28 December 2014

Posh Nails Whitening Manicure Powered by GlutaMAX Review



Posh Nails has indeed become one of the most popular nail salon here in the country as they now have 25 branches nationwide. And as a part of their expansion, they were likewise able to come up with new services that their clients will surely love - one of which is the Whitening Manicure powered by GlutaMAX.


I dropped by Posh Nails Tomas Morato a few weeks back to try out their Whitening Manicure. It was a Friday afternoon when I came to visit and I was relieved that there weren't too many people around. I guess the best time to visit their salon is before 4 pm because after that people just keep on coming in.  I love how dainty and pretty the interior of the nail salon looks like. Everything's pink and girly! The area appears spacious and could probably accommodate around 10 to 15 clients at one time. They also have quite a number of staff. 


The entire procedure of the Whitening Manicure powered by GlutaMAX lasted more than 1 hour. Please bear with me because I only have few photos of the procedure cause I was alone and my hands were being treated. :) Initially, I was given a cup of Nice Day Coffee White. This 5-in-1 coffee mix contains glutathione and collagen and is designed to lighten the skin, making it more radiant with continued intake. The glutathione also prevents the skin from producing melanin, keeping it lighter. Collagen, on the other hand, keeps the skin hydrated. I love how they incorporated this step into the manicure procedure to make whitening more holistic than limited to the nails.


Next, I was treated to a relaxing whitening scrub. It helps slough off dull skin to reveal the newer, brighter layer beneath, which has a more even complexion. I suggest you wear something that would reveal your arms so that they could properly apply the scrub in your arms. Good thing I was wearing a cami underneath my cover-up so I just removed the latter. The scrub lasted for around 5 to 10 minutes, concentrating on my elbows. 


After the scrub, my nails went through intensive cleaning. I am usually hesitant to have my nails manicured because my skin is prone to cuts and scarring. Thankfully, my hands were treated very well. Ms. Darling, the one who attended me at Posh Nails, was very careful in cleaning my nails. I love how my nails were shaped as well. The best thing about their cleaning was probably how sanitary it was since they use fresh tools only.


After the manicure, my nails were treated to Cuccio Sicilian Nail Whitening Paste, which is formulated for extreme cleansing and nail brightening. It thoroughly cleanses the nail beds, whitens free-edges, and is non-abrasive so that yellow stains can be brushed away and stains from dark polish, smoking, colored food and dye, and more can be removed.  The paste contains tea tree oil, which serves as a natural antiseptic. It actually looks like toothpaste lol! It was left on my nails for a few minutes before Ms. Darling brushed them with water and thereafter, washed the scrub off my arms.


Before the procedure ends, I was then treated to a nice hand and arm massage using the Whitening Lotion Powered by GlutaMAX. This advanced product made with premium skin lightening essentials brightens and smoothens out the skin, restoring its youthful vibrancy. It contains SPF 15, Vitamin B3, glutathione, and Algowhite, and it was carefully formulated by a dermatologist so that it would be both safe and effective. Aside from those perks, it will leave your arms smelling good!


Lastly, I was asked to choose from their wide range of imported polish to make my nails look perfect. I actually had a hard time picking out a color but I ended up with an red Orly polish which shade color I forgot lol. I sometimes can't appreciate how nice imported polishes are. But if this one would last me a few days longer than drugstore nail polish, then it is indeed worth the extra price.


There weren't any permanent whitening effect of the arms and nails that I have noticed from the procedure, but I guess availing of this service continuously would be able to give off such effect. There was instant brightening brought by the nail paste though. This procedure costs P600, which is quite pricey as compared to a regular manicure. However, if you want to be extremely pampered and relaxed, this service is worth every cent!

To learn more about this as well as other products and services offered by Posh Nails Hand and Foot Spa, visit www.PoshNails.com.ph. You can also like their page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/POSHNAILS.HandandFootSpa) and follow them on Twitter (@PoshNails_).

XO, Mish


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27 December 2014

Enjoy sweeter holiday season with Villa del Conte



This holiday season, let the people around you know how much you value them in a sweeter way. The premium artisanal chocolates from Italy, Villa del Conte, now offers delightful gift sets that can truly touch the hearts of your family, friends, and colleagues.

