Do the L’Oréal #ExcellenceFashion Challenge

Growing up in the province, I used to help my parents and relatives color their hair. I loved drawing as a kid and I would always pretend that I’m painting on a canvas. Surprisingly though, I never tried doing it on my own hair until recently. L’Oréal Paris PH sent me a bunch of their new Excellence Fashion hair coloring kit to try out. Since it’s my first time, I relied heavily on the instructions manual and chose a shade that’s close to my hair color. Incidentally my hair was in dire need of retouching so this challenge was just perfect.

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Prep Work

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Before doing anything to your hair, ALWAYS do a skin test first. Some people can be hypersensitive to chemicals so it’s a must that you do not skip this process. It is recommended that you do the test 48 hours prior to application. All you have to do is take a cotton-bud and apply a small quantity of unmixed Protective Cream Colorant behind your ear. Cover an area of about 1-2 cm2 and leave for 48 hours without washing, covering, or touching. If there is no abnormal reaction (itching, redness, or swelling), then it’s safe for you to use the product. Otherwise, wash immediately and refrain from using the product.

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Now since I didn’t develop any allergic reaction from the test, I proceeded with the first step—which is the Pre-Color Care. Each box of L’Oréal Excellence Fashion contains a Protective Pre-Serum to protect your hair from damage. Please note that if your hair has not been colored for 3 months or at all, the serum and hair colorants should be applied on dry hair. Apply the serum from roots to tips. Each box is good for short to shoulder-length hair so if you have long hair like me use 2-3 boxes. Leave it in while you color.

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The box contains gloves so make sure you wear them before mixing the colorants. The next step is to pour the Creme Colorant into the Developer bottle. Put the applicator cap back, then shake the mixture vigorously. Afterwards, twist off the tip of the applicator cap to prevent the bottle from bursting and overflowing. Before applying the color mixture, make sure to cover your shoulders with a towel to protect your clothing. However for aesthetic purposes I didn’t do it, so I ended up looking like a hobo afterwards. My white tank top had lots of browns splattered across my chest and back–not a good idea haha! So once you’ve done that, apply the color mixture to your roots. Part your hair into small, even sections using the applicator tip or a fine-toothed comb for an even color.

Lastly, spread the mixture by massaging it all through your hair until fully saturated. Let it stay for at least 30 minutes. If you have coarse and lots of grey hair, leave the mixture for 5-10 minutes more. Be sure to dispose of the color mix properly—pour the contents down the drain and throw away the empty bottles. Doing so prevents the bottle from bursting and causing damage.

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When rinsing, use warm water. Massage your head gently while washing off the color. When the water runs clear, you can now apply the Protective Conditioner all over your hair. Leave it for 2 minutes then rinse thoroughly. The Protective Conditioner helps protect your new hair color and its natural shine, leaving your hair silky soft afterwards. You can also keep the conditioner for the next time you color. As for me, I use it every day after each bath.

I was kinda getting bored with my long hair so right after I was done coloring, I went straight to the salon and had my hair chopped. And this is the final outcome:

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Do you like it? I know there’s not much of a difference but at least the hair color looks more even now. I do not look like I’m sporting a fake ombre anymore. Haha! Now that I’ve done the challenge, I’m passing it on to you my dear readers:

Do the #ExcellenceFashion challenge and document your process on your own blog and Instagram account. Comment the links to your posts below and tag me @dafnyduck on Intagram. I will be choosing the top 3 entries and L’Oréal Paris PH will send winners special prizes. We are excited to see your before-and-after looks, so color away! <3

Nu Skin ageLOC Expo: A New, Beautiful You Awaits

Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and wished that you won’t age? I do, sometimes. Being young has a lot of benefits, otherwise we won’t have a bevy of anti-aging products lined up in department stores. There’d be also no need for makeup. Unfortunately, we do not live in Utopia. Each day, our cells age, causing fine lines and other unsightly skin conditions to appear. This is further exacerbated by pollution, poor lifestyle, and unhealthy eating habits. This is why skin care companies keep on creating products that help slow down the aging process.

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Last week, I was invited by Nu Skin to check out their ageLOC Expo in Ortigas. You might remember that I once did a review of their facial scrub and toner in 2011, and I loved those products. During that time, Nu Skin is a pretty young direct selling company so supplies were scarce, prompting me to use other cleansers when the ones I had ran out. Unlike other direct selling companies operating in the country, Nu Skin focuses on health and wellness. They regularly collaborate with more than 75 scientists in order to come up with effective products.

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Recently, Nu Skin has introduced their newest line of products. Called ageLOC Transformation, this complete skin care system cleanses, purifies, renews, moisturizes, and reveals younger looking skin in eight ways. The lineup is composed of the ageLOC Gentle Cleanse & Tone, ageLOC Radiant Day SPF 22, ageLOC Future Serum, and ageLOC Transforming Night, which I was able to test. I must say I was really impressed with their Cleanse & Tone product. The staff told me that it is water-based, which means you do not have to wash your face with water when using it. Yes, it’s that convenient!

