21 December 2014

Back in Black

Hello loves! It has been a (long) while since I last made an outfit post. It's because I rarely have time to take outfit photos lately. And I have somewhat shifted into lifestyle blogging which is more convenient me as schedule has become busier. Fashion blogging takes so much time - from choosing an outfit, taking the photos, editing them, and coming up with a blog post. Whereas with lifestyle blogging, I could come up with any post that does not need much work and I am able to meet more moms as compared to fashion blogging. I think that's the best part of that shift.

Anyway, I finally decided to share another outfit post because the dress I'm wearing in these photos deserves a space on my blog. It was something I wore to a relative's wedding a few weeks ago. I borrowed this dress from a friend, but this one is a custom made Leonard Co gown. She and her sisters are my go-to people when I need something formal to wear. Her older sister actually lent me her own custom made gown which I used for prom when I was in high school. I'm extremely grateful to them!

I actually did my own makeup although I don't know how to cause I didn't want to spend on that anymore. I just changed lipsticks cause I wore a natural shade during the church ceremony and donned a darker shade during the reception at Manila Hotel. By the way, I am using my prescription Geo Nudy Brown lenses from Pinkyparadise.com so I won't have to use glasses anymore. Here's the link to my review: http://www.mishrendon.com/2014/10/pinkyparadisecom-geo-nudy-brown-ch-624.html.

Hype this look:

I opted for very minimal accessories cause my dress already attracts too much attention by itself. Of course, any outfit won't be complete without my Classic Sheffield Lady Watch from Daniel Wellington. I literally use this one in every special occasion that I attend. 

Lastly, my outfit won't be complete without my newly manicured nails! I had the chance to try out Posh Nails' Whitening Manicure which I'll be reviewing in my blog soon. For my nail polish, they applied Essie nail polish. I just forgot the name of the shade lol! But my red nails are a nice contrast to my all black outfit. 

Hope you like this look!

XO, Mish


20 December 2014

Azta Urban Salon - SM Jazz Makati's Single Tone Ombre Review

I recently joined and won a blog giveaway of Ms. Kath Rivera of kathrivera.com and Azta Urban Salon - SM Jazz, Makati which entitled me to discover ombre through a hair makeover. I have actually tried sporting ombre hair around 2 years ago when I won an ombre makeover from Ms. Kira Ramirez and Azta Urban Salon as well. Here's the link to that makeover: http://www.mishrendon.com/2012/06/ombre-hair-makeover-azta-urban-salon.html.

Anyway, this time I decided to not go through the makeover anymore since I wanted to keep my hair simple for school. I wanted to try out Sombre but I decided to give the gift certificate to my sister who wanted to have her hair ombred. Our peg for her look was Carissa Alvarado of Us the Duo:

We got by Azta Urban Salon at SM Jazz Makati at around 11 in the morning. We didn't have a hard time finding Azta cause SM Jazz is a really small place. We were actually late for our 10 am appointment but they had customers then so we had our brunch first and got back before 1. 

As compared to two years ago, Azta Urban Salon now offers different styles of ombre. Among these are Balayage, Shadow Faux, Dip Dye, Single Tone, Sombre, and Go Funky. I think what they did to my hair previously was a cross between Balayage and Single Tone. 

For my sister's hair makeover, Ms. Lyn, her stylist, decided that it would be best to go with the Single Tone ombre to achieve Carissa Alvarado's hair. They skipped with washing the hair cause she just washed her hair before leaving home. They then started to apply bleach using MLV products to the bottom half of her hair, but keeping it high in front.

They placed foil on her bangs to prevent the hair and bleach from touching her face. And the first half of the procedure lasted at around 1 hour to 1 and 1/2 hours. After such period, they applied bleach again on her hair. I have noticed though that my sister wasn't offered any drink and I know that Azta usually offers their clients milk tea or iced tea. It was no big deal for us nonetheless.

After 1 hour and before applying bleach again
Before rinsing the hair

That second half of bleaching the hair took around 40 minutes to 1 hour. After rinsing the bleach, I thought they would still apply hair color on her hair to achieve that ash blonde color cause that was what they did to my hair when I had my hair makeover back then. Usually, dark hair tends to look brassy after bleaching. However, they proceeded with drying the hair and curling it. 

Personally, I love how the ombre turned out on her. However, it was far from the hair peg that we showed so I don't think my sister was quite satisfied. Nevertheless, Azta Urban Salon has always been commendable with their ombre service being one of the pioneers of such hairstyle in this country. And I love the refreshing look of their new branch at SM Jazz Makati. 

