It seems like I'm quite the jet setter these days LOL Only two weeks after my HK vacation, I'll be flying to Tacloban, Leyte for the weekend for work. I don't think I'll be able to go around much, though. Anyway, here's me signing off for the weekend. See you all next week!
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
I admit I am not a healthy eater. I want to have a healthy lifestyle, but it's just hard to resist the tempting food around me, so I knew that going on a cleanse would be a good idea. I read some good reviews about the Juju cleanse, so I decided that it was for me because: (1) it didn't need any preparation and (2) it was delivered right in my doorstep.
Since I just wanted to see if I could do a long cleanse, I signed up for a one-day level one cleanse. The level of the cleanse determines the ratio of vegetables to fruits. The higher the level, the more vegetables.
I opened my pack to find 6 bottles with an ice pack, as well as some mint tea leaves to put in my tea on the morning of my cleanse.
Each juice is numbered, so that there will be no confusion with the drinks.
So let's talk about the drinks:
Green bomb - This is the only drink that repeats during the day. Unfortunately, this was my least favorite drink. Too bad because I think this is the healthiest of the bunch because it's entirely from green vegetables.
Alkazest - This one tastes like fruit juice! I didn't have any trouble drinking this. It doesn't go well with water, though (I think it's because it has a high level of alkalinity).
Red giant - This tastes like a slightly better version of the green bomb.
Spicy lemonada - One of my favorite drinks! It tastes just like lemonade but with pepper so it gives it a kick.
Salaba't lemon - Honestly, the thought of drinking salabat seemed scary, but this one actually tasted good.
Surprisingly, I didn't feel hungry the whole day except for one time after my second drink. After my third drink, however, I felt fine. Just remember to drink lots and lots of water. Of course, all that drinking means more bathroom breaks, which are good for you!
I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to do this. If only cleansing for three days were easy. That is another step that I should take next time.
The downside? This cleanse is expensive. However, the ingredients are all organic and the juice bottles are biiiig!www.jujucleanse.com
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Hello everyone! This time, I'm asking you for your input and wisdom. I'd really like to get my lashes permed but I don't know. Let's Face It had some good reviews before but now, I read that they changed the formulation of their chemical for the lashes and the reviews have gone bad. Now I'm quite scared of having it done there but I'd still like to try this out. Can anyone leave some feedback of good and bad salons for lash perming so I know which to skip and which ones are worth trying out?
Monday, June 20, 2011
I have naturally curly, frizzy hair which gets really hard to manage that's why I choose to have it rebonded straight. I'm not a big fan of flat hair, but let's face it, it is easier to manage than my natural hair. Unfortunately, repeated rebonding has dried out my hair, so I began to look for other options. That's when I read about Permanent Blowdry or Keratin Complex Treatment. Treatments like these have begun to surface in the Philippines, and it began touting itself as THE treatment for damaged hair that other salons won't touch. Supposedly, it wasn't a straightening treatment but will help eliminate frizz, as well as make damaged hair look healthy again.
Sounds like a dream come true? My further researched indicated that early versions of these treatment contained formaldehyde. Now, there are formaldehyde-free versions being offered in salons, but reviewers online still said that fumes from the treatment stung their eyes. Sometimes, the hairdressers still wore masks. In effect, I'm worried about the possible health effects from this treatment. This, plus the hefty price tag and the short life span (most salons claim up to two months life span only) has made me very skeptical about this treatment. So I'd like to ask you: Have you tried it? Is it worth it?
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Musicalfan Loves Minerals has reached 300 followers! I know it took a while, and I've been a bad blogger sometimes, but thank you all for bearing with me. Here's to more beauty reviews!