You can make your holiday greetings extra special with Villa del Conte chocolates sealed in a red and gold Christmas box. Each box contains 300grams of decadent praline balls with luscious cream fillings like hazelnut, macadamia, and caramel. Priced at P980, this sweet present is perfect for those who are truly close to your heart. 


You can also go for the Villa del Conte Minusculo box. This smaller box with a lovely ribbon design contains five pieces of praline balls priced at P280, or six pieces at P320.  


Designed to make someone happy in an instant is the Villa del Conte Christmas Crate. Each crate contains premium artisanal Villa del Conte chocolates from Italy and a bottle of wine. Available in three sizes: small (starts at P1,080), medium (starts at P2,580) and large (starts at P5,580), you are given the option to choose the particular wine and chocolate selection that you want to place inside the crate.  


To get these perfect presents for your loved ones, visit Villa Del Conte at Greenbelt 5, Century City Mall, Shangri-la Mall, Resorts World, Alabang Town Center, and Robinson’s Magnolia. For bulk orders, please contact 893-2575 or 621-6101.

Go to http://www.villadelcontecioccolato.com/ to know more about Villa del Conte, or follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VillaDelContePh, Instagram: http://instagram.com/villadelconte, and Twitter: https://twitter.com/VilladelConte.

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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


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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


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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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18 December 2014

Get that Girly Prom Queen Look with Pink Prom Dresses



The best thing about going to proms and other formal occasions is that you could channel out the girly version of yourself without any hesitations. It is the perfect time to go all out with your makeup, accessories, shoes, and dress. And getting dolled up is sometimes one of the nicest experiences a simple girl could go through. It also helps us boost our self-confidence and makes us believe in ourselves more. 


With that said, to help us achieve a look that is more feminine and girly that would surely help us gain confidence in ourselves, it is perfect to don a pink prom dress. It is generally a safe color. It is not as bold as red or yellow, but it is not as typical as black and white either. But when paired with the proper accessories and shoes, this dress will surely make one fit to be the prom queen. What I love about pink prom dresses is that they look good on anyone. This color seems to complement anyone whatever your skin tone might be. 


It is nice to hear that pink prom dresses now comes in various shades. There are pastel pinks and old rose shades that are perfect for that extremely girly look. On the other hand, there are bright pinks and fuchsias that are perfect for exuding that fun and outgoing look. Lastly, there are dark pinks and purplish pink shades that are perfect for achieving a more elegant look.


The downside of wearing pink prom dresses is that this color is a popular choice. Meaning, it is most likely that there are a number of ladies who would choose the same color. However, I believe that there is always a remedy to this. One should then be wearing a unique dress with intricate details that would definitely stand out despite having the same color with everyone else. I believe that it is in the details of the dress that makes it one of a kind.


Luckily, there are now available dresses online that would be perfect for coming up with that one of a kind pink prom dress. In Pickedresses.com, there are tons of dresses to choose from. With various styles and shades of pink available, you will surely never run out of options and there will always be one dress that would be perfect in achieving that girly prom queen look. For more details and other designs, visit Pickedresses.com.

XO, Mish


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17 December 2014

Details and Embellishments to Make your Evening Dress Stand Out



Details and embellishments in an evening dress play a huge part in making it seem like a one of a kind creation. Aside from the color and cut of the dress, it is one of the aspects of such dress that people would first notice. Thus, it is important that we pay attention to these details. Here are some specific details and embellishments embodied in the latest sexy evening dresses online that would help you stand out from the rest of the crowd:

1. Embroidery
If you are going for an elegant look, a dress with a nice embroidery on it will help you achieve such. What I love about embroidery is that it will help you come up a unique look without trying too hard. It is likewise very safe for extremely formal ceremonies. It is not sparkly so it does not attract too much attention, but the detail in dress will surely make everyone turn their heads to have a second look.

2. Lace
Lace is perfect for donning a sophisticated look. If there is any fashion trend as regards evening dresses that will never go out of style, it would definitely be lace! Depending on how it is materialized in the dress, it could help exude a sexy look with a full body lace detail or an elegant one by placing the lace in specific parts of the body.

