More than a year ago, I couldn’t see myself as a blogger who would write for her international audience and maintain an entertaining voice in the blogosphere. Now, my site is live for almost two years and I am still overwhelmed by the amount of followers and active readers I have. I received several blog awards, book review proposals, product review offers, and store collaborations, which all made me feel very grateful to each one of you who continue supporting my writing. Every time someone liked, commented, shared, and reposted my articles, I feel satisfied being read and appreciated. I kept on saying that blogging is my new passion; it gave me this certain purpose and happiness in life.
As I look back, I couldn’t imagine myself not taking that huge leap into publishing my own thoughts. Thanks to my former colleague, Jae, she encouraged me to have an outlet of my opinions. I dwelled in the possibilities and found promising ones along the journey.
Why don’t you try blogging? An answer immediately formed in my mind and without thinking twice, I took a plunge into the deep sea of possibilities.
Perks of a Blogger
Possibility #1: Instant celebrity
Along with a gradual rise to stardom, one possibility that I considered was the number of people I am going to talk to through my blog. Originally having a free site hosted by WordPress, I easily gained readership from US, Philippines, UK, Canada, and Australia. The rest of the world followed. Soon, I reached my first one thousandth follower which put me in cloud nine. It continued growing and I found myself having new international friends who are so accommodating in sharing their thoughts with me.
Click below to see my posts bragging about my blog achievements
Looking back: Year 2012
My first blog anniversary
Possibility #2: Freedom wall
Technically not a wall, but having a website of my own helped me to be comfortable with whatever I wanted to write. I could freely talk about my love for reading, culture, history, politics, food, and fashion without thinking that someone might not like it. During the times that I was down, I found writing a very cathartic activity, too.
Click here for some random posts I have made:
As I lay dying
Whose innocence? On innocence of Muslims
An art piece
Date a man who reads
10 gift ideas for bookworms (books excluded)
Possibility #3: Product endorser
If this is not your first time to visit my site, you would’ve noticed my right widget bar filled with banner ads from various shops. You might be wondering what those are and nope, they aren’t affiliate links for me to earn money. Instead, these online stores are willing to do collaborations with me by sending some of their products for free in exchange of an honest review. I feel like a popular celebrity!
I usually get review products like these!
Just a few days ago, I received a parcel from South Korea containing items I got from my newest partner, JAMY. This is an online store featuring several Korean clothing and cosmetic brands for both men and women like Aboki, Tom & Rabbit, Niponjjuya, Pink Banana, among others . Since 2007, its mission is to provide the best Korean fashion to the international market by having a Joyful theme, Artistic style, Magical products, and Youthful lifestyle.
For this article, I would like to share a cute dress I got from Tom & Rabbit brand from JAMY. Since my favorite color is blue, I instantly fell in love with the hue and design of this piece. Don’t you think it’s lovely?
Possibility #4: Playing like a Model
Reviews are more effective when someone actually uses the products received and for this case, I have to try and wear the dress. Smiling in front of a camera while sporting this lovely number sounds a better way to make my point, don’t you agree?
The dress is in free size so I had to pray and hope for the best. Fortunately, it fits nicely and the material hugs my body in all the right places.
I especially like that the shoulder length of the dress is the same with mine so I don’t have to suffer from loose/hanging sleeves.
Furthermore, I like how the skirt blooms from waist down. So princess-like!
Love my pink bag? I got this from Dresslink in a very affordable price.
Thanks to blogging, doors of possibilities were opened before me. Things that I didn’t think I could do before are now easily within my reach. Through being active in my website and positively engaging to a lot of people I meet both online and offline, I am now able to taste some perks of being a blogger. Getting something out of writing wasn’t in my intention when I first started this, but who doesn’t want to experience more things that life has to offer?
Do you normally take chances and try out possibilities in a certain situation? Please share and let me know.
Who’s into checking out his/her luck? Dwell in possibilities and you might win my ongoing international giveaway here!
International Giveaway ending on November 6!
