Take Me to The Brow Studio

Perhaps one of the most important parts of our face is the eyebrows. They frame our face and can make us look young or old, depending on the shape. So, it is a must that we groom them properly. Unfortunately a lot of us do not know how to do it that we sometimes tend to get tweezer-happy. We have to be very careful with overplucking our brows because it can cause them not to grow again.

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I was born with thick, black brows. While I never had any difficulty shaping them since they looked fine as they are, my main problem is they can get pretty bushy if not maintained. When this happens, I let professionals do it for me. So when a friend of mine invited me to try out The Brow Studio’s services at the SM North The Block branch, I agreed without hesitation.

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When I got there, I was greeted by the lovely interiors. Yellow and violet are two of my favorite colors–they remind me so much of ice cream hehe (mango + ube, anyone?). I’ve always been curious how threading works so while waiting, I watched some of the staff do it on a few bloggers.

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The Brow Studio is owned by Kristine Rochelle “Teng” Tobillo (pictured above), who opened her first branch in Eastwood on November 10, 2010. The Brow Studio now has 10 branches nationwide. It is the first FIlipino specialty salon to cater to eyebrow grooming needs, according to Ms. Teng. She sat with us to discuss some tidbits about her salon and what makes her salon different from the others–one of which is the Brow Rx. It was fascinating to me because I have visited several salons that offer eyebrow threading services and they do not have this.

Discussing the Brow RX

Before the threading process, the skilled staff at The Brow Studio would assess what eyebrow shape is suitable for the client’s facial structure and features. Afterwards, they would show the client’s perfect brow and which one needs rehabilitation. Fortunately, my brows did not need much shaping because apparently, according to one of the staff, I’ve shapen them correctly already. Yay for me! The only things they needed to fix are the small stray hairs and the point where my brows should begin, so yeah–threading time!

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Did I mention that The Brow Studio only uses 100% imported anti-bacterial cotton thread? Also they would always check up on the clients to see if the pain is manageable. Luckily for me, I’m quite used to waxing and threading so the pain was tolerable.

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See the difference? My brows are now more defined and less ‘sabog’. It felt like my whole face lit up after the procedure. What do you think? Afterwards, the staff showed me how to care for my eyebrows and which side I should maintain using the Brow Rx.

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Thank you, Tin! She advised me not to wet the threaded area for at least 4 hours after the procedure. It’s easy to see growing hair after so it’s best to pluck them to maintain the shape.

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We also had a small chat with Ms. Teng after the event. I was really curious about the yellow stick she held out earlier so she told us more about it. Seeing that her customers’ main complaint is their thin brows, Ms. Teng decided to create this product called Brow Vitamins that help grow thicker brows.

Brow Vitamins

While I do not need it, my relatives and friends have genetically thin brows and they always had to use pencils to make them look thicker. I’ve seen so many hair-grower products but some of them don’t seem to really work. However, Ms. Teng’s customers at The Brow Studio swore to the effectiveness of the product. She even showed us before and after pictures that her clients posted on Facebook! You can get the Brow Vitamins for only P425.

If you are interested to try their service, here is menu:

Brow Studio Menu

They also offer tattoo, waxing, and IPL services. Afford na afford, yes? And here’s a list of branches you can go to if you need a quick eyebrow fix:

 

Eastwood City2nd Floor Eastwood Citywalk 2,Brgy. Bagumbayan, Quezon City0922-818482902-3413356
SM Megamall5th Floor Bldg. A, SM Megamall, Brgy, Wack-Wack, Mandaluyong City0922-887588302-7184796
SM City Manila(Franchise)5th Floor, SM City Manila02-3847258
SM City Lanang PremiereLower Ground floor, SM Lanang Premiere, Davao City0932-8839044(082) 3210754
SM City Baguio3rd Floor, SM City Baguio,Luneta Hill, Baguio City0932-8834055
Shopwise Araneta Cubao2nd Floor Bridgeway, Shopwise Araneta, Araneta Center, Cubao, QC0932-8663224
SM North Edsa The Block5th Floor, SM North EdsaThe Block, Edsa Quezon City0925-812547702-9216672
SM City Clark2nd Floor Wellness Zone,SM City Clark Expansion,Clarkfield Pampanga0925-8898388
SM City BF Paranaque3rd Floor, SM City BF ParanaqueDr. A. Santos corner President’s AveBF Homes, Paranaque0925-8993399
SM City FairviewLower Ground Floor, Annex 20932-8834033