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Aside from the Transformation system, I also got to try their ageLOC Edition Galvanic Spa System II. Nu Skin also carries the ageLOC Galvanic Body Spa and the Tru Face products. The Galvanic Spa System is an at-home spa that is small, smart and powerful. Since every part of our body is different, the device features different application settings for the face, scalp, and body. It has patented self-adjusting currents and interchangeable conductors to enable the user to alter the settings. For best results and optimal performance, Nu Skin highly recommends that you use their specially formulated products with the device to facilitate the transport of the products’ key ingredients to your skin. The ageLOC Galvanic Spa Facial Gels helps remove impurities, restoring the skin’s natural vibrancy. After experiencing the Galvanic Spa System, my skin has never felt so rejuvenated and supple. Results, however, may vary so the staff told me that they recommend using Galvanic Spa twice a month.

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Me trying out the ageLOC Edition Galvanic Spa System II

On the other hand, the Tru Face Line Corrector helps smoothen fine lines and wrinkles. The Galvanic Spa Body Shaping Gel helps reduce the appearance of cellulite, and the Nutriol Hair Fitness Treatment promotes healthy, abundant-looking hair. I felt I was in a real spa when I tested the products. As expected, they were gentle on the skin and smelled really good.

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After the “royal” treatment, I proceeded to the main hall and did more tests. This time I wanted to know my body age as well as the number of skin caratenoids in my body. Apparently, I am a very unhealthy woman based on the results, which means I have to take my vitamins and supplements seriously. Haha! It was quite depressing, but the bright side is I now know what to do to improve my health.

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If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with Nu Skin by following them on Facebook (/nuskinpils) and Twitter (@nuskinph) or visit www.nuskin.com.ph. Have you tried any of their products? Share your experience in the comments section below! :)

 

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Casual Fridays: Blanc et Noir

Friday is probably the most anticipated day of the week. Many equate it to parties, road trips, dates, or movie nights. But to me it means comfort. Every Friday, I would almost always dress in jeans and shirt. It’s the last day of work so I guess I’m allowed to feel relaxed and unrestricted. For some working women though, office or client meetings often fall on a Friday. When that happens you don’t always have to stick to the usual corporate attire. Below are two laid-back outfit suggestions I have created just for you:

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Gone are days when the only allowed outfits for formal meetings are pencil skirts and blouses. Today, companies are no longer as stringent as before when it comes to dress code. As a result, many women have been experimenting with their looks and are more adventurous. One of this season’s hottest trends is the jumpsuit. It’s surprisingly comfortable to wear as it allows you to move freely without showing much skin. Pair it with a nice pair of black pointy shoes or strappy sandals with matching accessories and you’re now ready to close that business deal. Gold always complements black so I suggest wearing accessories with a hint of gold. ZALORA has a great collection of gold-colored jewelry that you can choose from.

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Like black, white never goes out of fashion. It immediately gives off that clean, cool vibe that’s why people love wearing this color during the summer. Lace cutouts are all the rage this season so you can try out this dress with lace detail. IMO white is a statement in itself so you don’t need to wear a lot of accessories. Gold jewelry with small, dainty pendants and designs are perfect. Complete your look with white or black pointy heels and you’re good to go. If you’re bold enough, you can also go for gladiator heels!

So which are you? Are you the jumpsuit or the dressy type? Spring-Summer 2015 has brought back some of our most beloved trends and styles. Feel free to check some of them here.

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Asian Secrets Lulur Indonesian Whitening Scrub Review

It’s been a while since I posted a skin care/beauty review so yay! One thing I love about my facial skin is that it’s not hypersensitive. I can use one kind of facial wash today, and a different one tomorrow without causing stress on my face. Of course I don’t do that on a normal basis, but for more than 10 years since I became aware of cleansers I’ve probably tried about five or seven brands already—all of which worked fine on me. Just a few days ago, I’ve been trying a new facial and body scrub from Asian Secrets. I always see them in department stores but I never got to try them until recently.

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What is Lulur?

The Lulur is a 300-year-old whitening ritual experienced by brides-to-be 40 days before their wedding. They are treated with the Lulur to give them softer, smoother, and fairer skin before the big day. This tradition was then passed on through generations, and is now enjoyed by both men and women. To complete Asian Secrets’ line of whitening products, they introduced the Lulur facial scrub.

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Facial Scrub

The facial scrub is contained in a pink + white bottle. When you squeeze the contents out, you wont see any spherical beads like other facial scrubs. Although the Lulur scrub does have beads, it’s a lot smaller. According to Asian Secrets, this is to ensure that they gently and effectively remove dead skin cells, revealing a healthier and brighter skin. It smells great, by the way, and not very foamy when used. When I’m using it, I usually just put a pea-sized amount on my palm or fingertips and apply the product on my *dry* face. Then all you have to do is to gently massage your face in a circular motion to completely remove your skin of impurities. Then rinse. Asian Secrets recommends that the Lulur scrub be used every two days, since exfoliating everyday can damage your skin. I use a mild facial wash instead in between scrubbing.

