Hey Sugar Waxing Salon: Now Open in Robinsons Galleria

One truth in life, hairy is scary! You may find it obnoxious, but it’s true, especially when you see a hairy shadow lurking in the dark, or in a more realistic manner, when you want to slip on your shorts and sleeveless top during the hot season, but you just can’t.

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Living in the Northern part of the Philippines can have its ups and downs. On one hand, year-round sun and fun; on the other, maintaining your body for year-round sunning and funning can be exhausting.

When you have the option to slip into your shorts and head to the beach or pool any time of the year, the goal is to maintain skin that’s smooth, no matter what season, which can certainly be sorted out by an appointment to your nearest waxing salon. But for Hey Sugar! Waxing Salon, it’s as much about giving clients what they need while making sure that they allow them to feel fabulous about themselves as well.

Hey Sugar makes all-natural and 100 % Sugar grooming options accessible to clients of all shapes and sizes. They use 100% naturally hypoallergenic sugar wax that minimizes side effects such as allergic reactions and chemical irritations caused by traditional wax—a gentler but no less effective way to keep your skin smooth and hair-free.

Hey Sugar!’s interiors are renowned for being warm, inviting and discreet. Clients can walk in and expect a clean and sterilized environment ideal for the sensitive beauty routines that they are about to undergo, while still feel like they are about to get pampered and taken care of.

And best of all, they can rest easy knowing they are in the hands of expert aestheticians who were trained to deliver only the best results. For newbies, this means you can easily ask your aesthetician any question about the process and advantages of sugar waxing and get a clear answer; for veterans, you know you will walk out of your appointment knowing there’s no other destination that can give you the same results using all-organic hair-removal methods.

“We strive to bring reliable and fast services, but also connect with our customers—it’s a very personal grooming procedure, after all, and we are dedicated to making customers happy and comfortable. Clients expect quality service, superior treatments and affordable prices but not at the expense of a warm and comfortable environment—and that’s exactly what we have waiting for them here,” explains Arvin A. Amaro, Hey Sugar’s Marketing Head.

At the end of the day, everyone deserves some sugar…and there’s no better place to get it than by heading to Hey Sugar! Robinsons Galleria.

Hair is our natural crowning glory, but we sometimes need to smoothen out areas were hair is not an asset.

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Hey Sugar! Waxing Salon currently has 33 locations nationwide, including in Unimart Greenhills, Ayala Malls Centrio CDO, UP Town Center, Festival Supermall, SM Bicutan, SM Sta. Rosa, SM Bacolod, SM Calamba, and our newest branch Hey Sugar Robinsons Galleria. To know more, follow them on facebook.com/heysugarwaxingph, Twitter.com/heysugar_waxing and Instagram.com/heysugar_waxingsalon.

For bookings call 940-9592 or text 09366420530.

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#GerifiedPH: Make Up & Styling for Plus Size Ladies

I used to be a small, but after my steroid intake to have a successful life-saving heart surgery, I ballooned to a size L and despite the sudden unwanted change, I try to keep a positive outlook about it. This change in my physical appearance, 6 inch scar across my back and a set of chubby cheeks signifies my 2nd chance in life.

But let’s face it, the beauty standard of the world is the petite type, stomach in and chiseled cheeks of unrealistic models, and admittedly, I get depressed whenever I think about my 23-inch waist back then. I used to stare at my jeans and grieve – with long deep sighs and tear-less cry.

I used to. Like I said, I want to keep a positive outlook in this sudden change, so after almost a decade, I let go of the past. I gave away my still looking brand new jeans and started praising myself in the mirror.

What I also do is follow empowered plus size icons – Melissa McCarthy, Adele, and Plump Pinays to name a few; I also join workshops and seminars that could aid me to be more confident, that is why I am so excited about this up-coming event by Ms. Michelle Lim Padrelanan, an event organizer and the brains behind Event Detailer Events Management Services. Ms. Michelle conceptualize seminars and workshops that could  empower and hence, effectively help attendees.

For Event Detailers upcoming event, the target audience are plus size women who wants to update style and learn new make up tricks from a pro. It is hard to pick the right shade of color and the shape of the dress that will complement a plus size body.

This workshop will help plus-size ladies to look good and feel good. Learn how to create two looks – a day look and a night look with Make Up Artist and Fashion Stylist Ms. Jana Silao this November 25, at the Crumbsis Cafe, Makati City.