Do let me know how your visit went! Thank you, Ms. Teng and The Brow Studio for having me! Follow The Brow Studio on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. :)

Sunshine State

How is your community doing after the #GlendaPH typhoon? My area only got power back yesterday so now I can finally begin catching up on some backlogs. Some of us are lucky enough to get back on our feet, but we all know many towns are still reeling from the damages Glenda has caused, especially my hometown Bicol. There are many ways we can help. If you’re on Twitter, type the hashtag #ReliefPH and you’ll instantly see ways on how you can lend a hand.
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Filipinos are the most resilient people I know. Our country is visited by an average of 20 typhoons a year and they always leave billions of destruction and hundreds of lost lives, but we always bounce back from every tragedy. And that’s what matters. Unfortunate events are a fact of life, and while they cause us so much grief and heartache, we must continue to live our lives the best way we can.
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I lost my father when I was 15. I was a daddy’s girl and losing him devastated me, but my mother showed us that dwelling on grief will do us no good. It took me a year after his death to finally recover emotionally. Now it only feels like my father is just somewhere, traveling the world, watching over me.
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If you would like to help #GlendaPH victims, here are some ways:

  • Volunteers are needed at DSWD’s National Resource Operations Center (NROC) at NAIA Chapel Road, Pasay City. You may contact: 02-8528081 or 02-8512681
  • Naga City, my hometown which was badly hit although recovering, is in need of volunteers who will pack goods. Donations are also accepted. Please call 054-4725462. You may go directly to the Congressional Office of Leni Gerona Robredo at Naga City Hall Compound, in front of Commission on Human Rights and Camarines Sur Medical Society.
  • If you have a phone and load, you can also send monetary donation via Red Cross by texting RED <space> AMOUNT to 4143 (Smart) or 2399 (Globe). You can donate the following denominations: Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000; Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000.

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It has been raining since July began and it’s a must that we’re always ready. My sweaters and long-sleeved tops have overtaken my entire closet. Knit sweaters can be quite expensive so I always look for preloved ones on Instagram. So far I’m loving my purchases. I find them by searching the hashtag #knitsweaterph by the way. :)
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Thrifted dungarees and knit sweater | Loafers from World Balance

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Look Good, Feel Great: My Happy Spa Day with Watsons

How many of us never made a stop at Watsons? Watsons practically has everything our body needs—from personal grooming to health essentials—that it’s impossible not to frequent the place. I buy my face and body care necessities from Watsons most of the time, so naturally when they invited me to a spa party at Ki Neo Day Spa, BGC I immediately said yes.

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Last Thursday, I and a few handpicked bloggers were chosen to attend the Bath to Basics campaign event wherein we were treated with a full body scrub, massage, and shopping challenge later in the day. Prior to the main affair, former model and image consultant Olen Lim gave us some tips on how to care for one’s body by following the correct bath regimen. The highlight of the talk is the bath rituals and myths we have heard (and followed). Ms. Lim provided scientific reasons for some of the myths, which our mothers and grandmas couldn’t. Everything made sense to me afterwards.

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Filipinos are such shower-happy people, many of us even take a bath twice a day. On top of that, we have these rituals we can’t seem to un-follow. But why is that? According to Watsons, this habit of pampering our bodies helps set our mood for the day: A good morning shower activates our brains and relaxes our bodies. Archimedes’ eureka moment is a perfect example.

With this in mind, Watsons launched the Bath to Basics campaign, which “aims to educate people about the importance of maintaining or boosting their bathing habits to achieve better health and skin”. Because we never grow any younger, Ms. Lim suggested that it is better to have good grooming habits when we’re in our twenties, so that when we reach our forties, the stresses of the past years would not take a toll on our skin.