Stay tuned for another outfit and review post for JAMY soon!
Last September 29, I was lucky to be one of the girls to attend the second BDJ Box Social of the year. BDJ or Belle de Jour, is a fashion and lifestyle planner maker in the Philippines with the mission to empower Filipinas to live their lives to the fullest. BDJ Box is its brain child which helps women to get to know about many products for them to try and use.
In the BDJ Box Beauty Social, women of all ages quickly filled SM North Edsa Skydome to celebrate their most gorgeous selves together with BDJ skin care, make-up, and hair care affiliate brands. Some of these partners are Revlon, Shiseido, MaxFactor, CoverGirl, L’oreal, Maybelline, Yves Rocher, Too Cool for School, Ralph Lauren, Lucido-L, Bifesta, among others. All of them staged their own booths in the Beauty Social and showcased their newest products to everyone.
Upon entering the venue, this was how it looked like:
Photo courtesy of BDJ Box
The partner brands’ booths surrounded the stage with their own fun and interactive activities. Look at what I saw!
Ralph Lauren: This is my favorite booth design!
Garnier had this huge photo frame! They also served refreshing fruity mocktails.
Too Cool for School: Played Korean traditional game, Yutnori, but was unlucky to get only one prize, haha!
Yves Rocher: Got my skin analyzed and had a free makeover!
Celeteque also has its booth with some skin pampering activities
While some were enjoying the booths, pre-registered ladies were scheduled to attend the beauty talks. Here were the talks prepared by BDJ Box.
I got the Parisian Pretty with L’oreal Paris, Signature Scents with Ralph Lauren, and Torch Calories without Looking like You Did talks. The three were very informative, and I loved how they selected the appropriate resource speakers for each talks. They were also attentive to the follow-up questions made after each topics and some even awarded prizes for those who asked!
After checking out every booth and attending all my scheduled talks, my friends and I faced the cameras and posed in front of the featured photo booths. We also had some of our photos taken with the partner brands.
It was obvious that my friends and I had fun in our very first beauty social. It was all thanks to BDJ Box, partners, organizers, and everyone who made the event a success. We all went home with a huge smile on our faces. Who wouldn’t when you got a loot bag full of these?
Stay tuned for my BDJ Beauty Fair at SM Mall of Asia write-up!
Who loves shopping? Do you need a new piece in your wardrobe? Join my current international giveaway to have a chance to choose whatever you want for $30!
INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY HERE
Upon observing the trends of my posts, I think it would be nice to feature at least two online shops a month. That way, I would be able to let my readers know about the stores I like and love to purchase fabulous products. For today, I would like to introduce you to a girly clothing provider, SheInside.
SheInside is an international apparel which offers the latest trends in fashion. It boasts an updated huge collection of tops, dresses, bottoms, and accessories. Aside from that, it also offers FREE standard international shipping. More importantly, and what I love best about the shop, it has factory-price yet runway-quality items! What more can a customer ask for?
Here are some things I like from SheInside:
Did you read that correctly? Yes! She Inside offers Free Trial on its products. Just go to this LINK, and who knows? You might get one of these for FREE!
They are currently holding a Flash Sale! Price starts at $9.9!
Do you love rewards? Then you would like this program made by She Inside. For everything you do, you can earn points that you can use to purchase items from the shop. Like social media apps? Share SheInside products in your platforms to gain points. You can also write review, uploading your photo wearing SheInside clothes, among others. To know more, kindly click here.
She Inside recruits designers worldwide for a chance to showcase their talent by designing clothes for the shop. Later, the designs will be available for sale in She Inside store. Interested to apply? Click here.
Are you loving SheInside now? Then go over the website now and enjoy shopping!
P.S. Don’t forget to join my ongoing GIVEAWAY!
“I wish everyday could be Halloween. We could all wear masks all the time. Then we could walk around and get to know each other before we got to see what we looked like under the masks.” ― R.J. Palacio
It is this time of the year when we go out of our regular routine of styling our way to school or work – choosing appropriate attire and putting enough or bare make-up look. By the end of the 10th month each year, kids and adults alike tend to join the holiday celebration by choosing to be someone they are not just for the fun of it.