For more info about Azta Urban Salon:
Like them on Facebook: Azta Urban Salon - SM Jazz Mall

Thank you, Kath and Azta for letting us Discover Ombre!

XO, Mish


19 December 2014

SkinWhite Launches The #BetterMe Campaign & Captivate Council—Batch 2

I believe that beauty is subjective as it varies from one person to another. But with the standards that is imposed by the media nowadays, the concept of beauty has become distinct. It is now limited to what we see in the television and magazines. Thus, anyone who differ from such standards can no longer be considered as beautiful and it contributes to the lessening of self esteem and confidence in most women. Such should not be the case because everyone has the right to become beautiful in their own way. It is through improving one's self confidence that the same could be addressed and fully achieved. In line with such issue, SkinWhite, the leading and pioneer skin whitening brand in the Philippines, launched the #BetterMe Campaign to give young Filipinas the tools they need to improve who they are—both inside and out.

After its initial launch in 2013, the #BetterMe movement has become even bigger and better! To help inspire even more teens, SkinWhite held a casting call to scout for the loveliest and most inspiring girls for the second batch of the Captivate Council. Approximately 500 aspiring teens from some of the most prestigious college campuses in the country auditioned, but only 25 girls were handpicked. The basis for making this prestigious cut? Their accomplishments at school and ability to inspire others with their go-getting, stay confident attitude.

Skin White Advanced Whitening products were introduced to help women achieve a better version of themselves!

During the event that was held at Makati, we were asked to make an artwork that would represent our #BetterMe mantra for the coming year. Since I couldn't draw, I just placed a quotation that I have come across recently, "Keep your head high, keep your heart strong." If I'm not mistaken, it is a part of a song. I consider that my mantra because sometimes all we need is courage. We should always go on and keep our head high no matter how hard the situation is. And we have to keep our heart strong so there would be acceptance of anything that might come our way.

Going back, throughout the four-month campaign, the members of the Captivate Council can look forward to magazine features, multi-media exposure, and lots of fun events like the #BetterMe Ball. “We also included outreach activities and fitness parties because when it comes to becoming a #BetterMe, you need a more holistic approach. We want the members of the SkinWhite’s Captivate Council to lead by example,” shares Liz Caceres, assistant brand manager for SkinWhite. “It’s not just about looking good on the outside, but feeling good and doing good, too SkinWhite, the leading and pioneer skin whitening brand in the Philippines, aims to give young Filipinas the tools they need to improve who they are—both inside and out—through the #BetterMe campaign

The beautiful ladies of the Captivate Council Batch 2

For November, it was all about teaching the Captivate Council to celebrate their own unique beauty. Each member was treated to a fashion and beauty makeover where they were taught how to enhance their own individual assets and body type. To look even more gorgeous during their makeover shoot, the girls prepped their skin from head to toe by trying out samples of the SkinWhite Power Whitening Face Cream Powder (to score a powdery fresh, white glow on their complexion) and SkinWhite Advanced Power Whitening Lotion (for instantly whiter, brighter skin upon application). “Being part of the Captivate Council helps me love myself more, says Chrissa Taleon, UST, 20. “I also noticed that my self-confidence has grown the more I use the SkinWhite products. [Both these factors] motivate me to share and inspire other people—especially young girls.”

“SkinWhite’s #BetterMe campaign inspires me a lot,” shares actress and SkinWhite ambassador, Kim Chiu. “It makes us girls look at the brighter side of life. I can now say I’m a #BetterMe [because of it.]”

These days, it’s easy for teens to become lost in social media drama or engulfed in their #fomo—fear of missing out. Through the #BetterMe campaign and the Captivate Council, we want to remind them of what really matters and allow them to develop their own inner confidence, so they can be kinder to themselves and others. “What’s amazing is that these girls also have a wide network within their respective circles. So even if their classmates and friends aren’t part of the council, they can still share what they’ve learned through the monthly activities we’ve arranged for them,” says Caceres. “It’s a great way to spread the #BetterMe image and help more teens become empowered.”

They say beauty transcends from within, that is, we can only be beautiful if we feel and believe so. And with this #BetterMe campaign, one could definitely get inspired and regain their confidence. There is indeed nothing more beautiful than a woman who is confident and happy.

For more information about the #BetterMe campaign of Skin White, visit their social media accounts:

XO, Mish



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