Friday, June 17, 2011
Hey guys! I'm back from a really enjoyable vacation in Hong Kong! I've been back for a few days but I've been so stressed out from work that I haven't been able to blog until now. I'm just going to show you tiny tidbits from my trip. We actually just went to Ocean Park and HK Space Center this time, since I've been to HK several times already. We decided not to go to Disneyland anymore since we've been there twice, and the rides are really more for kids and I just go there for the shows, LOL. We spent most of our time shopping actually. However, I have never enjoyed eating on a trip more than this one. It was noodles and roast duck galore, not to mention the Haagen Daz ice cream overload, since it's cheaper in HK than here.
So I'd like to show you what I really enjoyed the most in Ocean Park: seeing pandas! I was so enamored by these panda bears. It's so easy to forget that they can be as ferocious as grizzly bears because they're just so cute! And boy, do they enjoy their green leaves! Here's one panda having lunch:
And of course, Ocean Park wouldn't be Ocean Park if they didn't have an aquarium. Here's my favorite picture of them all: jellyfish!
Of course, a trip abroad isn't complete with a little beauty mini-haul. First a MAC 222 brush. I'm glad they have it in HK because it's not available here. After buying this in Harbour City, I left the mall really quickly because I saw NARS, Benefit, MUFE and other brands beckoning me to come closer, but I didn't want to spend more.
And a shampoo and two treatments from Schwarzkopf.
I also bought Liesle hair dye but forgot to take a picture. It's really so much cheaper there than buying it from online sellers locally.
Unfortunately, I bought more than just beauty stuff. I also bought two multi-wear knit tops from Giordano, a leather bag, a pair of shoes from Crocs and 5 music books! So yes, I did spend more than I hoped for, but I'm happy!
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
I just love giving my friends and family makeovers, especially when they don't wear a stitch of makeup most of the time. My sister is such a person, despite me being the beauty junkie that I am. So when she went to a party, I was more than happy to do her makeup. Too bad there was no time to do her hair.
Anyway, here she is! Everyone says she looks like me LOL
Plus, I'm going on a much-needed vacation. It's just going to be nearby, in Hong Kong. I just wish it would be colder but unfortunately, it's quite warm in Hong Kong this time of year, too. I want to go shopping, but hopefully, just moderately. I don't want to open my credit card bill and get a heart attack! Wish me luck!
Friday, June 03, 2011
Hello everyone! I'm sorry I know I've been a bad blogger, and I'll really try to blog more often this month to make it up. Anyway, I've mentioned several times that I have bad hair because of my repeated rebonding and lately, coloring sessions. Baad, I know, and now my hair has paid the price. The ends of my hair are very dry and damaged, yet I don't have the heart to chop all my hair off, so I'm slowly chopping it off, one haircut at a time. In the meantime, I have to deal with my damaged ends. What do I use to help keep my hair manageable?
I've made two discoveries lately that help me with my hair problems. The first one is Citre Shine Shine Miracle Anti-Frizz Serum. This has been around the house for quite sometime because this actually belongs to my sister. I tried it out one day and since then, I can't live without it! I apply a pea-sized amount on wet hair, and then when I dry it off, my hair is much less frizzy and manageable, yet not oily. The only thing I'm not fond of is the citrus smell :P
Another product I've been using lately is Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Time Restore. This is actually made for mature and fragile hair. I bought this since I got sales talked into it. The guy who was doing my hair seemed to really know what he was talking about. It was the first time that I actually bought a product from the salon, and so far, so good! After my hair dries, my hair is so soft and manageable and the effect lasts for a few days, unlike other masks where the effect only lasts until my next hair washing. It doesn't come cheap, though. I paid P1800 for 200 ml, but I wouldn't mind buying it again since I like it anyway. I alternate this with my hair masks from Human Heart Nature and Creamsilk.
Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts?
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
I'd love to thank you all for the support you gave Musicalfan Loves Minerals. Don't worry, I will not be abandoning this blog, but I will be making a new one for the more personal side of me--my music. I do hope you follow me there too. It'll be different from this one, and I'm quite excited. Say hello to my new blog: Musicalfan Unleashed