Dressing up is cool and enjoyable, but what better way to show your creative juices by preparing a unique and appealing costume this season? During this holiday, you can be anyone you wanted to be. Let your imagination and creativity inspire you. No one is young or old enough to join the festivities, so what’s stopping you?
For the longest time, we have seen people playing as ghouls, vampires, werewolves, Frankenstein, gypsies, princesses, angels, human butterflies, and what have yous. There are a lot of characters waiting for you to portray them, so come and create your own costume today!
Inspired and interested? You can browse more items here. Take note that Udobuy
is currently offering a FREE vampire dress for orders over $99. Isn’t that a sweet deal?
To further highlight the festivity, the shop is also offering its Fur Fashion Coat sale with 30% discount. Perfect for the upcoming season!
As a loyal customer of Udobuy, I really enjoy all their promos and activities. I am always happy to see that the shop has a lot of interactive promotionals for its customers. Just like now, when you have invited 10 friends to shop in Udobuy, you will get a whopping 50% off from your entire purchase! Who wouldn’t want that?
This season, go and have some fun attending Halloween parties with your friends in your stylish and unique outfit. Feel free to share your photos and experience, too!
* You can now place access Udobuy’s website and place your order on its new mobile site at http://m.udobuy.com/
Yesterday, October 10, I was very privileged to receive a VIP pass for this year’s Freeway National Masters Collection Series launch. Held at the Lopez Memorial Museum in Pasig City, the event was teeming with activities in spite of the rain and heavy traffic. Along with fellow fashion bloggers, art enthusiasts, critics, and media, I was awed at how grandiose the celebration of history, art, and fashion was exhibited by a single affair.
Freeway, a Philippine fashion trendsetter, has been showcasing the lives of prominent Filipino national artists for years now. This year, Freeway raised the bar in choosing to celebrate an internationally renowned master whose art pieces transcend time. This man is of course no other than Juan Luna, the Filipino Master for Visual Arts.
Knowing the Master behind Spoliarium: Juan Luna
Popular for his romanticism and realism styles, Luna is considered as one of the greatest artists of the Philippines. Pursuing his passion for the art, he travelled to Europe where he got his first achievement and recognition in his work The Death of Cleopatra, which won a silver medal in the Exposición Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Demonstration of Fine Arts). Later, he kept on impressing both the Europeans and his fellowmen by his outstanding works such as Spoliarium, Battle at Lepanto, El Flautista, Espana y Filipinas, The Happy Beauty and the Blind Slave, Tampuhan, Mestiza Lady at her Dresser and Roman Ladies.
Spoliarium [credits: National Art Gallery]
Espana y Filipinas [credits: Lopez Museum]
The creative minds of Freeway team have ingeniously chosen to immortalize the revered master in its newest historical collection. Fusing art and history with its expertise, Freeway revolutionized the meaning of fashion by creating a sense of pride for Philippine heritage and culture among Filipinos. The 24-piece debut collection Luna series is consist of tops, sleeveless shirts, jumpsuits, and corporate and tailored dresses for ladies, plus some men’s casual tees. In preparation for the coming holiday, the clothing line also offers gift ideas like phone cases, mouse pads, coin trays, necklaces, and canvas bags. All of these clothes and accessories were printed presenting some of Luna’s well-loved pieces such as Espana Y Filipinas, El Flautista, Una Dama Francesca, I am Cold, Fencing Positions, A Roman, and Various Subjects.
Halter Top with Hemband & Una Dama Francesca by Juan Luna
Extended Sleeves Tee with hemband & A Roman by Juan Luna
Mouse Pad with Espana y Filipinas by Juan Luna
iPhone 5 Case with El Flautista by Juan Luna
“The Master is coming,” that was one of the teasers of Freeway’s newest clothing series. The Master indeed came and showered us with his presence in the collection of his most celebrated works. All of us were able to view and admire his masterpieces shown in the Lopez Museum’s ongoing exhibit, Trajectories.