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That’s me with no makeup on. On the left is a picture of me before taking a bath. Lol I’m serious, just to show you guys if there’s any difference at all. The picture on the right is after I used the Lulur facial scrub. Do you see any difference? I think my face brightened up a bit. Of course, there’s no major difference since this was taken when I first used the product. Hopefully I can update this post in the future. After cleansing the skin, please do not forget to tone and moisturize. Sometimes facial scrubs can dry out the face so it’s important that you moisturize. With this product though, I have to say that it didn’t dry out my face like other scrubs do.

Body Srub

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Like the facial scrub, the Asian Secrets Indonesian Whitening Body Scrub is made of fine spherical beads combined with a cream-like substance (I honestly don’t know what to call it. Haha!). It comes in three variants–Grean Tea, Licorice, and Seaweed. Each tub smells differently but produces the same result. I loved Licorice though–it reminded me so much of bath soap, ang fresh! Below is a photo of how each variant looks like:

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Not much difference. The instructions specifically says that you should use it before taking a shower, when your skin is still dry. I guess because dead skin cells are easier to remove that way? Not sure, but that’s how it’s done. The Asian Secrets body scrubs, according to them, helps even out your skin tone especially the problem areas, which are usually the knees, elbows, armpits, and inner thighs. I can’t show you my singit (because why should I haha!) but below is a photo to show you if it really works.

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Please note that this was the first time I used the product, so I had to test it first using the back of my hand. ALWAYS perform a skin test if it’s your first time. The right photo shows the “after application”. You can’t really see it in the photo but my forearm felt really smooth and soft afterwards. It didn’t feel itchy also, which is my skin’s usual reaction to harsh body scrubs. Like the face, apply lotion on the skin to prevent it from becoming dry. Since it’s my first time using the product, you can’t see any change in skin color yet, but I will let you know when it does. :)

Have you ever tried Asian Secrets? Don’t hesitate to share your experience in the comments section below! :)

 

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DISCLAIMER:

This is not a sponsored post. I did not receive any monetary compensation to publish this review. For more information about the products used in this post, please visit Asian Secrets Whitening Spa’s Facebook page.

Intermittent

By now you might have figured out that I’m not good at keeping my word. How many times have I made a comeback after a hiatus, and apologized for it? I can’t even count anymore, and I won’t be surprised that you have lost interest as well. Believe me when I say, though, that all these are unintentional. I’m not depressed nor have I lost interest in blogging, but I’ve reached a point where I began to question my purpose as a human being. I mean LIFE is doing pretty well. I’ve got a nice job where my skills are rewarded; I get to spend more time with my family now; and I’m getting married to the love of my life soon.

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In the past, when friends would tell me they’re not sure where they’re life is going, I would often say to them: “Everyone’s lost at 25.” And now, I can’t believe I’m telling myself this at 26. I thought I had it all figured out when I was 21, but I was terribly mistaken apparently. Some days I would catch myself reading articles about twenty-somethings on Thought Catalog and Elite Daily–something I swore off doing since they started publishing misogynistic, nonsensical articles written by self-entitled millennials. Other days I would just stay at home and reflect, which would often lead to more questions. Every week, my friends and fiance would ask me when I’m going to write again, to which I always answer with a shrug.

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I’ve had similar episodes in the past, but not as long and serious as this one. Have you ever felt envious of people who knew exactly what they wanted to be? I have. When my boss asked me a few months ago what my passion is, I couldn’t give an answer. All I was able to say is: “I’m still figuring it out.” At 26, I’m supposed to know already, at least according to society. Chad, my ever-supportive fiance, would often console me by telling that I’m not like most people. That maybe I’m not meant to have a single purpose, maybe I’m meant to do a lot of things.

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He could be right. I’m trying to embrace this idea; there are occasional self-doubts, of course, but they’re now much easier to overcome–thanks to friends and loved ones who have been with me throughout my (ongoing) existential crisis. They never asked, and I never said anything but they were there for me.

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Despite my intermittent absence, I still feel quite fortunate that brands like WALKTRENDY still trust me and my blog. WalkTrendy is an online street-style fashion retailer based in Hong Kong with a fulfillment center in the USA. They found my blog through Google, which is fantastic because that only means they do their research and not just base on social media followers. They reached out to me in April. I know that’s two months ago but it takes a really long time for overseas mail to get to my country. The WalkTrendy team has been really patient with me, and for that I’m extremely grateful.

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It’s already June but the heat has not subsided yet so I decided to wear this printed dress from WalkTrendy. It’s made of light, semi-cotton material so it’s perfect for the sunny weather. What I honestly love about this dress is the print itself. It reminded me of me a few years ago, when I was so in love with blogging and fashion. I used to go out with my hair in curls topped with a DIY floral crown or hat. That was also when my then-boyfriend-now-fiance was teaching me how to use a film camera. Good times, good times. :)

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printed dress from WALKTRENDY | shoes from Forever 21 | ribbon headband from H&M | bag from Parisian | watch from Casio

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I know I promised you several times that I’ll be posting regularly again, but I won’t do that this time. I want every post to be genuine, with more content, and I can’t do that when I’m not in the mood. Hopefully I can do it this time. Be back soon! xx crossed fingers xx

 

PS. To those who kept on visiting this blog despite the lack of updates (yes, I can see you), thank you for sticking with me. :*