15 September 2014

Purple with a chance of blue c/o JuRo Salon Exclusif

When your boss tells you that you'll get your hair cut and colored by the top hairstylists in the country, do you clap your hands and blabber excitedly about what hairstyle you're going to get? Because that's what I did.

Last Thursday, I went to JuRo Salon Exclusif in Fort Bonifacio for another session with Sir Jude and Miss Rose. Old readers of this blog will remember that I first had my hair treated by them back in 2012, and at the time it was the best haircut I ever had. Now I have a new favorite cut and color, and it's awesome that they're also the ones who beat their own "record". Not surprising, as they are indeed the country's top team when it comes to precision cut, color, and style, as recognized by numerous publications and their discerning clients from here and abroad. They are so passionate about hair that they even travel out of the country at least once a year to learn the newest hair trends and techniques that they can then tailor-made to their clients' needs and specifications.

I didn't have a decent BEFORE photo from the day so here's a photo taken a day before my JuRo appointment instead.
I love Sir Jude and Miss Rose not only because of their expertise, but also because they are two of the nicest and most genuine people I have ever met. When they ask you questions, you know they are not just trying to make small talk because you're their client; they are really interested in you.

Sir Jude is a graduate of Vidal Sassoon and is a certified, licensed cosmetologist in California. He employs a technique called the precision cutting.
The precision haircut was based on the theory that, with proper design and attention to detail, any texture of hair, even the most unruly, could be tamed and easily styled. This was accomplished by the scientific and artful hair stylist by means of engineering the haircut, taking into consideration wave patterns, or lack thereof, the creation of design lines, weight-lines, guidelines, and pivot points that allowed the freshly cut head of hair to fall naturally and flow into the predetermined desired style. (source)
Their philosophy is that each person's unique hair texture, face shape, skin complexion, and lifestyle all play a role in what hairstyle suits them best. When you have your hair cut and colored at JuRo Salon Exclusif, you get a style custom-made for you and you alone. 

After catching up over cakes and coffee (Sir Jude is a huge coffee connoisseur), we went to work. And by that I meant I sat back and took photos while the power duo (and their two assistants) worked their magic on me.

Prepping my hair for my haircut
In no time at all, I went from this:

to this:

I LOVE MY HAIR! I have convinced myself to grow my hair longer again after I got tired of my pixie cut, but Sir Jude told me I shouldn't let it grow past my shoulders, because then my head will be weighed down by too much hair, heh. I hate that it's too thick but I guess I'd rather have this than thinning hair.

After Sir Jude cut my hair, I was prepped for color. A day before my session, I actually told Miss Rose that I'd like to try having purple hair as it is a color I've always been intrigued by but never got the gall to try. I mean, really, how bad could it be? I've tried red before and it turned out alright. I guess it's because purple is such a tricky color. I don't want to risk looking like Barney, Grimace, Tinky-Winky, or Katy Perry! But with the able hands of Miss Rose, I know I am safe.

Subtly striking. Yes, that's what I was going for.

After prepping my hair for color, the next step was to bleach some of my hair because Miss Rose wanted to give me dark purple verging on blue to give it dimension.

Feast your eyes, as this is the only time you'll see me with blond hair!

For those who are curious, Miss Rose used Majirel, L’Oreal’s top salon hair color brand, on my hair. It has two treatment innovations infused in its formula (Ionene-G and Incell) that makes hair stronger and healthier with every change of color. Props to both its formula and Miss Rose's expertise as I didn't feel any discomfort at all while having my hair colored, as opposed to feeling like twenty pairs of hands were pulling my hair to different directions the last time I had my color professionally done!

What do you think?

I hope I've always come across as honest and genuine in my reviews. Everything I've raved about are worth raving about, and things I wasn't really satisfied with I just didn't bother writing about. In that note, I'd like to say that Sir Jude and Miss Rose are really the BEST in their field. Even my friends told me this is the best haircut they've seen me have, and you know I've experimented with a lot.

I'm not going to sugarcoat it: JuRo Salon Exclusif charges a premium fee for cut and color, but you are assured that you are paying for high level of expertise, quality, precision, and years of experience. I love them and the wonders they've done to my hair and my self-esteem that I am very much willing to save up for my next cut and color. If you know me personally, you know how hard it is for me to save up, heh. Seriously, call them at (02)8225673 to book a hair consultation, and if you are are convinced and (this is very important) you have the means and capacity to do so, then schedule your hair couture appointment as soon as possible. You may also visit their website and follow them on Instagram for more testimonials.