Ms. Jana will demostrate how to properly put on make up, from foundation, to brows, to countouring and getting that glow. You will learn by following with the make up you already own.

Aside from that, you’ll learn which looks are right for your body shape and know which pieces of clothing to invest in to build a capsule of clothes that you can mix and match.

Now at parties, we take lots of photos and it is a struggle to try to hide yourself – behind others or with a scarf or a huge bag. At this workshop, you’ll know the best angles for you so that all your photos will be memorable.

What’s more? Attendees for this event will receive giveaways from Suesh Make Up and Love Curves Ph.

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For all these, your beauty investment is only P1800.00. In exchange, you’ll be more confident as your beauty shines through.

I learned that no matter what reason it may be, being a size L should not be something to be shy or embarrassed about. I also learned to embrace the change, be adoptable and only think about the things you could change. So why not embrace the beautiful you and empower yourself with the right makeup technique and fashion tips to level up your game?

Go to this link to register: bit.ly/plussizeMUS.

See you there!

#GerifiedPH: Pop Up Town 2017

We are half way off the ber-months and sales are flashing here and there. Now, all you have to do is pick which stores are you going. But, if you have no idea where to shop first, and which sale events should you go to… Let me help you navigate and see why you have to stop over at the Pop Up Town and shop ’till you drop!

Make Circuit Makati and Arca South your ultimate entertainment and hassle-free shopping destinations this Holiday season! The holidays are just around the corner and the only thing better than the breeze getting colder and nights getting longer, is the fact it’s now the time, the best time actually to do some shopping! With bazaars in various parts of the Metro that offer almost always similar items, it may be hard to find something unique for loved ones. But don’t fret! There’s a better way to get a head start at crossing out items on your list without having to go from one place to another to find that one-of-a-kind present for your loved ones.

If you happen to live in the city, you’ll be a stone’s throw away to the much-awaited ultimate holiday shopping and entertainment experience! Introducing Pop Up Town – the biggest and hippest Holiday bazaar happening at two of Ayala Land’s sustainable estates: Circuit Makati and Arca South.

These are set on November 17 to 19 at Circuit Makati, and December 2 to 3 at Arca South in Taguig. The bazaar is on its fourth year at Circuit Makati and promises to jumpstart the holiday shopping mood through Pop up Town.

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The event will feature over 200 curated shops, dining options and a ton of activities for the whole family.

What’s in store at Pop up Town? With a variety of shopping options to choose from – everything from quirky novelty gifts, to hard-to-find local products, Pop-Up Town will consist of four zones – – Pop Up Shop, Pop Up Market, Pop Up Gallery and Pop Up Local.

Pop Up Shop

Pop Up Shop will have a variety of well curated goods and pre-loved items from Karl Edwards, Passion Fly, UP JMA, Mommy Mundo, and big discounts by Folded and Hung. Unique brands and pre-loved items from our favorite stars will also be featured under the Star Avenue such as Janice De Belen, Karla Estrada, Inah de Belen, Ara Mina, Danita Paner, Maricar Reyes Poon, Marissa Sanchez, Nene Tamayo, Nilki Valdez, Christine Babao, Maria Lopez, Mara Lopez, Gretchen Fullido, MJ Marfori, Aubrey Carampel, Cherry Lou Damaso, Denise Joaquin, Mike Agassi amd Miriam Quiambao.

Mommy Mundo – Online Community of Moms and Momenterprenuers showcases wide range of mom and baby-friendly products like Maternity belt, Sun Life Insurances and more

Botanicals in Bloom – aside from essential oils, they also offer All natural skin care locally handmade made from premium ingredients like olive oil and bees wax and food grade flowers and leaves infused to become oil. These long lasting scents could calm your senses

UP JMA – students on businesses like Medjas, a Korean pop culture inspired socks. UP JMA support millennials discovering potential in the business markets. What’s more? It is for the benefits of the kids they support every semester – 40 kids are sent to school.

Karl Edwards – old company that support small businesses and Start up businesses to give back to the community, basically making dreams come true!

LukieBear – named after her first born, this swaddled blankets has many uses with beautiful verses that could comfort and inspire new moms.

Every good and perfect gift is from above.

Outdoor blankets, Gawang Pinoy Candle Soy, water based oils, and home sprays are some of their offerings. Fashion design clothes will also be featured at Karl Edwards pop up shop.

