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Maternity Shoot: Dazzling Mom Shaine

May 24, 2017
My first post after giving birth is to share with you guys the first makeup booking I accepted after giving birth, two months post-partum. It was bittersweet leaving my baby girl for a couple of hours as I missed her terribly (and worried for no reason) but at the same time got really excited to be part of the universe again! I was ecstatic that my first job would be for Shaine's maternity shoot. She had our shoot at 35 weeks pregnant, just like I did last January. Besides all the pregnancy and mommy talks, what made the shoot more fun was working with the creative team of Boudoir Dolls lead by Madoka Tomas & the ever talented Jeff Galang. In the end, I was grateful I forced myself to get back to working and not have missed this shoot. 

Photography by Boudoir Dolls
Styling by Jeff Galang
Makeup by Dior Co
Hairstyling by Jeri Sebastian


Strip Mama

February 18, 2017
I can't believe we've entered our ninth month into this pregnancy! And that means preparations, preparations, preparations for the coming of our baby AND the dreaded labor! I honestly don't know what to expect when I deliver, but I sure am going to prepare for it. One of the priorities I've listed is an appointment with Strip Manila to clean me up 'down there' in preparation for labor.

I've been drying to try Strip's limited edition Mulled Wine Wax since it debuted last year December. Following the same well-loved formula that Strip has been known for, the premium Mulled Wine Wax is perfect for those who are thinking of getting Brazilian or Boyzilian for the first time or for those who have sensitive skin (which pregnancy does to you!) Infused with the warm and festive scent of red wine, orange, cloves, and cinnamon, it's still is packed with the healing effects of aloe vera and chamomile. Just what an uncomfortable mama in her third trimester needs! 

Why did I choose to get striped in Strip? One, because of their no doubling dipping policy, which I think we all agree should be the standard. And two, because their waxes are known for significantly reducing any discomfort that is often associated with waxing, making it ideal for use on sensitive areas. And true enough, though not pain-free, the gentle touch of their highly-trained therapist made this process tolerable for me. It took me fifteen minutes to finish my session. I must say, I feel so much more confident to rush into the delivery room knowing the hospital staff won't need to use a razor on my lady parts anymore. I wouldn't want to worry about ingrown hair while recovering and taking care of a newborn!

With these cute pillow talkers, your uncertainties will diminish the moment you enter the room. 

I got the Strip Mama package — a special promotion of three brazilian sessions for pregnant women. Or you may also want to try one session of Mulled Wine Wax or any of their wax services first. 

STRIP currently has three locations in the Philippines, including Serendra, Greenbelt 5 and Mega Fashion Hall. For more information, you may visit their website.


Wild About Personalized Body Butters

December 2, 2016
Available for a limited time only, The Body Shop is offering us free personalization of their best-selling body butters! I had the chance to avail of this service first-hand at their Christmas booth in Mall of Asia last Wednesday and I tell you, it's hard not to get carried away and get a body butter for all my scent-loving girl friends!

For every purchase of 200ml of 400ml of body butter, they'll print a personalized label for you. How?

1. Pick a scent or flavor of butter butter.
You can choose your favorite scent from their regular offerings or from the 2016 holiday scents Spiced Apple, Frosted Berries and Vanilla Chia.

2. Choose a wild animal for your design.
Flamingo, Deer, Tiger or Panda?

3. Type in whatever text you want on your label.

And voila! It won't even take a minute.

Not only am I excited about these personalized body butters, but also other Christmas gift ideas from The Body Shop for this year. Their Holiday gift boxes are also now available in all their branches that saves us some bucks and lets us skip the hassle of gift wrapping.

For your makeup addict friends, The Body Shop has new shades of covetable matte lip liquid & lipsticks, eyeshadow sticks and neutral tones of eyeshadows that can be customized in different palette sizes.

And while you're shopping, know that you are already giving a gift to the environment too. One square meter of rainforest is being saved for every one specially selected gift.

Follow @thebodyshopph on Instagram or /TheBodyShopPhilippines to get a live update as to where their Christmas booth is headed next to get hold of your own personalized body butters!

With the ever hard-working and talented Emily Sia, who jumpstarted all the buzz for The Body Shop we've been hearing lately!

As for me, I have a new tub of Frosted Berries on my bedside table.

...and a new set of makeup for my pro makeup kit that'll be used on my brides this busy December.

Crete Carnation, Osaka Plum, Cyprus Bronze and Down To Earth Palette


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