Affordable Waxing in Cebu- No Strips Waxing Salon (Branches, Prices & Services)

I grew up thinking that waxing and getting yourself pampered was more of a luxury than it was a privilege. Spa dates, whole days spent inside salons were not something common in our family and unwanted hair was dealt with by razor and blood. (leave an amen if you’ve ever shaved your skin to the bone!)

Now that I’m a little bit older, services like waxing and threading are a lot more convenient and affordable especially at places like No Strips Waxing Salon. At P100.00, you can already get your eyebrows threaded which means, I no longer have to deal with untamed brows and mean comments like this:

Hilas kay’s ate but in all honestly, she’s not wrong! LOL

By invite, I took a quick trip over to Robinson’s Cybergate, which is 1 out of the 3 branches they currently have open.

I was pleasantly greeted by shades of ruby reds, midnight blues and whites accompanied by British accents which is the interior theme for this branch. During one of the many conversations I had with the owner, Ms. Farrah, she shared that London is the 2nd  place in the world where hair waxing is most common, hence, the theme. The first being New York, which is where their 3rd and newest branch is located.

It was a nice cozy theme which was an interesting alternative from the standard white walls with pastel accents that most salons are accustomed to. It made me feel more laid back and less clinc-y which, I would say, was a nice breath of fresh air.

 

I was then greeted by their staff, who were one of the most accommodating and entertaining bunch of women I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. My session felt like a breeze because we were so immersed in our conversations which was a great pick me up on my part as I really do not enjoy lying down to get work done. I’m so used to doing stuff and lying down makes me anxious but this time around, I barely noticed the time go by.

I was scheduled for lower leg waxing, underarm waxing and eyebrow threading. On my socials, women and men were blasting my inbox asking how my session went and if I was willing to guinea pig myself to their Brazilian waxing service and report back to them with answers. Yes, I will be back and yes, I will tell you about it so make sure to subscribe to my social media account for updates on this.

But in the meantime, here are some things that you should know about the services I got:

1. No Strips Waxing salon uses cold wax that is similar to putty, but is sticky.

2. Each waxing session is followed by a threading session to remove any stray hairs which were not removed by the wax.

3. Even if there isn’t a lot of hair, waxing is still a great way to exfoliate your skin of any dead skin which may cause irritation.

4. Aftercare instructions are given to ensure the best condition of your skin post wax session.

No Strips salon is currently located at Raintree Mall, 2nd floor of Robinson’s Cybergate & Basement 2 of Robinsons’ Galleria.

Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for more updates.

For inquiries, email them at: nostripswaxing@gmail.com

See you next month,

Issa P.

Midnasty in Cebu at League Sports Bar

In celebration of their 1st year anniversary, League Sports Bar sent over the famous Dumaguete based singers- slash- rappers, Midnasty, who popularized the song Lame to party with them. Being a huge fan of them myself, I couldn’t pass off the opportunity to rock out with them during this event.

I know this is only a short vlog but you honestly had to be there to feel the music, the passion and the love during this night. If you’ve never heard their music before, make sure to check them out because their art is dope.

Also, I had my photo taken with Nik Kho and he is a cutie!

FACT: I can rap most of their songs.

xx,
Issa P.

Tech Review (Blog & Vlog): P9,990.00 Oppo A83 Smart Selfie First Impressions

Oppo’s first release for the year 2018 is finally out and not just with a sizzle but with a big, bad bang!

Retailing at only P9,990.00, the Oppo A83 Smart Selfie is an affordable mobile phone that offers all the features of any high end phone for a quarter of the price.

Check out its key specs:

With features like AI Beauty Technology, a 5.7″ full HD screen, 3 GB RAM + octa- core CPU, 3180 mAh battery life, dual sim and expandable memory options it makes you wonder, what else is this phone capable of doing?

Box contents: Silicone case, headphones, micro USB 2.0 charger, adaptor, cellphone unit with tampered glass already attached & manuals (not in photo)

FIRST IMPRESSION:

SIZE. Being a fan of large screens, I was initially impressed by the screen size, slimness and how the unit fit snugly in the palm of my hand. It’s also a very slim phone so handling it is really no problem at all.

LOOK. As seen in the contents of the box, the unit already comes with an attached tampered glass and a silicone case which I think was a very thoughtful gesture.

In terms of color, the Oppo A83 only comes in either champagne or black which made me yearn for a little more options but nevertheless, these two choices are still pretty good options.