Bake Goods by Janice De Belen – homemade cheese cupcakes, pulvoron

Gretchen’s Fashion – preloved shinning shimmering splendid fashion items and size 5 shoes

Isabelle Glamour and Mara Sports- Mara’s surfing stuff and gears like rashguards, wetsuits, and bikinis and Isabelle’s Glamour beauty and the red carpet pre loved selling for only a fraction of the cos.

Miriam Quiambao’s Tubo – freshly squeezed sugar cane juice comes in natural flavor of tubo skin tonic, good for the liver, and high folic acid. Other flavors tubomango, tubomansi, tuboguyabano. Sweet taste for a healthier you! Sometime in 2015, Miriam and husband walking in Cebu and tried tubo juice. Long story short, they franchise one to make it available here in Manila.

Nikki’s Homemade Goodies – homemade goodies and chocoloco brownies Classic butter polvoron Red velvet cocoa polvoron and cakes bazaar best seller 2012 backings MissButtercream by Nikki Valdez on Instagram.

Pop up Market

A wide variety of scrumptious dishes will gibe everyone a taste of the season with Pop Up Market with Mercato. It features Takoichi Authentic Takoyaki – Squids fresh from Calaguas, and other great Filipino street food!

Pop Up Arena

Ayala Land’s estates, being a one-stop destination f leisure and entertainment, will be the perfect venue to spend the long weekend and holidays. Complementing all the shopping choices are activities like outdoor movie screenings, art workshops, battle of the bands and live acoustic performances. Kids and the kids at the heart will even be able to enjoy an inflatable obstacle course dubbed as Wacky Obstacle Run.

Bringing war into the town! Go up on different inflatable of giant activities with a twist.! Obstacle courses, swirl ball experience of different types of inflatables,  giant jackstones, speed racks and wacky activities for kids and kids at heart. Open for all ages but kids ranging 10 years and below should be accompanied by a guardian. WackyObstacleFun.com

Pop Up Lokal

Home grown and locally-sourced and locally-made products will be showcased under the Pop Up Local. It features crafts like accessories and jewelries made and designed by PWDs.

Papelikhaan – recycled papers made by partner communities.

Pop Up Gallery

Appreciate and own a piece of art at the Pop Up Gallery featuring works curated by Para sa Sining.

Para Sa Sining – Non government organizations collaborated to celebrate arts – music, poetry, music and more! Philippines community of collaborators also features Digitized artworks like postcards and stickers like I am, I create, and we create Filipino identity – pagkilala sa iyong sarili at paglikha ng obramaestra.

Siklo Pilipinas – upcycle materials arts and crafts like products made out of airplane tires! That’s very interesting!

There’s definitely something for all at the Pop Up Town. Pop up Town offers a comprehensive collection of merchants that highlight the rich heritage of flavor and culture in the country with their local products from different regions. Student entrepreneurs will feature their innovative and unique products. Celebrity and blogger merchants will also offer everything from artisanal delicacies to pre-loved fashion items. This is the most wonderful time of the year, especially in the city that makes it happen, bringing together family, friends and colleagues. And since the success of the previous Circuit Makati Christmas Bazaars in the past years, Ayala Land ups the ante by bringing it to another Ayala Land estate, giving more people the chance to create new memorable holiday traditions.

At Pop Up Town, surprises awaits Mastercard holders as they have the chance to win prizes during the bazaar, and experience a variety of perks–from hassle free cashless shopping to free entrance to both bazaars at Circuit Makati and Arca South!

In addition, Circuit Makati and Arca South also partnered with Grab to offer discounted Grab rides heading to and from venue, free shuttle rides in select areas across the metro, free parking and option to go cashless shopping via Mastercard. This is truly the easiest way to create fun and exciting memories to remember this holiday season by. Drop by on November 17 to 19 and December 2 to 3, and get a head start on your shopping list! Pop up Town is co-presented by Mastercard and Fox Life, in cooperation with Grab.

What are you waiting for? Save the pennies and prepare your Mastercard for the great fashion, food, family run and art feast for all! See you there!

Charo Santos shines at every stage

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‘Ma’am Charo’. ‘CSC’. ‘Ate Charo’. These are but some of the ways people within the entertainment industry fondly call Ms. Charo Santos. These honorifics are very much a reflection of the many facets of her luminous persona as an actress, TV host, movie producer, and corporate executive – not to mention wife and mother – and now as the sparkling brand Ambassador of My Diamond.

