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

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:
Website: www.skinwhite.com.ph
Facebook: www.facebook.com/skinwhite
Twitter: www.twitter.com/skinwhiteph
Instagram: www.instagram.com/skinwhiteph

XO, Mish

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

14 December 2014

Discover Nutrissentials and Unleash the Natural Potential of Every Child with Promil Pre-school

Giving my son the best of things has been really difficult for me. Being a first time mom, I sometimes feel clueless on what is really appropriate for him. And being busy with school does not help with my situation as well. I just consider myself lucky that I have my family as a strong support system as regards providing for all of my little boy's needs.

I believe that there are no hard and fast rules as to what is best for one child cause each and everyone of them are unique. However, when it comes to our children's nutrition and physical well being, the same rules apply. It is still important that we stick to the basic guidelines in ensuring proper nutrition in our children. Luckily, I was able to receive an activity basket from Promil Pre-School to learn more about giving my son the proper basic nutrition with the help of Nutrissentials.

Recent studies show that 2 cups of milk is optimal for most preschoolers. It is one of the best sources of Vitamin D and Calcium because it is composed of 3 basic foundation nutrients – Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Fats. While these macronutrients are present in every glass of milk, the quality of the milk is not always the same. 

A good balance of high quality foundation nutrients are needed to unleash the natural potential of every child. The best way to decode the nutrition puzzle is to understand these basic nutrients.

Carbohydrates are energy-providing nutrients. They can also be separated into groups based on the Glycemic Index, which measures how high and how quickly blood glucose levels change after eating carbohydrates. For a healthy diet, it is best to focus on high-quality carbohydrates or foods with low Glycemic Index, including dairy products like milk. 

Proteins are the building blocks of cells. They make up the framework upon which all cells are built. High-quality or complete proteins contain all the indispensable amino acids in the appropriate amounts needed by humans. An excellent source of high-quality proteins is milk, whose major proteins are whey and casein, which are both excellent sources of all essential amino acids.

Contrary to popular belief, not all fats are bad for the body. Fats play an important role, helping the body maintain its core temperature, absorb nutrients, and provide an alternate source of energy when carbohydrates are not available. Fats can be classified into saturated fats and unsaturated fats. The healthier dietary fats are mostly unsaturated, which are further classified into Monosaturated fats, Polyunsaturated fats, and Omega-3 fatty acids.

Freeze Dried Crunchies contain high quality carbohydrates that are essential to help give body energy. California Almonds with Sea Salt are a good source of unsaturated fats that help lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure. Fruits & Nuts in Yogurt is rich in whey protein to help strengthen the muscle and enable new cells to develop.

Giving our children Nutrissentials has been made easy because they are the nutrients behind every glass of Promil Pre-School. Likewise, these snacks provided by Promil Pre-School contain the same nutrients that each glass of Promil Pre-School have. Promil Pre-School, trusted by generations, is formulated with Nutrissentials – high quality foundation nutrients such as unsaturated fats from plant-based oil, carbohydrates with lactose, and whey protein, which are sourced from the best of nature and strengthened by science. 

Today, Promil Pre-School also contains DHA Omega-3, AA Omega-6 and Lutein to help brain development and promote a healthy vision.

Help your child reach his full potential with proper guidance, proper care, and proper nutrition. Nurture the gift with Promil Pre-School.

XO, Mish

09 December 2014

Be a Lifesaver: Share the chance to Go Love Life with Sangobion

The Christmas season centers itself not only on the festivities that comes with it but also on giving. Nowadays, giving is not only limited to material things. We could give love, prayers, and other intangible things that mean so much more. However, it did not occur to me that we could share our healthy blood, a thing that is badly needed everyday.

Be a Lifesaver: Share the chance to Go Love Life with Sangobion

According to statistics, 1 out of 7 Filipinos who enter the hospital are in need of blood. That's about 2,000 to 2,500 units of blood needed daily. We all know that reliable blood supply is essential to health care practice, especially in treating diseases such as dengue and cancer. So there is a great demand for blood and yet not everyone gets to have access due to lack of supply.

Be a Lifesaver: Share the chance to Go Love Life with Sangobion

The Philippine Red Cross has been actively supporting different hospitals nationwide by providing 25-30% of the country's needs. But even then, the supply still doesn't reach the targeted amount. That is why Merck Inc. partnered with Philippine Red Cross to start a project that aims to help reach the blood requirements of the country. This program will be propagated by one of Merck's leading brands, Sangobion.

Be a Lifesaver: Share the chance to Go Love Life with Sangobion

With a shared vision, Sangobion and the Philippine Red Cross ran a blood drive called Be a Lifesaver. Together, they encourage women to extend their hand to other women and take the role of a lifesaver by simply donating their healthy blood.

Be a Lifesaver: Share the chance to Go Love Life with Sangobion

The Be a Lifesaver project is the fourth and last phase of the Sangobion's Go Love Life project - a campaign that aims to encourage women of today to take care of one's self, to change one's lifestyle so they can go and enjoy the life they love.  

