On Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018, wasn’t a holiday but it might as well had been. Women and men all over the world paid homage to the movie Mean Girls, which is all know is a totally fetch movie.
Seriously, if you don’t know what I’m talking about you can’t sit with us.
All puns aside, I decided to play along to the tribute and deck myself out in a pink ensemble because we all know that “On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink.”
It was honestly quite fun to be able to dress up in theme and it was even more fun to see hundred and thousands of people on social media join in on the fun. While I doubt Regina George would have ever let me sit with them in this ensemble, I’m still glad I got to wear something that was pink yet was still a good reflection of who I am and my style.
Obviously I’m not a huge girly- girl but I like the think that I get to be more adventurous with my fashion options that way 😉
It is said that the beauty industry is valued at a whopping $445 BILLION right now and with the ever changing beauty trends that I’ve seen over the years, it is really no surprise. Make up products are constantly flying off the racks (I’m talk about you, @sunniesface) and recently semi permanent make up has been the greatest thing since cheese. I take that back, NOTHING IS BETTER THAN CHEESE. But you get the gist.
It took me a while to get on the bandwagon for the reason that the industry was so new and I couldn’t take any risks. Up until this day there are semi permanent make up artists popping up left & right and it was crucial for me to watch the industry grow so I could eventually weed out the choices and select the one artist that I absolutely trusted. It’s not being elitists or anything ha, bati na gani ko ug kilay daan delikado ug ma bati pa gyud ug samot.
I have no regrets in trusting Mikee Libi of Winked because her light hand & keenness to detail is really what you are investing in. Anyone with hands can learn how to micro blade but it takes someone with her skill and precision to turn a clump of hair on your forehead into a set of beautiful brows you can actually be proud of.
If you watch the video, you will see how anxious I was about the entire procedure but now, I have no regret in my heart that I trusted Mikee. You will also see that I bombarded her with questions pre-procedure because I really could not risk anything going wrong but the results were and are AMAZING!
Shocking, I know.
And while this is only the 1st part of my blog/ vlog entries, you can tell as early as now that the transformation is nothing short of amazing. At P8,000.00/ 2 sessions (1 month interval per session) for brows that will last up to 2 years, I would definitely say that it is worth the investment.
Should you be interested in contacting Mikee Libi, feel free to message her Facebook and/ or Instagram.
Winked is located at Le Beau Monde Salon, Rivergate Bldg., Gen. Maxillom Ave, Cebu City.
I’ve previously talked about NoStrips Waxing Salon on this blog before and I constantly rave about them on social media. In the last 3 months, I’ve consistently relied on them to take care of my eyebrows, upper lip, underarms, lower legs and my Brazilian waxing and/ or threading.
It felt a little risque to talk about something COMPLETELY NORMAL/ NATURAL as a vagina on Facebook and Youtube but I’m a woman and I am not ashamed to talk about the part of my body that gives me so much power and surprisingly, the outcome was pleasant.
If I’m being honest, I think it’s so taboo and so unmodern of people to be ashamed to talk about their vaginas and the care that it needs. Not only is it naive, it also brings up a larger problem such as: are women given the proper education about their bodies?
At a party I attended recently, I shared the importance of Kegel exercises in women especially after birth and other vaginal exercises which are important for any and every woman and I was surprised at the reaction of my peers. It was so foreign to them that in return, I felt like I shouldn’t be talking about it so openly. But you know, I never know when it’s ok or not ok to say stuff so I have nothing to be sorry about. It’s just a vagina. It’s not like I was being racist.
So I decided to create this video where I sat down and talked to my waxpert Jen about Brazilian waxing and everything that any typical person would ask them. I am literally just touching the SURFACE (literally & figuratively) in this video, but the feedback I’ve received has definitely made me realize how much more we still have to learn. I like that I am realizing these things though.
I would love to talk about it so more but maybe in another post as I think there is potential for this topic. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this video and the insight I have to share with you this afternoon.
Again especially to the ladies, do not feel ashamed to get the care/ help that you need. It’s so liberating.