I had my hair cut and colored last Thursday. Here are some photos I took the Sunday after:

I love how the color seems to cascade in purple waves then ends with dark purple streaks with a tinge of blue, and I love that it doesn't show as bright under fluorescent lighting or when it's dark. Purple hair requires a certain level of chutzpah and I hope I was able to pull it off. Do you think I achieved my goal of having subtly striking hair?

For my home hair-care/ maintenance, I use the Super Smooth line from Pureology, which is 100% vegan, has zero sulfates, and made with organic botanicals. You can use other sulfate-free products for your hair of course, but what's good about this brand is that with every purchase of any Pureology product, a percentage of sales will go to ICanServe Foundation to help fund their support programs for breast cancer patients. These are available at leading image salons nationwide, like JuRo Salon Exclusif. For more information, you may visit L'Oreal Professionnel's Facebook page.

I'm grateful that my job lets me meet really amazing, inspiring, and passionate people, and the JuRo duo is just one of them. Thanks again for giving new life to my hair, Sir Jude and Miss Rose!

Disclosure: I was given a free Hair Couture treatment but I was not compensated nor required to write this post. All opinions are my own.

13 September 2014

Expanding in Good Times & Great Memories: Shakey’s Newest Branches

Julia Child said, "People who love to eat are always the best people." I guess it's true, as one of my favorite activities when I'm out with friends is eating out!

One of our favorite restaurants to go to is Shakey's. There is one branch near our office and sometimes we eat dinner there while passing time after work instead of getting stuck in traffic with our stomachs grumbling for food.

Me with Ralph and Mike
It's Ralph's birthday tomorrow! Happy birthday, Ralph!
It's good to know that with more stores opening across the country to bring Good Times and Great Memories to more people. Seven new branches in Luzon have started operating, so in case we find ourselves in Evia, Buting, Kawit, Kisad, Hemady, Aseana, or Taytay, there'll be a Shakey’s Pizza Restaurant waiting for us.

Ain't that a welcoming sight?
12 more stores will open before the year ends. How exciting!

When in Shakey's you should also try the new Shrimp Chorizo Pasta.

It contains imported Spanish Chorizo and succulent tail-on shrimp, sautéed in olive oil and garlic with a dash of pepper flakes for a spicy kick, and is served with garlic bread. Delicioso! Visit Shakey's and try it soon as it's available for a limited time only.

Do you love Shakey's too? What are your favorite food items from their menu?

12 September 2014

Review: The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream

I am aware of how The Body Shop's Tea Tree line has a cult following already because of its skin-clearing properties. I myself can attest to how effective it is as I LOVE using my The Body Shop Tea Tree Squeaky-Clean Scrub, but now I have a new favorite from this range: The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream!

From The Body Shop's website:
Prone to blemishes, blackheads, and oily skin? Tea tree is nature's alternative to harsh ingredients, with community fair trade organic tea tree oil, clinically proven to give clearer skin from week one. The range also uses tamanu oil extract which is reputed to help generate new tissue and improve the healing process for skin. Say goodbye to shine and hello to clear skin!
The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream aims to perfect your complexion and fight the look of blemishes. Blemishes and imperfections are instantly covered and the lightweight formula gives shine-free complexion.

You can really say that it's makeup and skincare in one as it not only conceals, it also heals.

Except for when I have to go to events, I skip on the full makeup look (primer + foundation + setting powder) and just use this instead. I have used solely this together with the Burt's Bees Daisy White line and sunscreen for the past month and I swear my skin has never looked better!

Well, aside from my monthly zit-visitor of course, who appears at least a week before Aunt Flo comes. I also love the smell! It's therapeutic for me and reminds me of spas, in a good way.

It's very easy to use, too! After I put my Burt's Bees Daisy White Serum and sunscreen on my face, I just put a little of this BB Cream on my ring finger and spread it evenly. Voila, instant freshness that lasts the whole day!

Two Saturdays ago, this was my "no makeup but BB Creamed-face" before I went to my orthodontist to have a prodigal bracket glued on again:

Around five hours later on an especially hot and humid day, here is what I looked like:

Look Ma, my hair has gone from wet and manageable to big and poufy, but my face remained fresh-looking and shine-free!

Each 40mL tube costs P795 at The Body Shop branches nationwide. I will gladly repurchase when mine runs out! I suggest that you do, too. There are three shades available (mine is 02 - Medium) so just make sure to choose what's right for your skintone.

Have you tried using anything from The Body Shop Tea Tree range? What is your favorite?

Disclosure: This product was sent to me as a gift by The Body Shop team but I was not required nor compensated for this post. All opinions and photos (except for the promotional poster for the BB Cream) are my own. Please see my blog's full Disclosure Policy here).