BUTTONS & JACKS. There are no buttons in the front of the unit while there are 3 buttons located at the sides of the unit (lock & volume buttons) which honestly feel a little bit flimsy and there is also slot for your micro SD card and 2 sim cards. At the bottom of the phone are the speakers, a micro USB 2.0 port and a standard audio jack. (YEY for standard jacks!)

OVERALL. In terms of the look and the feel of the unit, there’s really not much to complain about and if you’re looking for a sleek mobile phone, this is as good as it gets!

TURNING ON THE UNIT.

Again, the unit has a 720×1440 pixel display and a 5.7″ screen which is pretty clear. Based on my initial use of the unit, I noticed that the colors where vivid, allowing me to distinguish smaller details and gradient designs.

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CAMERA

Since this is called the “Smart Selfie” phone, I couldn’t let my initial review pass without testing out the selfie camera itself. Now, I forgot to mention above that the phone does come with two cameras in the front which should indicate better selfies but aside from the impressive hardware, it also comes with  A.I. Beauty Technology which based on the video below, is a feature important in capturing the best version of yourself.

Here are a few of the selfies that I took using the selfie camera. Please note that this was done in the evening under florescent lights.

raw selfie
selfie using level 6 of beauty camera option

FACIAL RECOGNITION

What got me the most excited about this phone is it’s Facial Recognition feature which was a breeze to set up and even use. As you can see in the video, I had no problems at all setting it up and there were no issues during actual application of this feature.

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Over the week that I had the unit with me, I was able to really test it out; figure out what I liked and what I didn’t like about it and try out every feature of the phone which I will be sharing on my user review within the week so if there’s anything you’d like to ask me about the phone, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

Already convinced? Here’s where you can buy yourself an Oppo unit in Cebu!

 

Check out my friend, The Utterly Random Techie’s review!

xx,

Issa P.

KLOOK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yy6Cn4po-l4

Klook, Asia’s largest online and mobile in-destination services booking platform, kicked off Sinulog 2018 with its first ever sunset yacht party along the Mactan Channel last January 19 with prominent influencers and invited media partners.

After its successful #GetKlookd launch last year, Klook has been exploring ways to expand in the Philippine market and Cebu City is a key city the brand wants to tap due to its population and potential growth. And with the city’s much awaited Sinulog festival, the travel app sees this as an opportunity to officially introduce the travel app to the Queen City of the South.

Various influencers from both Manila and Cebu gathered to celebrate the start of Sinulog weekend with Klook. The yacht was dressed to fit the weekend festivities and to make each corner of the boat Instagram-worthy. Guests enjoyed good food and drinks while partying until sunset with live music provided by DJ Manolo Aballe. Everyone was highly encouraged to share their experience on social media with the hashtag #KlookItSinulog.

To cap off the night, Klook launched an epic sale to kickoff the year with KLOOK-IT 2018. Enjoy an extra 8% off ANY Klook activity when first-time app users use the promo code <KLOOKIT2018> upon checkout. This promotion is valid until February 28, 2018. For more details, please visit https://goo.gl/h1cHah.

A regular Klook user already? No worries as you can avail of this special treat too! Just answer this poll https://www.tripzilla.ph/tripzilla-philippines- klook-survey/4993 and get an extra 8% off ANY Klook activity.

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Don’t forget to like, subscribe and follow me on my socials, as well! <3

xx,
Issa P.

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Free Rides with Grab this Sinulog!

Exciting events and offers are abound during the Sinulog festival as it rewards existing Grab users.

Cebuanos can use SINULOG, a special promo code that entitles users to an unlimited P50.00 off their Grab rides from January 16- 21 to and from following festival destinations: Fuente Osmeña, Basilica del Santo Niño, Plaza Independencia and Cebu City Sports Complex in Abellana.

Festival essentials such as caps, shirts, water bottles and more are up for grabs at the special GrabRewards redemption booth situated at Plaza La Independencia. Using their available Grab Rewards points, user are a few clicks away from claiming these offers.

Grab has also partnered up with select establishments that are nearby, accessible and preffered such as House of Lechon- a well- loved signature Cebuano restaurant that serves some of the best roasted pig in town. Grab users can enjoy P100.00 off their orders when they dine at House of Lechon. Just check the GrabRewards catalogue, look for House of Lechon offer and redeem.

Catch my little adventure from yesterday with Grab. I sound hellah bossy, which I am, but I had so much fun!!

xx,
Issa P.