I’ve always been an uneven mix of a girly girl and a tomboy and it’s completely up to you to define the ratios. To give you an idea, I never carry retouch make up in my bag except for lipstick which I hardly ever use, gym clothes are my go-to outfit and I have not owned an eyelash curler in the last decade… don’t even get me started on fake lashes.
I had seen an influx of lash appreciation posts flooding my social medias in the past month which caught my attention although, if I’m being completely honest, my initial thoughts were, “what the heck is so important about eyelashes anyways?” I truly know nothing.
Out of total curiosity, I messaged FabLabCebu on Instagram because 1. the owner, Jane, is a friend of mine and 2. everyone who was talking about their lashes were also talking about FabLab so obviously, it had to there.
I was booked for a Fab Lash Initial Treatment (P1,500.00), which was the initial package for most people coming in. It’s basically a combination of a Keratin Lash Lift, lash tinting and semi- permanent mascara which only involves your natural lashes and nothing else. It’s supposed to last for up to 8 weeks and succeeding treatments can be availed after for maintenance. For more information about the procedure, you can check out this article which I found online.
As soon as I got in and settled, my lash specialist (Jane) asked to take a look at my lashes. She had set my expectations beforehand and expressed how excited she was to do my lashes as they seemed untouched and healthy. I guess it pays to not have an eyelash curler. lol.
Then I got propped up and ready on a bed where under eye patches were then placed on me followed by small pieces of tape, similar to when you get lash extensions.
My specialist then proceeded with the procedure which lasted a little over an hour. I had my eyes closed for the most part so sorry if this doesn’t paint you a beautiful picture.
Does it hurt?
A lot of you have been asking me on social media if the procedure hurt and to be honest, there was a teeny bit of irritation, as some of the product got into my eye, but was easily and quickly cleaned up.
I was then instructed not to wash my eyes til the next day with no specific instructions on how I should wash my face. I was relieved at this because when I had gotten lash extensions, there were very specific directions on how I should wash my face which I honestly loathed.
I woke up the next day and washed my face truly curious as to how my lashes would turn out and was honestly impressed at how much better they had turned out. Initially, my lashes were a bit clumped up, I’m guessing from the product, but my post facial routine had caused my lashes to spread out, making it more natural to the eye without loosing its lift.
I was so in love with them that I got contact lenses and had a mini shoot in my office!
Aside from the typical questions, a few of you also asked me if it was beach/ salt water safe, as we do live on an island and trips to the beach are as common as a trip to the mall. As fate would have it, I was scheduled to go to the beach and I excitedly put my lashes to the test. Here is a photo of my lashes post beach.
I’ve been sporting these lashes for a good 3-4 days already and here are a few thoughts that I’ve gathered and would like to share with anyone who is thinking about trying out this treatment:
1. Your eyes will light up so much eliminating the use of eye make up, specifically eyeliner.
2. It’s a quick and affordable procedure.
3. There’s little maintenance required aside from succeeding treatments after 2-3 months, depending if you want to keep them lifted.
4. It’s beach safe.
5. There are no harmful side effects .
1. If you’re addicted to liquid liner like I am, application can be a bit tricky. I look great without it though and I’ve gone eyeliner-less without wanting to kill myself for the past days but I love lining my top lids so honestly, this has been a challenge. It’s not impossible to do though, it’s just a tad harder.
2. Biologically, lashes are meant to protect our eyes from foreign objects so I get a bit paranoid that my eyes aren’t as protected when lifted as compared to its natural curvature. I’m mostly in glasses so this has never bothered me but it’s a thought that entered my mind at one point.
Overall, it’s a simple, safe and inexpensive procedure with amazing outcomes. It’s perfect for those who want “permanent” make up effects without the actual commitment of permanent make up. This is me. Which is why I never got micro-bladed. lol. Also, it’s a pretty safe procedure unless you’re a bit sensitive, in that case, you should probably consult your dermatologist first. But otherwise, I would definitely suggest this to anyone interested and I am definitely going back to get them done as soon as needed!
FAB LAB SERVICES & PACKAGES:
Keratin Lash Lift- P 800.00
Fab Lash Initial Treatment – P 1,500.00
Fab Lash Succeeding Treatment – P 1,000.00
For bookings and reservations, contact Janie Flores on Facebook orInstagram.
She also does visits and group bookings.