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31 October 2011

Hair Disaster

Have you ever had a hair disaster that pissed you off so bad that you couldn't do anything until you get it fixed?? Well yesterday we tried this not-so-new salon to get our hair done. It's not really new, it's been there for years but I've never had a haircut there before.

So F-Salon looked nice from the outside. That's all. When we got in, it looked so... cheap. It was not neat, barely decorated and... bare. Well, I thought maybe they can still work it out - it's not the looks of the salon. It's the talent.

AND TALENT THEY HAVE NOT!

So I told to sit on the chair and while I waited, this ugly fat gay stylist came and started ironing HIS hair. Okkkaayyy... I was already looking at him but he didn't mind. I was about to stand up but this creature was talking nonstop to the other stylist (if you can call them that) and was making harsh comments. So I thought, "Hmmm this may end up in a fight if I walk out".

I took the risk, sat back and let the ugly creature cut my hair. Every now and then he would pause, check out his hair and his beer belly. It took less than ten minutes for him to finish and he said, ALL DONE.

Without a word, I stood up, paid and left.

Verdict: My hair looked horrible!! Good thing I didn't ask that creature to chop it off that much and it can still be fixed. It was literally layered and my hair strands looked like stairs. Then it wasn't symmetrical, it was simply horrible.

At this point I was wishing there was a David's Salon somewhere near.

Then I ran to Index Salon and had another haircut. I was on the waitlist for about an hour but it was fine. I can't go home looking like this.

F-Salon: Fucking Salon. Yes, I'm that pissed. All the hairdressers did was talk, chat, fix their own hair and look in the mirror. The creature (yes, lemme call him 'creature' because I don't wanna label him anything else as it may offend my gay friends, he's such a shame to all gays!) kept ironing his hair and fixing his hair and chatting and chatting. He can't even cut! Good thing it was just 50pesos - but you can't bring back my hair!!

Oh well, lesson learned - stay away from them cheap shit.

16 October 2011

Pinks and Black

Hey, hey! Makeup makeup makeup! I just love makeup ♥


I was browsing some stuff and for sure I'm gonna get some Sugarpill and Strobe stuff. Hmmm now, now... these stuff are gonna make me broke! LOL. Though we have similar makeup locally and I got some from James Cooper :) I used the pink and black as shown below.


As you can see, I don't really have big eyelids so it's a bit of a challenge to make color blending. The first layer usually doesn't become that obvious O.o

I got the makeup (yet again) from Watson's in MOA. It's pretty pricey but I really love how solid their colors are. I mean, I've tried loads of makeup and some of them are too light. Like some Avon makeup, the pressed eye shadow looks really red or pink but when used, it appears to be very light. It's not that bad since most people prefer to be natural looking. I'm kind of loud even in make, not just in clothing. It's a real challenge to find cosmetics that are bold enough to express what I want. When I was in college, I actually had a very hard time looking for really black eye shadow because most of those that I got appears to be gray.

Anyways, back to James Cooper stuff. Last time I checked in Watson's, the choices of colors actually declined. What you do here is that you choose a color and you but the cake itself and the palette is bought separately. The small cake is around 300-350php, I'm not really sure anymore. The smallest palette consists of four spots. I've been thinking if I'd go get some from them or I should go check out Sugarpill and Strobe.

Here are their stores - Sugarpill | Strobe

I'll definitely be posting something when I get them ^_^


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Lightroom :)

Most of the time, the main tool used for photo post processing is Photoshop. Now, I've finally decided to get Adobe Lightroom and yes, it's working very well. It doesn't make the photograph look manipulated, but rather it makes it more enhanced. It doesn't really change anything in the photo - unlike in Photoshop which is more inclined into pixel manipulation.