Be a Lifesaver: Share the chance to Go Love Life with Sangobion

The Be a Lifesaver event was held last December 5 at SM City Fairview's Activity Center. It was hosted by events host, lifestyle blogger, and Sangobion brand ambassador, Patty Laurel-Filart. Another Sangobion brand ambassador, Kelly Misa-Fernandez, was likewise present during the event.

Be a Lifesaver: Share the chance to Go Love Life with Sangobion

During the event, Kelly discussed how Sangobion, the country's leading organic iron supplement, has personally helped her. Not only did it help her fight the signs of iron deficiency, she explained that it also helped her become more energized and healthy. Sangobion indeed helps women look, feel, and perform at their best by boosting iron and keeping their blood healthy.

Be a Lifesaver: Share the chance to Go Love Life with Sangobion

Singer Karylle likewise performed her latest single to entertain everyone during the event. Before the program ended, the people behind Merck Inc and Sangobion Go Love Life campaign expressed their appreciation for everyone who took part in the campaign and to those who shared their healthy blood in the Be a Lifesaver event. Before the day ended, there were 150 units of blood that was donated through this event alone. 

Be a Lifesaver: Share the chance to Go Love Life with Sangobion

Sangobion aims to show women the value of taking care of oneself better and why they should not lose focus on their own lives as they concentrate on their family and career through the various events that were held such as beauty blowout and fashion shows. And through the last part of the program, the Be a Lifesaver project, Sangobion aspires to empower women to make a positive difference not just in their own lives but in our society as well.

For more information about Sangobion and the Go Love Life campaign, visit www.facebook.com/SangobionGoLoveLife.

XO, Mish

07 December 2014

My Big Bossing Bloggers' Night

Normally when we think of the holiday season in general, it often refers to the festivities that comes with it such as Christmas parties, reunions, and other gatherings. However, here in the Philippines, the Christmas season also marks the commencement of the yearly Metro Manila Film Festival. And year in and year out, Vic Sotto never fails to come up with a winning entry to such event.

My Big Bossing Bloggers' Night

Last week, I was invited to the press conference of the MMFF collaboration entry of Octoarts Films, M-Zet TV Production and APT Entertainment - My Big Bossing. This event was specially held for entertainment and lifestyle bloggers, such as myself. With us during the event were some of the cast of the movie, particularly Bossing Vic Sotto, wonder child superstar Ryzza Mae Dizon, father and son tandem Nino and Alonzo Mulach, and Director Marlon Rivera.

My Big Bossing Bloggers' Night
Ryzza Mae during an interview
My Big Bossing Bloggers' Night
Alonzo eagerly posing for everyone

“My Big Bossing” consists of three episodes of fantasy and wonder, each with its own storyline. Episode 1 entitled “Sirena” is directed by Tony Y. Reyes, and features the talents of Wally Bayola, Manilyn Reynes, and Pauleen Luna. Episode 2 billed “Taktak,” directed by Marlon N. Rivera, is led Marian Rivera and Jose Manalo in the cast. Episode 3 called “Prinsesa” is directed by  Bb. Joyce Bernal, and puts Ryzza Mae Dizon in the spotlight alongside rising child star Alonzo Muhlach, the son of former child star NiƱo Muhlach, who will play the role of Alonzo’s dad in the movie as well.

My Big Bossing Bloggers' Night
Packed night at Guilly's Tomas Morato
My Big Bossing Bloggers' Night
Alonzo entertaining everyone with his dance moves

During the interview, Bossing Vic says that they have definitely gone bigger this year. My Big Bossing boasts of a big budget paired with the biggest stars and directors. He explains that it felt like they were making three separate movies, thus, the budget of the movie has gone threefold. Nevertheless, people can expect that this movie is three times as great as their previous movies. 

My Big Bossing Bloggers' Night
Ryzza Mae Dizon and Vic Sotto

Further, they incorporated a lesson for each episode of the movie making it perfect for kids and the whole family. During their meetings, Director Marlon explains that they picked out a certain moral value that would be highlighted for each episode. Bossing Vic further explained that they always take into consideration their audience. He says that determining factor if their movie is great is that would it be something that his grandchildren would watch. Otherwise, he would not give it a shot.

My Big Bossing Bloggers' Night
Nino Mulach and Alonzo Mulach

Lastly, Ryzza Mae and Alonzo were asked how was it like working with one another. Both of them agreed that it was fun and that they enjoyed their time together. Ryzza Mae added that it was difficult for her to choose which episode is her favorite because she enjoyed making all of them.

My Big Bossing Bloggers' Night

Anyway, here's the full trailer of the My Big Bossing:

My Big Bossing Bloggers' Night

If you are looking for a film that the whole family would surely enjoy and learn something from, better watch this biggest-budget entry in the MMFF race. “My Big Bossing” will be in theaters starting Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

Thank you Octoarts Films and Love and Light Productions for having me! :)

XO, Mish