The story of how she gained a foothold in the world of entertainment is almost like a fairy tale. Growing up in the bucolic island of Calapan, Oriental Mindoro, Charo was, first and foremost, an unabashed movie fan. On weekends, her doctor father would take his brood downtown to catch the latest local and Hollywood releases. There, she would sit amazed as the moving image and storyline unfold on the big screen. She would also eagerly queue in line just to get the autograph of her favorite stars.

But it would be after graduating cum laude with a Communication Arts degree, and being crowned the Baron Travel Girl in 1976, that Charo would get her foot in the door as production assistant, and subsequently an award-winning debut acting role in Mike de Leon’s acclaimed film “Itim.”

From then on, there was no turning back for the beautiful, smart, and determined lass from Mindoro. Apart from her critically-acclaimed cinematic performances, she is host of the top-rating drama series “Maalaala Mo Kaya,” a successful movie producer, and television executive as CEO of ABS-CBN—the first woman to take the top helm within the network—until her retirement last year. She also marked a triumphant return to film, appearing in Lav Diaz’s “Ang Babeng Humayo,” which bagged the coveted Golden Lion at the 2016 Venice Film Festival which earned her a lengthy standing ovation from audience.

Today Charo’s brilliance still continues to shine like the rare gem that she is. It’s no surprise then that she now assumes the role of My Diamond’s newest brand ambassador, perfectly embodying the brand’s “Choose True Brilliance” spirit, and the finely crafted jewelry pieces that they carry.

Certainly, with all her achievements, Charo Santos is a real woman of substance and the epitome of true brilliance – sparkling, luminous, precious. Just like My Diamond.

Ever Bilena partners with Hope for Lupus Foundation

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Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc. CEO Dioceldo Sy (rightmost) with (L-R) Dept. of Public Works and Highways secretary Mark Villar, Hope for Lupus founder Cong. Emmeline Aglipay-Villar and Chamber of Cosmetics Industry of the Philippines president Silliman Sy.

The country’s leading cosmetics brand, Ever Bilena, together with the Chamber of Cosmetics Industry of the Philippines (CCIP), is extending a helping hand to patients of Lupus as it officially partners with Hope for Lupus Foundation to help raise awareness on the chronic autoimmune disease.

Occurring when the body’s immune system attacks the muscles and organs, at least 30 to 50 in 100,000 of the population in the Philippines are victims of Lupus. This disease can be difficult to diagnose as its symptoms often imitate other ailments. Its most distinctive symptoms are a butterfly-shaped rash on the face from the bridge of nose to the cheeks, fatigue or fever, joint pain, stiffness and swelling, skin lesions that worsen when exposed to sunlight, shortness of breath, chest pain, dry eyes, headaches, confusion, and memory loss.

“It’s an unpredictable disease. One day I was okay traveling, then the next day I was in the hospital and I didn’t know what was happening to me,” shared Hope for Lupus Foundation founder, Congresswoman Emmeline Aglipay-Villar. “I am lucky that I can afford treatment, but a vast majority of Lupus patients in the Philippines cannot afford even a diagnosis, much less treatment and medication.”

With this partnership, Ever Bilena CEO Dioceldo Sy said, “It will be a long journey together with CCIP and Hope for Lupus, as we plan to hold some events to help indigent patients.”

CCIP president Silliman Sy also added, “We hope our association will be able to help in raising awareness on Lupus through cosmetics, which is the item that every woman needs to feel beautiful.”

Among these awareness and fundraising initiatives that Ever Bilena and CCIP have come up with are putting the Hope for Lupus logo on Blackwater Elite’s – Ever Bilena’s PBA basketball team – jersey as they play in the upcoming 2017 PBA Governor’s Cup, friendly matches with other PBA teams outside of the PBA season, and a marathon set for early next year.

To know more about Ever Bilena, visit www.everbilena.com.ph, and follow www.facebook.com/everbilenacosmetics.

To learn more about Lupus and the Hope for Lupus Foundation, visit http://hopeforlupus.org.ph/.

To learn more about CCIP, visit http://www.cciphilippinesinc.com.

 

#GerifiedPH: Hair Makeover at Vivere Salon

Katy Perry bullied Britney Spears a couple of times because she bald her head.

Recently, a video of a pixie haired Perry crying because of depression is circulating online.