Anyways, I'm getting serious with my photography yet I'm still at the amateur stage. I can say that I have quite some experience in using Photoshop but here I can say I'm about intermediate but not professional. Now I'm learning more in Lightroom. Here's some sample of Lr:


You can import photos and move from one photo to another without having to "open" the file. It's relatively easier to use, consider that you're just doing post processing enhancement. It also allows to make enhancements in tones, hues, saturations and all that without the need to highly manipulate the photograph. One more good thing is that you leave the original photo untouched. You will have to "export" the post processed file and you can choose where you want to save it. The original file remains wherever it was.

If you're planning to make heavy manipulations like replacing the background, changing the color completely or anything more than enhancements; then Photoshop is the tool to use.

For me, I guess I'll be using Lightroom more often. I just got it this afternoon so I really can't tell much on how to use it and tips and stuff. I'll be posting more about this when I get the hang of it. For Photoshop, I'll probably make basic tutorials too.


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09 October 2011

Review: CoverGirl TruBlend Mineral Makeup

A few weeks ago, I got CG Trublend Liquid Makeup and Loose Mineral Powder. My mom have always recommended that I use CG because it's very skin friendly, hypoallergenic and gives the skin a very smooth finish. When I went to Watson's in MOA, I was initially planning to buy Maybelline Foundation - which is what I always use.

Of course, it all changed when I went past the CG stall and tried the Trublend stuff!



The Liquid Makeup was very light to the face. It's not greasy nor oily and putting it on wouldn't make you feel too made up at all. This is one thing that I'm very particular about liquid based makeup. Most of them are "heavy" to the face - it makes you feel like you ARE wearing makeup and as if you're wearing some thin mask. This liquid makeup will never give you that feel. While applying it, sure you'd feel like you're putting something on but it changes once it dries out. You also don't have to put on a lot.



The Loose Powder is one of my favorites. It sets your liquid makeup and it blends very well! Both the liquid and powder makeup comes in several shades so you really have the option of choosing which is best for you. Now after putting on the liquid makeup, this mineral powder removes any shine from your face and gives a nice finish ready for any color makeup! What I like most about it is that when I put it on, it's like I'm not adding anything at all in terms of color. There is definitely no change in hue. Unlike other loose powder, it makes your face appear lighter. This blends just right to your skin tone!


Kimi Starr gives FIVE STARS
For the price and value - it's definitely worth it! Liquid Makeup is around 695php and Loose Powder is around 545php found at Watsons (MOA). Not sure if this is available in other Watsons branches but can be sure found in any CG Stall especially those in SM Dept Stores, Rustans, etc.

Sample :


So I took some self portraits after applying the makeup. Here's the finished results prior post processing.

I've also made a video blog and I will post soon! :)



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04 October 2011

Plum

Hello everyone! I've been very busy lately so I wasn't really able to make any updates or reviews. Well, I'm supposed to make a review for the new makeup that I bought but I'll be doing that tomorrow and post it perhaps this weekend.

Anyways, here's some of my red hair again (with longer hair).

What I used : HBC Red Bleach
I was glad to find this on HBC (a local store). It's in a sachet and like regular bleach, it comes in powder form only that it has color! It's pretty nice because it's very bright. Now, like usual bleach - do not let it stay too long on your hair as it will cause SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE. I mixed it with 12% developer and let it stay on my hair for about 10 - 15 minutes. If you want to have better results, you can try two sessions. If your first attempt isn't as red as expected, please wait for a day or so to do the next session and repeat the same procedure.


As you can see, my hair is very bright - almost orange. Note that using this bleach will have varying results. It's best that you do a strand test first. My hair strand is fairly thin and very easy to dye, consider that it's also brown and not black. If you want to go for a pinkier hue, then you must opt for pink dye instead of red bleach.

Have fun!

Note: If it's your first time to do this to you hair, do a strand test or dye a part of your hair first - preferably somewhere hidden. Why? Because you'll never know the results! Some people's hair fall off too easily, some doesn't achieve the color they want. In doubt? Please consider going to a professional.


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