This exhibit features paintings and sketches of 19th century Philippine art masters such as Juan Luna, Felix Hidalgo, Vicente Manansala, Fernando Amorsolo, among others. All these will be available for public viewing until October 31, 2013.
After oohing and aahing at the amazing detailed information and trivia provided by the guided tour, guests were gathered in one room to view Freeway x Juan Luna campaign photos and videos. Soon, our attention was caught by the exclusive fashion show being presented to us. Honestly, it was my first ever live fashion show event and I was overwhelmed to be one of the very few to witness the unveiling of the collection. The models all looked ethereal and the Luna pieces featured in their clothing were perfect to achieve the look that transcends time.
As I admired the models’ effortless walk and projection, I was imagining myself playing model while sporting Luna. Haha! I noted my favorites and grateful that Freeway made the Master’s designs available to everyone by producing casual and semi-formal attire.
After the excusive show, host ANC anchor Lexi Schulze piqued our interests to know more about the celebrated Master and his works. Conducting a very lively, engaging, and witty interview with art historian, Mr. Santiago Pilar, and Lopez Memorial Museum Director, Ms. Mercedes Lopez-Vargas, guests had a glimpse on how Juan Luna lived and his way of making a mark in Philippine and international art scene.
Thoughts of the Blogger
Having my first VIP pass and fashion show, I reached another milestone in my blogging life. I felt important in being one of those selected few to be part of such a special occasion. Even though we forgot to charge and bring our cameras, here are the rest of the humble shots using my 13MP smartphone.
Special thanks to my blogger friend, Dovi of Amour Pour Cadeux,for giving me an extra slot for this event.
Dovi and I ^^
These were handed to us upon confirming our attendance in the registration. Look closely!
My first ever press kit
Giveaway! Thanks to Friends of Freeway for these
From Freeway: Freeway x Juan Luna Horizontal Shoulder Bag with I am Cold by Juan Luna Navy Blue; available in stores nationwide
From VMV Hypoallergenics: Skin a Jiffy Facials gift certificate
From Macadamia Hair: Healing Oil Treatment
Look what I also got here!
Freeway x Juan Luna Colorblock Extended Sleeves Tee with hemband & A Roman by Juan Luna, Red
And of course, Dovi and I took the opportunity to have an OOTD photos. LOL
This was definitely a night to remember. The organizers successfully executed a smooth and flawless event at the same time fed the interests of everyone in revisiting the rich heritage of the Philippines through fashion and art. The Freeway team was very friendly and the photographers were kind enough to take our photos since Dovi and I forgot our cams. History majors, who exclusively guided the two of us were so accommodating to explain and answer tons of questions and clarifications from me. Also, it was good to meet Miss Dulce Festin-Baybay, Public Affairs and Media Relations Head of the Lopez Library, who happily chatted with me for a long while as we expressed our interest in the largest Filipiniana collection the library is housing. To crown it all, the highlight of the event was the creative showcase of Luna’s original masterpieces and their digital translations in the newest Freeway collection series.
Want to know more of the Juan Luna collection? Starting today, October 11, the Master’s collection will be available at Freeway stores nationwide and online shop at http://www.freewayonline.com.ph. You can also visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FreewayOnline, Twitter and Instagram @FreewayOnline for more information.
What are you waiting for? Be proud of our heritage and culture by appreciating the works of our Filipino artists. I can’t wait to save up for this favorite!
**Waiting for the official photos to be released!
P.S. Feel free to enter my international giveaway here!
Do you love shopping? Do you like acquiring clothes in the latest fashion, newest mobile phones, and gadgets? Or do you simply buy your necessities like speakers, mobile cases, docks, and power banks? Which do you prefer, going to a physical shop or browsing to buy online? Whatever your needs and preferences are, I think it is time for me to introduce you to one of the newest stores that I currently like.