3. Sequins
For someone who is bold and not afraid to go all-out, sequins is perfect for you. This shiny detail would definitely help you get everyone’s attention without any effort. However, this kind of evening dress should be avoided in extremely formal gatherings. If possible, wear long evening dresses instead of short cocktail dresses with sequins for a classier vibe.

4. Beading
Beading has been part of most of the dresses I have seen online. However, this one is definitely the most complicated to make among the embellishments mentioned in this post. But with a unique design, a dress could definitely become an amazing artwork worth looking at.

Standing out from the rest of the crowd and looking for that discount sexy evening dresses has been made easy with Weddingshe.com.  For more designs, visit http://www.weddingshe.com/list/Evening-Dresses-14354/.

XO, Mish


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15 December 2014

Robby Rabbit Model for a Day with #TeamKramer Kids



Being a 90s kid, I have been acquainted really well with the brand Robby Rabbit. I vividly remember it as a brand that carries school bags among others. And when I was in grade school, you are considered a "cool kid" if you have one of those Robby Rabbit stroller bags. Almost two decades after I was first acquainted with Robby Rabbit, I find it amusing that they now carry trendy yet age-appropriate children's clothes as well, among other merchandises. It is nice to know that there are still brands that our parents trusted when we were young that we could now share with our own children.

Robby Rabbit Model for a Day with #TeamKramer Kids

Robby Rabbit has indeed become bigger and more fun as they welcome their new brand ambassadors, the Team Kramer Kids. Kendra, Scarlett, and Gavin are indeed the perfect kids to represent Robby Rabbit because they all have different styles and tastes despite being brothers and sisters which goes well with the diverse collection of Robby Rabbit.

Robby Rabbit Model for a Day with #TeamKramer Kids
Robby Rabbit Model for a Day with #TeamKramer Kids

During an event held at SM City Fairview last week, Robby Rabbit held a short promotion wherein a minimum single receipt purchase of 800 pesos worth of Robby Rabbit Apparel can give kids an opportunity to be a Robby Rabbit model for a day and ramp the runway. The kids who joined also enjoyed fancy Robby Rabbit glitter art, and had a Robby-tastic photo session with the one and only Robby Rabbit mascot.

Robby Rabbit Model for a Day with #TeamKramer Kids
Kendra and Scarlett modeling their Robby Rabbit clothes

To top it all off, these kiddie models were also invited for the afternoon show, wherein they got to watch a fashion show featuring Team Kramer Kids and showcased Robby Rabbit's 2014 Holiday collection entitled "Like it, Wear it, Love it!

Robby Rabbit Model for a Day with #TeamKramer Kids
Robby Rabbit executives welcoming the Team Kramer Kids as their newest brand ambassadors by giving them these huggable Robby Rabbit toys

For this holiday collection, they have taken Paris as their design inspiration or theme for the girls' and London for the boys' collection. These clothes combine both style and comfort for the young fashionistas and active kids out there.

Scarlett's Top Picks - CASUAL FASHIONISTA
Robby Rabbit Model for a Day with #TeamKramer Kids
Gavin's Top Picks - COOL and STYLISH
Robby Rabbit Model for a Day with #TeamKramer Kids
Kendra's Top Picks - FASHION DIVA

During an interview, Cheska Garcia-Kramer shared that they are fortunate to have been invited by Robby Rabbit to represent them because their collection fits the various styles and personalities of her kids. She likewise shared that apart from the style of Robby Rabbit's clothes, she and husband, Doug Kramer, are impressed with the quality and comfort of Robby Rabbit clothes which is of international standards.

Robby Rabbit Model for a Day with #TeamKramer Kids

Cheska further shared that Robby Rabbit picked out the clothes that Kendra, Scarlett, and Gavin chose and came up with Kendra's, Scarlett's, and Gavin's top picks. These picks were included in their 2014 Holiday Collection. As for Kendra, she expressed that she loves Robby Rabbit apparel which fits her ultimate fashion diva style.


Robby Rabbit Model for a Day with #TeamKramer Kids

Robby Rabbit is available in all leading department stores nationwide. For more information, please like: Myrobbyrabbit on Facebook.

XO, Mish


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