08 September 2014

Glamourbox September 2014: Flawless Beauty

Every month Glamourbox releases a new box is a fun guessing game for subscribers. They tease us with the box's theme at least two weeks early and then we figure out if we will buy before its release or not. Those of us who have above average EQ wait until the boxes are sent out and the contents revealed before deciding whether to get one.

For this month, the theme is Flawless Beauty. I guessed it will probably come with skincare items and foundation or concealers, and it turns out I was only partially right.

... because it also contained cosmetics and hair care products! As you can see, it's a balanced mix. Here's a more detailed look on the products inside. 

Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Laguna Beach
Creamy and soft in texture, this liquid lipstick moisturizes the lips with antioxidants and Vitamin E. With five hours of staying power, it gives a matte finish that does not feather!
Full size 8g/ P950

I have three OFRA lipsticks in my stash (see reviews of #205 and Fuchsia) and I love using them, but it's my first time to try the Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick. I am not a fan of liquid formulations when it comes to lipsticks but Laguna Beach is such a pretty nude pink that I don't mind using it as an everyday lip-color. I'm not really sure about its claim to be long lasting as the color faded after more than two hours, or maybe it's just me because I'm always eating. I wish it came in a better and classier-looking packaging to match its price tag, though.


You guys know how big a fan of Ellana Minerals I already am. A quick search of this blog will reveal many things I have written about them over the years, and I am even an affiliate blogger! Meaning, if you purchase from Ellana Minerals using the banners I put on this blog, I earn a minimal amount. I even joined a campaign of theirs a couple of months ago. Having said that, I wish Glamourbox included a less known brand in the box. Perhaps something I haven't tried yet? But that's just me. If it's your first time to try Ellana Minerals and you got this box, then great! You'll get a wonderful intro to one of my favorite local brands. (ღ˘⌣˘ღ) 

Multi-purpose Mineral Powder in Halo
Enhance your look with this high intensity mineral pigment. Use it as an eyeshadow, eyeliner, blush, lip color, bronzer, and body shimmer... your pick!
Full size 1g/ P160

Too bad my camera wasn't able to capture Halo in all its iridescent glory as it's very pretty in person. I'm glad I didn't get Brilliance in my box as I already have that shade! I'm sure I am going to get lots of use out of this.

Lip Scrub in Strawberry Vanilla
A perfectly polished pout is a must for a flawless face. Slough off dry and flaking lips with this fruity and delectable lip scub!
Full size 10g/ P165

I already have this and I love using it whenever my lips get extra dry, usually after a swimming trip. It is extremely helpful for dry lips. I love its scent, too, as it smells almost good enough to eat! Always good to have in my stash.

AcnePro Pimple-Fighting Gel Face Wash
With purified bee venom as its main ingredient, this cleanser thoroughly washes away acne-causing bacteria and excess oil to prevent future breakouts.
Full size 50mL/ P99.75

AcnePro Pimple-Fighting Treatment Toner
Oil-free and hypoallergenic, this toner unclogs congested pores and dries up and reduces reddening from unwanted pimples.
Full size 60mL/ P79.75

AcnePro Pimple-Fighting Pimple Gel
Zap away zits for a flawless face with this healing pimple gel. With purified bee venom, it clears out and lightens dark spots that it leaves behind.
Full size 10g/ P149.75

I've been hearing a lot of good things about this line so even though I don't exactly have problem skin, I appreciated having this set (of full-sized products!) in the box. I will give the facial wash and toner to my sister while I will keep the Pimple-Fighting Pimple Gel for when I get my monthly zit, heh.


Smooth and Shine Shampoo
Soft, smooth, and shiny hair is now at hand with this shampoo that calms frizz and tames flyaways. Infused with vitamin H and silk proteins, it quenches hair's thirst - the keep for keeping hair frizz-free.
Full size 440mL/ P275

Smooth and Shine Conditioner
Tame your mane with this conditioner that boosts hair with intense moisture. Vitamin H and silk proteins leave it smooth and silky, like you just stepped out of a salon.
Full size 440mL/ P275

I've already tried this line before and although it did not wow me as much as the Vidal Sassoon Color Care line did, it still did its job of cleaning and conditioning my hair. I am the worst in packing before a trip so this shampoo and conditioner set should come in handy.

Original Dramatic BB Tinted Cream
Skincare and makeup, together at last. Even out skin tone with the special color micro-capsules of this BB Cream. It blends well with individual skin tones, perfect for those with acidic skin!
Full size 30mL/ P695

Dramatic Green Touch BB Tinted Cream
Got skin redness all over? Balance and neutralize oily, blemish-prone skin with this neutralizing BB Cream with green tea base. Infused with antioxidants, it protects skin from premature aging.
Full size 30mL/ P695

I already have a BB Cream I rely on every day (review coming soon!) but these BB Cream blister packs are just too cute! I also read a lot of good things about this so I'm looking forward to trying it. I just wish they included at least three packs per box as I don't think you can form a solid opinion about a product if you'll use it only once.