Everbuying.com has been leading the international online wholesale/retail scene since 2006. Catering to the needs of more than 200 countries, the company has been engaged in offering high quality yet affordable electronic products and contemporary fashion. By being updated with the latest trends in European and American high street, Everbuying is able to give a wide range of fashionable clothing and accessories to its satisfied customers. With its numerous shipping options and even free worldwide shipping on some items, the company tries to reach and be flexible to everyone.
Look at some of the items I found!
What I like about Everbuying is its wide collection of almost everything that a person may need. There is no need to go to numerous physical or online shops to place orders. Having everything that I need in one site, there is only one shipping fee to be paid. Also, I could easily track all that I have purchased. Sounds so perfect, right?
The Good News
Aside from all the things I like about the shop, it is also very generous. Everybuying.com is very kind to award one of the lucky readers of Impressions of a Princess a free experience to try something from its site! One follower of my blog will be able to choose ANY item that they like in the shop worth $30!
Choose your own prize with FREE international shipping!
Which do you love the most?
The Giveaway Rules
Now folks, you know the drill. Just follow ALL the mandatory rules and your entries will be secured; otherwise your entries will be forfeited. Do other tasks for extra points, too! This is a follower giveaway so I hope everyone will continue following even after the giveaway ends.
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WIN ANY ITEM OF YOUR CHOICE WORTH $30
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This giveaway will end on November 6, 12 MN EST. The winner will be notified through email and will be given 48 hours to respond and receive the prize.
Good luck everyone!
Few weeks ago, I celebrated my 11th year of being twelve. There will only be two years left for me to prepare for the Philippine Foreign Service Officer Exam. Graduated with a degree in International Relations, I dream to be a diplomat in the future. Since I entered the halls of my university to learn about international affairs, I knew that the path I’d like to take would not be easy. In fact, the road to being a diplomat was seldom taken by others due to its nature.
I am not sure with other countries’ FSO exam, but in here the test takes almost a year to finish. For the past years, it was reported to have a 1% passing rate. Just last year, 9 out of 534 passed the five-level, elimination tests. There was even a year that no one passed. Some said it is the most grueling government exam and others even went as far as to say that it is harder than the bar. From blogs and testimonies of those who attempted to be a career diplomat, I assumed that being included in the most elite department in the government will take a lot of guts and effort.
The FSO Exam: An intellectual version of Survivor reality game
I. Qualifying test. According to DFA and from previous examinees, this is like a college entrance test with logic, grammar, and math. The questions are pretty easy, but time-pressured. Others say this is a degree higher than Civil Service Examination. Good thing I passed the professional level of CSE three years ago!
II. Preliminary Interview. This seems like a job interview. Three panelists will be there to question the examinee about his current work, his plans of joining DFA, etc. The main tip is to be honest and clear of your goal. I got an advice to link my answers to the three main pillars of Philippines’ foreign policy and to always cite examples and cases to support my statements.
III. Written Test. Alas. This is the make or break point of the entire exam. 600 examinees can be easily put down to 20 because of this. It is a three-day essay type test. I found sample questions from a blogger and new FSO IV on this level. Please check his examples below:
A Filipino citizen was sentenced to receive the death penalty in China for acting as a drug-mule. As Secretary of Foreign Affairs, propose a plan which outlines the courses of action the President may undertake.
Towards the end of El Filibusterismo, a priest in the novel discussed the idea of freedom. Describe what the priest said and relate it to how Philippine society understands freedom today.
- Philippine Political, Economic, and Cultural Conditions (30%)
Give five examples of the government’s proposed Public-Private Partnership (PPP)projects and give explanation for each.
Explain how the Conditional Cash Transfer program will alleviate poverty.
Name a National Artist and describe the significance of his/her work.
- International Affairs (20%)
What are the benefits of forging an ASEAN Economic Community in 2015?
