One week before my China trip, I decided to retouch my hair color.  I could just go back to the salon (hey, Edgar!) but I saw a product from Tony Moly and I thought why not try the whole process at home.

At first, I was really hesitant because everything could go wrong in an instant.  It's extra risky because it's also my first time use bleach myself.  Anyway, I still gave it a shot.

I also bought a coloring kit from L'Oreal in the shade Golden Auburn to darken my hair a bit.  The highlights were too striking for me back then so I wanted to tone them down.


I read somewhere that Coconut Oil would help lessen the bad effects of bleaching so I also picked up this one from Hair Treats.

Prep Time...

I coated my hair first with the coconut oil and then, prepared the bleach mixture.  I bought two boxes because of the length of my hair.

Around 175 php per box

The scent is really strong so you might want to cover your nose while you do the mixing.  


Bleaching...

I didn't encounter any irritation but there's a slight itch on the scalp.  It's nothing serious though.  


The longer it's on your head, the better results you'd get.  

Here's how it turned out.  It really lightened the strands.


Time to color...

After washing my hair with shampoo, I started preparing for the next step. 


The box contains:
  • Protective Pre-Color Serum
  • Protective Cream Colorant
  • Cream Developer
  • Protective Conditioner

I applied the serum first all over and then put the colorant into the plastic bottle.  I gave it a good shake, freaked out a bit because I was thinking that it would blow up and then, start brushing it into my hair.


I actually regret not letting it stay longer.  I was so sleepy so I rushed and rinsed it off immediately.

Nevertheless, I still loved how it turned out.  My hair definitely became darker but as expected, the color became lighter after a few weeks.

Here's the transformation of the color prior my own coloring up to present day.

Before

The bleached parts have become too light because of purple shampoo but I still use it once a week to maintain my current hair color.

1 week after

Since I'm not a pro, the bleaching thing got too concentrated on some parts.  Haha!  Kris actually helped me apply it so I could imagine how harder it would be if I did it all by myself.  


On some lighting, it appears like this which I think is close to the color shown on the box.

399 php

Another product I use to maintain the color is Palmolive Vibrant Color shampoo.  

After one month...

My hair looks less brassy now, thanks to the coloring kit by L'Oreal, the Palmolive shampoo and of course, the purple shampoo.  I can also see hints of rose gold color.  I'm in love! :D


Finally, here's the most recent photo.  


I'm so happy that it didn't become a disaster.  Yay!  :)


What do you think?  Have you also tried bleaching or hair coloring at home?



your sweetest drug,
Here's one dessert place I can recommend.  Well, they don't just serve sweets but in case you visit, do yourself a favor and don't forget to try their delicious toasts.


We were craving for something sweet one fine day and stumbled upon Cafe Shibuya in Trinoma.  They have an open store there near Charles & Keith.  We ordered their iced caramel latte, which we loved and two of their best-selling toasts.


As soon as I saw the photos of their toasts, it reminded me of the creative and colorful Japanese desserts.  Maybe that's the story behind the name of the restaurant?  Haha, sorry, I didn't do my research.

They don't serve all Jap food though.  It's a nice mix of Asian with hints of Filipino dishes.


I think their Trinoma branch only serves desserts, drinks and coffee.  If you want more, you can cross the other side of the north and go to their SM The Block branch.  It's near Hypermarket.

Ahhhh!  Coffee!  What a beautiful sight!


I remember asking for extra caramel syrup for this.


Of course, the Bear chose the matcha-flavored toast.  The ice cream was legit!


It's basically a cube-shaped toast with toppings, syrup and whipped cream on the side.  I'm not sure if it's similar to a French toast but it seems it's also kinda soaked with something.  Maybe it's a glaze of some sort.  Whatever it is, it turned an ordinary bread into a tasty treat!


Recently, I visited their SM The Block branch with my friends.  I must say, it seemed like a nice hangout place.  Thumbs up for the lovely interior!


I ordered Pork Belly with Kimchi Rice.


The meat was cooked very nicely and it went well with the soy sauce and vinegar dip.  However, I think the kimchi rice could still improve.


My friends also ordered this oil-based pasta with sardines and fish and chips.


So that's it!  I might drag the Bear again here so we can try more of their toasts!




Like Cafe Shibuya on Facebook.



your sweetest drug,
Hello from Davao!

We went to Samal island and it was indeed an adventure.  We didn't set foot on breathtaking beaches, well, at least at the resorts that we checked out but it's still fun!  I'll share the full story on my travel post.

So before I call it a day, let me share some photos from the opening of Skin Station's latest branch at Century City Mall in Makati.


This is smaller than the one in SM Megamall but I guess, it's okay because the mall doesn't seem so busy anyway.  It's located near the cinemas so if you need to kill some time before watching a movie, you can drop by for a facial treatment.


As usual, they have a white and clean interior and a room can accommodate one customer.


They also have a nice display of their products, including the Blushing Beauty goodies.


All testers are available at the counter.  See those trays right there?


If you ask me about my favorite one, I'd recommend their sunscreens!


In the bag they gave me, there's Jeju Aloe Peeling Gel.  It is one of their latest products.

Here's how it looks like.


I also got gift certificates for some treatments and I would definitely use those for a pampering sesh.


So thanks again to Skin Station for having me!

I'm checking my calendar now to see when's the perfect time to book my appointment.  :)


Like them on Facebook to know more about other branch locations and promos - https://www.facebook.com/skinstationph/.



your sweetest drug,
Here's the video I put together for my China trip last September.  Again, duty called and I was just so lucky to be given a chance to explore a new country again.


We stayed there for two weeks and we transferred back and forth to Suzhou and Shanghai.  These two cities are like 1 hour away from each other.  Well, 2 hours if there's heavy traffic.

In Suzhou, we stayed at Grand Metropark Hotel.  It's a pretty nice hotel and they have really spacious rooms.  They also give out free passes to the nearby health club.


Here's my view of the Jinji lake.


In Shanghai, we tried a restaurant at the back of Shangri-la.

The left dish looks really weird but it tasted good.  The right one seems like a kind of mapo tofu but with seafood.


Shang room! :)


The hotel is located near shopping malls and train stations.

The first agenda was to drop by The Bund.  It's packed with tourists but I still enjoyed the amazing view.


There's also a great Italian restaurant at the back of our hotel called Vapiano.  They have a cool concept wherein customers are given a card and all you need to do is to tap and order.  It's perfect for our group because we had to pay individually.

Oh!  And they had free gummy bears at the cashier table.


The next day we went to City God Temple.  To go there, you just need to find Yuyuan Garden station.

You can either pay for the 10 RMB entrance fee if you want to check it out or if you want to just stroll around the marketplace, you can use the passages along the streets.


I loved the historical Chinese vibe because of the architectures.

We also tried the famous giant xiao long bao, which I didn't enjoy much.  I still prefer the little version.  Hihi.


From there, we took the train again and got off at Xin Tian Di station.


The place felt very urban yet historical at the same time.  There are a lot of cafes, bars and upscale restaurants in the area and I noticed that almost all people are foreigners.


We went back to Shanghai on the next weekend so we had to check-in again.


On our last night, we tried a restaurant in IFC mall (across Shangri-la) called Lei Garden.

It was my first time to eat a pigeon!  Haha!


I'll stop my story here and just let you watch the video!

Click here to start watching!




your sweetest drug,