Did you like this box? If you want one, I suggest going to Glamourbox's website and subscribing right away as boxes are limited. If you want to try the OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick badly, then I suggest you get this box as you only have to pay P595 for a product originally priced at P950, among other things! A lot of products are also on sale so go on, check this link to see the amazing discounts you can get! Enjoy shopping!

Disclosure: This month's box was given to me as a gift. Thanks again, Glamourbox team! All opinions are my own. Click here to read this blog's disclosure policy.

07 September 2014

The road to nostalgia is dotted with songs by the Eraserheads.

When I first got wind of news that the September issue of Esquire Philippines will feature the greatest band in the history of OPM on the cover and will include two new tracks especially commissioned for the 'zine, only one thought registered clearly and loudly in my mind: I MUST HAVE A COPY.

Esquire's Facebook page said the issue won't be out in newsstands and bookstores until September 4, but I still wanted to take my chances. Good thing I am lazy believe in the power of asking, as I called bookstores in Makati first to ask if they already have copies and promptly found out they don't have them yet. The nice saleslady in National Bookstore - Greenbelt 1 asked if I would like to have a copy reserved, and of course I said yes.

On Friday, September 5, as my officemates and I were in the van on our way back to the office after a client meeting, I received a text message from the nice saleslady saying my copy is ready for pickup and if I can please get it the same day as copies are limited and a lot of people have been asking for it. I wanted to fly to Greenbelt 1! When I got there, there was a long line in the Customer Service counter with people either asking for their reserved copies or asking to be put on the reservations list. My heart swelled and sang and I felt a different kind of kinship with these strangers. ˳/(˘ε ˘)♬♪♫

I could swear my fingers tingled and my heart skipped a beat when I touched my copy for the first time.

I just love the smell of new magazines. It's something I have forgotten as I stopped buying Candy and Cosmopolitan over the years, but I was reminded when I unsealed my new Esquire from its plastic packaging.

I wasn't able to leaf through its pages as I was busy the whole day  and I wanted to prolong the thrill and excitement for a little bit longer so I delayed reading the magazine until today.

It's easy to get lost in nostalgia and just lap up anything about the Eraserheads because why the hell not? They're the Eraserheads, dammit! but Esquire's EIC Erwin Romulo's companion piece together with Jake Verzosa's photos from the Eheads' London tour was a great read. It chronicled the band's growth and how they have matured through the years not only in their music but also in their roles as doting fathers to their kids. I know a bit about the UK having worked for British customers for more than five years and being inherently interested about the British culture, but Romulo's article made me feel like I was also there, touring with the band and walking the streets of London with them.

The Eraserheads, standing there like they don't even realize their impact on our lives.
It was also not all about the band. Romulo's article also talked about his friends, his failed marriage, and his own memories of London, both happy and heartbreaking. It's a very personal take on something as big as the four members of the Eraserheads coming together for a tour, which I appreciated.

And while we're at it, Sabado, 1995 which is a short story by Luis Katigbak is also worth a mention. Beautiful, poignant, and eloquent, it accurately describes what every Eraserheads fan who grew up with their music can relate to.

Music is so powerful in that it has the power to transport us through time. I've been listening to Sabado and 1995 all weekend and it feels like the '90s came and claimed me back.

Oh how I loved those years. I mean, I wish I knew how to groom my brows, I wish I chose better frames for my glasses, and I wish I knew better than to like this guy in high school BUT MAN DID I LOVE THOSE YEARS.

I was in Grade 1 when the Eraserheads released Ultraelectromagneticpop! I grew up with their music and their songs easily comprised the perfect soundtrack to whatever phase I was going through. At that time, for me at least, a mixtape is not complete unless there's at least one Eheads song in it. Even now, roadtrips aren't complete without Pare Ko, Toyang, Ligaya, Alapaap, Spoliarium, With a Smile, Ang Huling El Bimbo, TorpedoOverdrive, Huwag Mo Nang Itanong, and Para sa Masa. Meanwhile, my favorite Eheads song remain to be Kailan. I am not a masochist, but there's just something about that song that breaks my heart a little bit every time I hear it.

Marcus, Buddy, Raimund, and Ely may not be best friends with one another, but they do make magic together. I mean, I love Parokya ni Edgar and I know there's no need to compare, but I can't deny that the Eraserheads could very well be the best OPM band of all time. I still remember The Eraserheads Live! The Final Set like it happened yesterday; I've been to a lot of concerts, but hearing them play live is one of the most unforgettable moments of my life.

Thank you for being a part of my personal history, Eraserheads.

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