Compare and contrast the Spanish colonization experience of Latin America and the Philippines
You can choose from Mandarin, Japanese, French, Spanish, and Arabic. The entire test will be in the selected language and questions include basic greetings and expressions as well as grammar.
credits to: Rafael Ignacio, FSOE passer
IV. Psychological Test. One must be proud after passing the third level. However, this test must also not be taken for granted. A series of questions plus an interview with a shrink will assess one’s mental capability of working in the Foreign Service.
V. Oral Test. This level has two sessions. The first day is a 20-minute panel interview consisting of ten people from the academe and DFA. Like the preliminary interview, they might ask anything under the sun. One example of a question I found is: What do you think about the President’s appointment of Domingo Lee as the ambassador to China?
The second day is a debate/group dynamics and formal dinner. In the debate, just freely express your opinion on the subject matter. For the dinner, ensure that you know or have read about proper dining etiquette. Then later, there will be an impromptu speech where examinees will only have a minute to prepare for his/her three-minute speech.
After that last hurdle, there will be few months to kill and when you are lucky, you will be notified as one of the passers of the FSO Exam!
I hope that after a few more years, I will be able to pass those five tests. In the end, I would see myself applying what I’ve learned in my university’s simulation test/diplomatic dinner in my senior year. It was such a good practice to be able to dine and chat with real diplomats. I remember the experience. Fancy location, delectable food, intelligent people, good atmosphere, and gorgeous clothes! Ah, the selection of my formal evening dress! My school was strict on the cuts and colors of the gowns to wear so I had a hard time choosing. In the future, I hope to be prepared and have a ready list of formal dresses to choose from.
What can you say about these lovely gowns I got from PersunMall?
Special note: Stay tuned for Impressions of a Princess special surprise for you!
Last November, I had my first perm done so badly that I steered clear from having my hair touched by other people. I have natural wavy hair, but had been wearing it straight for more than seven years so I decided to flaunt my curls by having a perm. Unfortunately, my hair was murdered in that first experience. To read more, you can find the entire story here.
My hair was growing longer and the curls dried and dull. Wanting a new hairstyle, I googled for some pegs and found myself liking those with bouncy waves achieved by having a digital perm (digiperm). Filled with renewed courage and faith to trust other people’s hands on my crowning glory, I searched for the best hair salon for this service. The hits were mostly Korean hair salons and I shortlisted three candidates: Bangs Tony & Jackey, Aaron Yoo Hair Salon, and Beauty Brick Hair Art Studio.
Choosing for the Best Digiperm Salon
Narrowing my choices to three, I read reviews and asked comments from those women who had their treatments done in the three salons. My criteria were accessibility, quality, result, service, and price. Bangs Tony & Jackey has a lot of branches here in Metro Manila, Aaron Yoo has two and both are in Pasig, while Beauty Brick has one located in Makati. For quality and result, some reviewers say that perms made in Tony & Jackey used chemical treatments that make hair easily dry and weak while Aaron Yoo’s customers commented that their large curls look like small-to-medium sized only. Patrons kept coming back and recommending Beauty Brick for the “perfect”curls they do. As for service and price, Tony & Jackey is known to have expensive services and mostly based on hair length. A friend spent more than Php10,000 to have her hair permed and she didn’t mind it one bit because she was happy with the service and result. Aaron Yoo has average price around Php5000 or less, but they often offer vouchers in MetroDeal, Ensogo, and Groupon which cost Php1000. Beauty Brick has a standard of Php3500 for any hair length.
With all those facts, I chose to go to Beauty Brick. I convinced myself that not all salons are the same to the last I went to and having all those positive comments and reviews, I felt safer with my decision. Late Friday afternoon, I sent a message to book an appointment for Saturday and received an affirmative response in less than ten minutes. My fate was sealed.
It was rainy when I arrived, but the place was cozy enough. I was greeted by all the staff and the receptionist checked my schedule. I was ushered to sit in one of their couches and offered hair magazines while I waited for the availability of a stylist.
