scented Honey, while for my underarms, it was chocolate. They both smelled really good by the way, and subtle, since it doesn’t really matter as wax comes off anyway.

For my Sphinx service, I felt less pain than in other establishments (Lay Bare, Pink Parlour). I think this is because my attendant moved fast, and kept chatting with me to distract me from the pain. I also liked that the GiGi line of products were used in order, oil-powder-wax-cream, etc, depending on the condition of the client. Usually, after a waxing session at such a sensitive area as that, I usually feel very sore. This time was a bit different, there was less redness and blotching. My only issue though, was I got small pimples down my bikini line the next day, which usually doesn’t happen. I believe they used new spatulas and cleaned their materials regularly, so I don’t think it was because of that. My suspicion is with the technique, I think the wax was being removed to fast, and left more nicks on my skin than usual. All in all, it was satisfactory.

For my underarm waxing, again, I felt less pain than with others, and it was done in record time. She was fast but efficient, I inspected my skin and she did a great job. The evidence is with the photo below. The photo was taken one day after, as you can see, no redness, no blotching, no chicken skin, my skin looked smooth to touch. I definitely loved the underarm waxing.

Next up, is the always painful upper lip threading. The room below is where they do everything facial, eyebrow and upper lip threading, eyelash extensions, facial massage, among others.

Here’s a photo of my mustache, so you can spot the difference.

Then tadaaaa! The photo below was also taken one day after the service, and my mustache is gone! I loved how quick my attendant was with the threading because it was really painful, especially with the hair closest to the lips. She was also very meticulous, so you knew you were in good hands.

Lastly, here’s the room where they do RF slimming sessions.

All in all, I had a lot of fun at Princess Hazel Salon and Spa. Aside from being a really photogenic place, the very friendly and helpful staff is a good reason to come back for more.

Here I am with the owner of the beautiful place, Princess Hazel Uy herself, having a few laughs while enjoying the comfort of these plush lounge chairs.

Princess Hazel Salon and Spa

Unit 203 Pacific Century Tower

1472-1476 Quezon Ave. Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City

Open on Monday – Saturday 10AM-9PM

09165595222 / (02) 2945819

Follow them on Intagram (@ilovehairph) for promos and updates!

Going to drop by anytime soon? Reserve your slot because they get fully booked on some days. Let me know how your experience goes. 🙂