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The most-awaited part came after the talk—SPA PARTY! It was my first time to experience a full body scrub in all honesty, so I was a bit nervous because I did not know what to expect. Plus having another female person see me in all my naked glory scared me. Lol, sounds silly I know. But I survived! I was partnered with the very pretty Angel Nepomuceno of Lush Angel. We were treated with a massage, full body scrub, shower and some delicious tea afterwards. I wish I can show you a spa selfie but alas, I do not have one since I tremendously enjoyed the experience, I almost fell asleep!

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Next was a shopping challenge. This thrilled me the most because who doesn’t love shopping? The challenge was to use a Php 1000 worth of gift certificate at a Watsons store, and the person who gets to buy the most number of items will win a prize. Being the competitive person that I am, I bought everything that I could fit in a 1k GC. I was able to buy 15 units of Watsons products. Not bad eh? Unfortunately, someone was able to buy 20 units so I lost. Haha #sadface #tears #betterlucknexttime.

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It’s been a couple of years since my last event but I am so happy I attended this one. I have been a customer of Watsons for a really long time now, it’s nice to go and write about something I truly believe in. The best thing about this store is the customer-friendly prices of the products. Moreover, they offer promos frequently to customers so customers can maximize the benefits of caring for their bodies. Today Watsons is giving away FREE 750 mL Limited Edition Hand Soap when you buy any combined bath products (bodywash, deo, body scrub and body soap) worth Php 500. SM Advantage card holders like me can get more discounts by just presenting our cards. With just Php 400 worth of products, we can already get the Hand Soap for free! Promo is available at any SM Store Beauty Section.

More deals and offers are available at the following Bath to Basics activation booths: SM Fairview (July 17-22), Festival Mall (July 24-29), SM North Edsa (July 31-August 6), and SM Manila (August 14-19).

Our body is our sanctuary so it is a must that we care for it. Having a bath regimen only means that you love your body. It’s not about being vain, rather it’s about appreciating and loving yourself. After all, they say you cannot give love if you cannot give it to yourself. Charing!

Transition

I do not share much about my day-to-day life on social media. While I do share posts that make me laugh, sad, and inspired and occasional strikes of vanity, only a few loved ones know what’s going on with me. There are many things though I keep to myself only. I’m a bit of a loner, and always been like that–there’s a sense of satisfaction one can find in solitude. I am free to do whatever I please, without outside pressure and learn from the consequences of it. Having this frame of mind and the challenges I experienced as a child, prepared me mentally and emotionally for that place I call ‘the real world’, that world beyond the reach of anyone or anything that would discourage me from pushing forward and pushing beyond my limits.
IMGP2268A lot of things have happened since my last personal post. I’m still having backaches every once in a while. My doctor has advised me to not put too much pressure on my spine, hence I’m not allowed to carry heavy loads and wear high-heeled shoes often. Unfortunately my condition is irreversible. I’m not sure how this will affect my future travels, but I am doing everything I can for this not to worsen so I’m keeping my hopes up. Also, I found a new job in a new city. Right now I am still adjusting and learning the ropes, but I do have a good feeling that everything will be smooth-sailing. New workmates are amazing and full of positive energy, which I really like. I love being with funny co-workers because they make the job less tedious. I’m honestly very thankful to God for blessing me with wonderful jobs for the past three years, so much so that I no longer dread the word ‘Monday’. :)
IMGP2344And like any other office, air conditioning can be very brutal so I am yet again stocking up on some comfy knits and sweaters. Rainy season has begun as well. I know this look is not exactly a rainy season color–I kinda feel guilty for not sharing any outfit the past summer so I hope this suffices, along with my next posts. Plus, I’m having a hard time transitioning from happy summer hues to dark, gloomy shades. Cold weather is nice but I absolutely hate getting wet and bringing an umbrella!
IMGP2287Also, school break will be over soon and in a few weeks I’ll be my usual cranky self, but I won’t be abandoning this blog. I may be posting less often but that’s only because I’m ashamed to show you my eyebag-laden face only my boyfriend can love. Lol. Kidding aside, this semester will be pretty hectic as I’m expecting more reading assignments and reports but I will make sure to post one look a week. If this doesn’t happen, feel free to call me out on Twitter or Instagram.
IMGP2315By the way, thank you to my friend JoeAnn for taking my pictures! It’s her first time to use my camera and take pictures for my blog and I must say she did an awesome job. :)
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ZARA knit sweater | Bershka floral skirt | Vida sandals