Bottom line, I want a Katy Perry blue hair for a change!

Kidding aside, (although I really am eyeing a cotton candy blue set of locks for that extravagant transformation) when you can’t control the situation you’re in, cutting your hair is a good way of getting in control again.

You’re hair won’t complain (unless you want blue hair when in fact, your hair is previously treated. Did I popped your bubble? More of this later) or deny you, it will just follow.

It’ll somehow make you feel better.

That being said, if you feel bored or want a new adventure, enter the proverbial chateau of change, the Vivere Salon. There currently are 10 stations of Vivere Salon, one portal is located at 3F, Glorietta 2, Palm Drive, Makati City with Telephone Number: (02) 812-3364.

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Vivere Salon team members are globally trained under the Vidal Sassoon Academy to create bespoke cuts that fit the taste and lifestyle of each of Vivere Salon clientele. Each stylist has an instinctive understanding of the science behind hair, complemented by an understanding of fashion and trends. Vivere Salon trademark is instinctive, visual, modern and natural feel for what works, combined with a great sense of style and extensive cutting experience. At the end of the day, Vivere create cuts that you will love.

It’s guaranteed, you will never get out the same way you enter.

Daydream

I daydreamed of wearing a white cropped top, big pleated A-skirt with large print, high heels, with sunglasses on top of my blue hair while drinking pink lemonade, riding the shores of California (think of vintage themed Teenage Dream), when I was invited to try Vivere Salon at Glorietta 2. Finally, having blue hair is a tiny little step towards that road tripping dream I’ve been fancying about.

 

Reality

My hair was rebonded November last year and apparently, you can’t bleach your hair much when your locks are previously treated. It kinda dim the light and tone down the excitement so I just let my hairstylist take the wheel and do what she think would suit me best based on my facial features and current hair condition.

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After settling down, my Senior Hairstylist, Ms. Meg Mendoza approached me and  evaluated my hair – thin fine hair, and moderately dry from previous treatment.

Shampooing to remove oil and dirt came next before a haircut.

My face framing layered haircut was made to volumize and heighten my flat crown.

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She made a diamond highlight using Dark Blonde Chocolate Gold color on my top to create an illusion of volume. This highlight will compliment the layered shape of the haircut.

Base color was applied afterwards using Golden Dark Blonde color.

 

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The service ended with a deep repair treatment for colored and chemically damaged hair.

The experience for me was relaxing. My hairstylist is very-friendly, her assistants were accommodating – offering me drinks, upper back massage during my waiting time and several gentle mindful hair-washes – no tagging of hair, or pulling of roots. My top didn’t have drips of water nor did I have to towel my face dry because they made preventive measures (sorry for my safety officer terms used as that is what I really think that transpired) – extra careful on washing my hair to prevent water from splashing on my face, a towel on my back and a towel ready whenever I rise on my seat. These small simple gestures makes a huge difference when it comes to visiting salon, and I really appreciate their careful effort in making sure that I am comfortable all the way.

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My appreciation for my hairstylist’s caring, honest and correct evaluation of my hair made me more happy about this change.

You know what’s great about hitting rock bottom, Eddie? There’s only one way left to go, and that’s UP! – Buster Moon, Moon Theater Producer

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I didn’t get my blue hair – not yet at least. But I really love this drastic, about-time change in me. I can’t wait for my new adventures!

“At the end of the day, it’s still about creating a cut that our clients will love. It’s finding that right balance between wash and wear as well as unique and edgy; confident in the knowledge that every day, they will wake up with hair that doesn’t have to get blown out or ironed or set to look great.” – Ramon De Ubago III, CEO of Vivere Salon

His and Hers perfumes from Blackwater

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Much like yin and yang where two opposites complement each other, Blackwater, the cologne line of leading cosmetics brand Ever Bilena, offers matching fragrances for men and women. Blackwater Sports One has a complex masculine vanilla scent for men aiming for a stylish and unique appeal. Meanwhile, its counterpart Blackwater Women Activ One goes beyond the usual florals with deeper, more complex notes for a refreshing appeal. Blackwater Sports One and Blackwater Women Activ One are available at Blackwater counters at any leading supermarket, drugstores, convenience stores, and department stores nationwide. To know more about Blackwater and its products, visit their official Instagram page @blackwaterelite, and follow www.facebook.com/BlackwaterForMen.