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Cut & Style Your Way Into Sinulog 2018 with Islands

Sinulog is right around the corner and you know what that means my fashion inclined friends- Cut & Style shirts!

I remember growing up and my Sinulog outfit was a pivotal part of my festivities and I would spends hours rummaging through my closet for the perfect street  outfit. Over the past years, Island Sounvenirs has taken the load off my clothes (which I know I will never get to wear again after the festivities) and has not only provided me, but party goers and spectators alike, with colorful and festive garments that allow us to show off our cultures pride with their very own spin!

And of course, their back at it again this year with another round of their famous Cut & Style series for everyone to enjoy! Here’s how you to spruce up your very own Sinulog gear:

There’s no shortage of pieces to choose from at the Islands kiosks as they’re flowing to the brim with different styles and designs for you to choose from. Shirts range from P199.00 and up and once you’re done picking out the design of your choice, you can then pick out your embellishments or proceed to the check out counter if you’re more of a minimalist than avant garde.

 

Whether you’re a fan of feathers and embellishments or not (I heavily contest them on a spiritual level), you’ve got to admit… there’s something whimsical and fun about them especially with the spirit of Sinulog in the air.

At the 4th and final step of your Cut & Style adventure, you now have the option to have someone design your article of choice for you or you can skidaddle home and design it on your own! I opted to have Paolo & Eduardo cut up and style my own shirt for me because as much as I hate embellishments, I also loathe DIY-ing clothes but it seemed like a fun idea for the boys to do and I was surprisingly impressed. Catch the episode here.

Make sure to follow me on Instagram (@issaplease) to catch the final output!

Want to catch your favorite local celebrities walk the runway? Make sure to check out the annual Cut & Style runway fashion show on January 19, 2018 at the SM City Cebu Northwing Atrium at 6:00 pm.

See you there!
Issa P.

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The Yearly Round Up, Owning 2018 & The 12 Year Long Survey

I remember starting this tradition in the year of 06- 07, a year after I had started blogging, being under the stairs where my first ever desktop sat peacefully. I was 16 back then and dial up internet was free from 2:00- 7:00 am and I never wanted to miss the first day of the year so I decided back then, to try to stay up for as long as I could every 1st of the year that came. In an attempt to keep myself busy, I eagerly searched the interwebs for a new year survey because 1. I was obsessed with surveys (as I still am) and 2. it was relevant. 11 years later, I no longer run to my laptop to entertain myself from trying to stay awake on the most festive of eves instead, I come home because this is where I feel safe, this is where I pour out my dreams; aspirations; accomplishments & failures and most of all because writing to you has become such a huge part of me.

If you are reading this, thank you for experiencing this with me. Here are the links to my previous yearly posts which you may laugh, cry, cringe and feel indifferent about- don’t worry, that’s ok, we share the same emotions. It’s interesting to see how different my answers change from year to year and I am happy to share these parts of me with all of you. Here they are:

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And so it begins!

1. Will you be looking for a new job?

Last year I entered 2017 with very little expectations. I had no plans, no dreams- just the hope that something interesting would happen. I took 2017 as my year of figuring out what I really wanted to do because I never want to look back at a missed opportunity knowing that I never tried. Growing up I always said I wanted to be an actress so in 2017, I tried it out and was able to get a non speaking role for Adober’s original series, Unspoken Rules which has gathered over 3 million views on Facebook. I also auditioned for an indie movie, worked in a commercial (which I mistakenly thought was my first but was actually not)- I’ve explored the world and industry of film and acting and am confident to say that if the opportunity comes in 2018, I would willfully take it head on. I dream of writing something beautiful one day and working in production and what not- we’ll see.

I took on more blogging and vlogging projects last year, which I realized is my true passion. I have been lucky in this industry to have been given the opportunity to take on great projects and although I often deal with your everyday entitled, stuck up millennial, I have also been blessed with the abilities to choose the right people and detach myself from the asses so despite all the drama the world of “influencers” and their constant fight for popularity, I have remained sane and immune.

In all these endevours, plus working online, I was able to balance and have time to do more. I was still bored, I was craving for more creative outlets and this is how my podcast, IssaTalks started. It was a running idea which I jumped into head on and just a few months in, I was able to represent the Philippines’ (for the first time) during International Podcast day and it’s just been an awesome time since then.