Soon, I was called for shampooing and once done, the owner, Mr. Shin, a Korean but Japanese-speaking senior stylist, approached and examined my hair. It was no surprise when he deemed my hair damaged. After all the treatments it had – rebond, color, and perm, my hair was in no way healthy. He reiterated how damaged my hair was a lot of times by speaking in Nihongo to his right-hand, a Filipina also fluent in Japanese. I understood completely what they were talking about though. With my hair condition, Mr. Shin could not predict the result of the treatment nor guarantee that it would bubble up and be curly. The two of them tried persuading me to wait until my hair grows longer so the damaged part could all be removed, but I insisted. Mr. Shin, caring about his salon’s image and satisfaction of his customers, told me that he would try his hardest to give me what I wanted.
My hair was chopped shorter than what I originally wanted and Mr. Shin explained that he needed to remove as much damaged hair as possible. From my butt-length hair, it was reduced up to the bra line. After the haircut, a staff introduced too many products that they would use to my hair. She explained each of their purpose, but I wasn’t able to take photos or know their names and brands. All of them are organic though. Products were applied and washed and I lost track of how many times I changed seats for all those.
The Perm Process
Mr. Shin took his time in checking personally each of the clients’ hair treatments and when I was ready for the curlers, he went to me and did the front sides of my hair. He initially asked how I liked my curls and I answered big for I want those sexy, loose waves. It could be achieved, but the expert offered to have medium curls for me as these would last longer and eventually become loose later. Accepting his advice, I opted for medium-sized barrels, 16 and 18 I think. Starting the task of applying the curlers to my hair, Mr. Shin worked with his light hands while loudly giving instructions to his other staff. Other stylists continued on the rest of my hair and once done, they made me go to the hot perm apparatus which basically defined what a digiperm does compared to cold perm. Sorry, my photos were lost so I couldn’t share, but I managed to borrow from Google.
The digiperm machine
I forgot how long it took, perhaps 20-30 minutes, but I felt my hair getting heated by the octopus-looking device. The heat was tolerable and thankfully, I didn’t smell that my hair was burning! Haha. Next, I had my hair washed again for the last time. Always chatty, I talked around with all the friendly stylists who handled me and the shampoo guy told me that after the washing, I could already see my curls.
Was I scared? Of course. I did not know what the outcome would be like. A pessimist, I was already devising ways how to hide my hair should the treatment got ugly. When Mr. Shin’s assistant approached me with a smile on her face, doubt slowly ebbed away. Of course, my hair was still wet and I didn’t know how she could judge that it was a success, but still. Anyway, together with two more staff, they slowly dried my hair and curls began to appear.
Okay, I told you I have natural wavy hair so curls appearing on top of my head were no surprise. However, when they dried my hair more, I could slowly see the tell-tale signs of new, curlier, hair! They twisted my hair a lot of times while drying, and for few minutes I looked like this.
Don’t worry, I didn’t dream of being Goldilocks. The stylists were so friendly and genuinely concerned that they stopped once in a while to ask whether the heat was okay or the tugs painful. They gave me scalp and back massages, too. Expert advices and do’s and don’ts were also freely given to me while they concentrated on their task. Done, they called Mr. Shin to do the final touch. Like magic, he pulled my hair out of those beautiful locks to have voluminous, bouncy curls. I was stupefied as I stared in the mirror! My thin and always-sticking-to-my head crown was fully transformed.
Accessibility – Appointments can be easily scheduled and confirmed, but I don’t know about walk-ins. Beauty Brick has a lot of customers even in the morning so I think it is better to save a slot by calling them first. The salon could be easily found along Jupiter street, Makati, next to Red Ribbon and a staff could give you directions should you wish to.
Quality and Result– If you have read the paragraph before this section, you could easily assume that I am one happy customer. I am very satisfied with the result of the treatment as it gave me more than what I wanted and expected. The curls stayed soft and smooth and even smelled wonderful. I was told that with proper care, my curls could last a year and still look beautiful!