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ZALORA Marketplace Is Now Open!

A wave of local fashion talent hits Asia as boutiques come onboard with ZALORA Marketplace.

ZALORA, Asia’s leading online fashion destination, has brought an exciting array of new Filipino fashion talent to online shoppers through the recently launched ZALORA Marketplace. With ZALORA’s combined 15 million visits per month to its sites across the region, Marketplace gives independent fashion designers and boutiques the opportunity to instantly expand their business and reach new customers online.

To celebrate the launch of Marketplace, ZALORA has gathered the hottest up-and-coming boutiques, fashion media and bloggers in one special event at 12 Monkeys in Century Mall. The ZALORA Marketplace team raffled off over P50,000 worth of prizes from select boutiques.

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Jessica de Mesa, Head of Sales & Marketing for Marketplace said, “We connected with the most amazing local fashion entrepreneurs in the process of building Marketplace. As we continue to grow ZALORA Marketplace and seek out new talent, one thing we remain certain of is that Southeast Asia’s fashion industry is alive and flourishing.”

“What we are aiming to create is the biggest online fashion community in the Philippines by connecting designers and sellers with their customers via ZALORA Marketplace,” said Arianne Kader, Head of Operations for Marketplace. “It’s also an opportunity for our team to support boutiques by sharing strategies that will help them become stronger online fashion entrepreneurs.”

The Philippines’ Rising Fashion Stars on Marketplace

ESTELA, a collaborative business venture that started in May 2013, is especially designed for the modern and empowered Filipina. Their debut collection “SWITCH” offers a fresh take on reversible, fashion-forward yet affordable clothing, tailor-fit for all types of women.

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WIPCAPS is a street wear company that produces high quality products for enthusiasts all over the country. Starting off as a specialized headwear design company, WIPCAPS has now diversified into a full street wear line. Their designs are creative and uniquely influenced by diverse cultural backgrounds of the times, showcasing the excellence of the Filipino.

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MANILA SOLE came together to explore the shoe business with the goal of helping the environment by using recycled material in the production of their shoes. MANILA SOLE not only provides fashionable and comfortable footwear, but also helps each person become a hero in his or her own little way – by helping the environment and the local industry one pair at a time.

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Coming Soon to Marketplace: High End Vintage

TheOutlet.PH is an online designer boutique reinvented with a purpose to give back to the local community. The team carefully curates gently used items from brands like Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, and Kate Spade. The best part is that all stakeholders work together to contribute a portion of sales to a partner charity. TheOutlet.PH’s passion for charity and finding a great sale define everything they do.

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Shop ZALORA Marketplace here: http://marketplace.zalora.com.ph

ABOUT ZALORA Group
ZALORA Group is Asia Pacific’s leading group of online fashion destinations. Founded in late 2011, the company has a presence in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia & Brunei, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Australia and New Zealand and operates as ZALORA in Southeast Asia/ Hong Kong and as THE ICONIC in Australia and New Zealand. ZALORA Group’s localized sites offer an extensive collection of top international and local brands and products across apparel, shoes, accessories, and beauty categories for men and women. Offering up to 30-day free returns, speedy deliveries as fast as 24 hours, free delivery over a certain spend, and multiple payment methods including cash-on-delivery, ZALORA Group is the online shopping destination with endless fashion possibilities.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Edryan Lorenzo
ZALORA Philippines PR Manager
+639175003426
edryan(dot)lorenzo(at)zalora(dot)com(dot)ph