But it still wasn’t enough. I still craved for more and this is how H&S Clothing came into play. H&S Clothing is not anything amazing, it’s simply me taking over our family business, the business that was able to put me and 2 other siblings through college while providing us with a good life and in 2018, I’m going to work extra hard to provide for my 1st family and eventually for my own.

2. Will you be looking for a new relationship?

No, because we’re ENGAGED!

3. New house?

Looking and hoping while having severe separation anxiety from the thought of leaving our little haven. I love it here.

4. What will you do different in 18?

Definitely a huge change in lifestyle choices. It’s not just about me at this point, as weird as it is to say, it’s about our future children and trying to live as long as possible to see them grow up while living a full life with our future family.

omg. am I seriously saying these things??

5. New Years’ resolutions?

To stop smoking, to save money and to lose weight.

6. What will you not be doing in 2018?

Hopefully bankrupt.

7. Any trips planned?

Manila, anywhere we can CAMP/ GLAMP, hoping for Hong Kong/ Japan. Dreaming of going back to the motherland.

8. Wedding plans?

This is so weird but yes. A big fat YES!

9. Major thing on your calendar?

Wedding planning, living situation planning, baby planning, businesses and the one million things I intend to do with my life.

10. What can’t you wait for?

Honestly, I don’t know. As much as I enjoy the thought of being married to Paolo, it’s not necessarily something I absolutely cannot wait for simply because I want to enjoy being engaged, planning the wedding and the last few moments we have before trying to start our own family. But I am definitely excited to have human babies and fur babies and scaley babies.

11. What would you like to see happen differently?

2017 was the best because I came into it with very little expectations which I think was the best thing I ever did so I’d like to keep doing this, as much as possible from now on.

12. What about you will you be changing?

Can I please be skinny this year?

Oh, my work ethic.

13. What happened in 2017 that you didn’t think would ever happen?

Moving into our beautiful home with Paolo (twice), starting a podcast, taking over a business, being in various ads, getting engaged and making more friends despite saying that I no longer needed any.

14. Will you be nice to the people you care about?

Yes, absolutely!

15. Will you dress differently this year than you did in 2017?

I cannot say.

16. Will you start or quit smoking?

Quit. It’s funny because on this survey you can trace the moments I decided to start followed by the many years I’ve decided to quit but PLEASE LET THIS BE THE YEAR. FOR OUR CHILDREN!

17. Will you better your relationship with your family?

I will be acquiring a new family soon and be starting our own. It’s always been about family and it will be about family.

18. Will you do charity work?

By all means, yes.

19. Will you go to bars?

Hopefully not as much but enough to preserve the youth.

20. Will you be nice to people you don’t know?

I have always.

21. Do you expect 2018 to be a good year for you?

Of course.

22. How much did you change from this time ‘til now?

A lot and hardly at all.

23. Do you plan have on having a child?

If not this year then definitely the next. We want furry children!!!

24. Will you still be friends with the same people you are friends with?

Most likely. But I’ll be honest, I would really like to stop talking to a few people.

25. Major lifestyle changes?

Lots. And lots. and lots!

26. Will you be moving?

We’ve been looking for a forever home for about a year now but until it happens, we’re perfectly fine in our little home. It feels so big though.

27. What will you make sure doesn’t happen in 2018?

Bankruptcy and family feuds.

28. What are your New Year’us Eve plans?

Well spent with family. 🙂 All our families know now and nobody contested so I’m happy, Paolo is happy, the whole world is happy. We also stayed up til 3 and then passed out.

29. Will you have someone to kiss at midnight?

Paolo. For the rest of my life.?

30. One wish for 2018?

For life to happen the way it was meant to happen. And also for things to not cost so much or for us to make more money to be able to afford them!

May you all have a wonderful 2018 and the years to follow. Thank you so much for all the love and support you have given me throughout the years. 13 long years of whoring myself on the internet- how would’ve thought?

It’s been awesome, fam!

To many more! <3

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Christmas Outfit Ideas Lookbook ft. Metro Gaisano + December 2017 Sale Previews

Hey guys! Still looking for some outfit ideas for the Holiday season? I did some shopping at Metro Ayala and here are 3 looks that I was able to put together.


Maco White blazer – P1,299.00


BNY Jean Quilted sweater- P 350.00
Tassel earrings – P 199.00

Wrangler Jeans denim culottes- P 1,499.00
Penshoppe ribbed top – P 299.00

Not really looking for something to wear? Here are some of the sales going on!

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