Service and Price – All the staff were very friendly and accommodating. They asked me a lot of things to see to my comfort and satisfaction. Product used were organic and I did feel that they used generous amounts on me based on my hair condition. An exception to my salon experiences, none of them tried to sell me with their products. Mr. Shin is a very gifted and talented man for his craft. We both knew that it was a risk I took to have my hair treated, but he succeeded to give me his best and expertise. For only Php3500, the experience and treatment were worth it. When I go back again to avail their services, a 10% discount will also be given.
Overall, my digital perm was something I could not forget. It gave me a very satisfying service which raised the bar of my criteria and expectations to other salons. For women out there who wish to have gorgeous waves, head to Beauty Brick Hair Art Studio now and experience being treated as a princess.
Beauty Brick Hair Art Studio
Address: Unit 103 Dona Consolacion Bldg. 122 Jupiter St. Bel-air Makati City
Phone Numbers: 408-3398/473-5108; 0917-520-0044
*Impressions of a Princess is in no way affiliated to the salons mentioned in this review.
As my love for skincare and some basic cosmetic products grow, the search for an excellent source of items continues. I have been to a lot of sites and forums and a few caught my attention. One of them is WishTrend.
WishTrend is an online cosmetic shop featuring high-quality Korean skincare and beauty essentials. Having tried several brands from Korea, I can attest that most, if not all, of them are really good for my sensitive skin. With a lot of research made to produce organic products, I feel safe in using them.
When I first viewed Wishtrend, I was overwhelmed with a lot of items they sell. Now, I was surprised and happy to see that they had totally revamped their site for the better.
With their site renewal, the homepage itself looks sophisticated and inviting. It also becomes more user-friendly as it is now easier to navigate with additional tabs like New Arrivals and Best Sellers. I feel more comfortable browsing which added points to their customer comfort and convenience.
I am planning to try some of their products soon and hopefully like their site, I will also not be disappointed. Stay tuned for that!
Shop | http://www.wishtrend.com
Dear fellow bloggers,
Aside from your blog, where else can I see you and your lovely thoughts online?
Reading other people’s blogs makes me feel happy and inspired to read and write more. It also gives me glimpses of the writers’ personalities and ways of thinking. Most of the time it makes me curious to know more about the blogger behind the interesting thoughts and words. Aside from comment exchange, I want to keep in touch with special and kind people I am meeting in this blogosphere in other media as well. Does it sound insane and stalker-ish?
More than a year ago, I was not active in any SNS (social networking sites) that were sprouting like mushrooms over the Internet. Later, I realized its worth and I am getting back from being dormant to trying-to-be-visible level. There are still some things which I hate to see and read over the sites, but I do mute and ignore them as much as I can because I want to read those snippets of the lives of my fellow bloggers. It is fun when a simple feeling shared about Half-blood Prince could turn out into a long and enjoyable conversation among magic, education, professors, and life philosophies.
Facebook: Empress Monica
Social Messaging Apps
Everyday, a lot of smart phones are being sold worldwide so it also follows that many can install applications which allow free messaging and voice calls anywhere in the globe. I personally like Kakao Talk and Line, but I also use Viber. These three have free texts and calls so we bloggers can chat as much as we want about our interests and hobbies.
Kakao Talk ID: monicagongju
Line ID: gongjumonica
Viber: private message me
Other Blog Sites/Apps
We have various interests and it is understandable for us to have other sites to write and promote. My favorite hobby is reading so I do have a Goodreads account which enable me to track my reading habits and see novels I have read, currently reading, and will read. Also, I do have the required LinkedIn and newly created Facebook page. I do need more friends/fans in my blog’s FB page so I highly invite you guys to like and join!
See me here!
Facebook fan page: Impressions of a Princess
When I look back, socializing has taken a huge leap from what it was hundred years ago. True, globalization is an influencing factor in it and I am in no way opposing the gift that we currently have. We may be ocean and miles away from each other, but technology has made it easier to communicate through SNS and messaging apps. By staying active, we can stay in touch with important and interesting people we meet both in real and virtual world.
Don’t forget to check and follow me on my social networking sites. Feel free to message me, too! I will sure respond
P.S. Just please introduce yourself properly when you contact me though.