Monday, June 30, 2014

Makeup of The Day (Simple Everyday Look)

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MOTD time! Let me share with you the products I used to achieve this really simple look suitable for everyday!

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1. You can use whatever primer you want, I started by using a new foundation I recently got from Catrice Cosmetics--All Matt Plus Shine Control Makeup P499.00—mattifying, long lasting, oil free, I chose the shade 020 Nude Beige which has a yellow undertone and I definitely love how it matched my skin tone perfectly! I got it from SM MANILA DEPT. STORE, not bad for a good quality foundation! Made in Poland. I also super adore its glass container. Watch out for the video on this soon!

2. For my undereyes, I used the Catrice Camouflage Cream P229.00—I got the shade 010 Ivory. This is a concealer cream with full coverage. Its consistency is very, very thick!!! I can’t wait to do a review on this. You can find this also at SM CITY MANILA, Department Store.

3. I set the Catrice Camouflage Cream with the Maybelline Shine Free Powder Foundation P200+—just a little bit! Apparently, Maybelline improved its formulation! It’s one of my favorite powder foundations ever. It keeps everything matte for a long time.

4. For the brows I used my MUA Pro Brow Ultimate Eyebrow Kit P400.00 from Makeup Hub. Order here.

5. The eyeshadows I used- Rucy’s Vanity Quad P200.00. I love how pigmented they are! The colors obviously show, and I didn’t even use eye primer! I applied the pearl color on the brow bone, the peachy color on the center lids, and the brown shade on the crease area + the outer lower lashline. I added the pearl color on the inner half of the lower lash line as well for highlight.

6. I lined my eyes using the K-Palette Real Lasting Liner P795.00

7. The lashes I used are from Dolly Wink (they’re now in the Philippines!) I used an authentic pair—I could tell, because the packaging was sealed SHUT! Check them out, click this to be directed to their FB page! Find them on Instagram, too: http://instagram.com/dollywinkphilippines

8. For the contour and blush, I used my Urban Decay Flushed Palette. I got this as a gift from Jerome!! Thank you Jerome! http://www.youtube.com/ohitsrome

9. My lip color is called QUTE PINK from Rucy’s Vanity. Only P150.00!

The brush set I used is the Beauty Cosmetics Brush Set (Say Collection) *discontinued* new design coming soon!

Hope you enjoyed this post! Leave comments and be the FIRST Commenter of the Month Winner! :)

NO MAKEUP & PROUD! - NEW: Skin Care Routine *First Impression*

Hey everyone! I’m back from a long, tiring day of non-stop filming for my channel and couldn’t wait until tomorrow to post about my NEWEST skin care routine + my first impressions about it! So here I am! Get ready to find out all the juicy details about this routine!

Do you remember the day I posted this photo on Instagram? This was taken on June 05, 2014. A day after my first treatment using the Galvanic Spa II (June 04, 2014). Also, by ‘treatment’ I meant AT HOME, believe it or not! 10386852_772006992830815_5159043246589757864_n

WHAT IS THE GALVANIC SPA II?

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This device is basically a “wrinkle iron” for people ages:

  • 40 y/o and above – this device can improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in as little as 10 minutes (1 treatment) Don’t believe it? Perhaps Nicole Kidman’s testimonial would make you! http://www.nuskin.com/galvanic/media.html
  • 20-30 yrs old – people my age, this devise will dramatically improve your skin quality! It definitely did do just that on my skin! It actually makes your skin more susceptible to the ingredients of the products that you use. So whatever good ingredients present in your products, it magnifies that, and if it has bad ingredients, it magnifies that also.

There are two steps to use the galvanic spa:

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(1) The white gel- the galvanic spa binds all the excess dirt that is cannot be washed away by regular face wash.

(2) The blue gel- the galvanic spa takes away the dirt all together.

In the three step skin care regimen: Cleanse- Tone- Moisturize, you use the galvanic spa AFTER cleansing, BEFORE toning. You do it max twice a week, with two days interval. The whole treatment lasts for 10 minutes only!

I did a VIDEO on how I use this product, so stay tuned for that!
Let me first show you the steps I take with my new skin care routine.

These are the products involved, what they do, and my first impressions on each:

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  • NuSkin Pure Cleansing Gel (Combination to Oily Skin)—P1,100.00; contains papaya enzyme to free pores of oil, dead cells, and makeup. Clearing the way for clean, refined, healthier looking skin.
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This cleanser lathers really well on the skin and I actually noticed how brighter my skin looks after washing my face! I also love the smell of this product.

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After cleansing, I INSERT the use of my Galvanic Spa II (P21,500.00). Using the Pre-treatment Gel first, then move on to the Treatment Gel.

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After using the Galvanic Treatment Gel + rinsing off excess gel with water.

We move on to toning!

  • NuSkin pH Balance Mattefying Toner (Combination to Oily Skin)—P1,050.00; contains strawberry extract rich in polyphenols to tighten and refine pores. Oil absorbing mineral powder provides an instant matte finish and controls shine.

I like that this toner DOESN’T STING AT ALL. It definitely left my skin matte and soft. I think this is should be a staple in every girl’s skincare routine (those with combo-oily skin type!)

  • NuSkin Enhancer Skin Conditioning Gel—P1,130.00; with conditional panthenol & soothing aloe vera, Enhancer soothes the skin and prevents moisture loss *acts as a moisturizer

Oh the ever so cooling moisturizer! This actually looks like pure aloe vera. It’s super cooling on the face! I did feel a bit of stinging on the area above my lips, but it subsided after a few hours. This is great for bringing back moisture to the face.

  • NuSkin Celltrex Ultra Recovery Fluid—P2,800.00; “health insurance for your skin”, with olive oil polyphenols protects at the cellular level to keep skin looking supple and firm

MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITEEE!!! I don’t know why I never knew of this product until now. This is expensive FOR A REASON. It gives you the benefits that you paid for! Health Insurance for your skin, indeed! I let this fluid soak up my skin and retired to bed.

THE MORNING AFTER… I think this is the part where you see most of the IMMEDIATE results.

P.S. NO EDITING WAS DONE. THESE ARE RAW PHOTOS.

I literally took these photos the moment I woke up (and tied my hair):

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Do you see how clear my skin got?

Look how supple it is! If only you could touch my face, you would know how soft it is, as well!

If you notice the little pimple/wound on my forehead, it healed (compared to the first photo shown-photo after cleansing the face)

I don’t know about you, but I think I’m going to stick to this regimen for as long as I can. ESPECIALLY because I am all about makeup. And as we all know makeup makes the skin dull (after a long time use; WITHOUT a proper skincare routine)

I’ll be back after a few more weeks to update you guys about my progress!

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We will personally confirm your orders via text/call.

*Beware of scammers, there are a lot out there! Get these products from trusted sellers (Makeup by Say)

Hope you enjoyed reading!!!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

How to Be A Commenter of the Month? (MONTHLY GIVEAWAYS!)

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Who’s up for monthly giveaways?!

I’m sure everyone is! We are officially launching the COMMENTER OF THE MONTH feature of www.saytiocoartillero.blogspot.com, my lifestyle and beauty blog since 2010!

How this works is (1) lucky commenter will be chosen every end of the month and he/she will receive a beauty loot bag from our generous sponsors!

All you need to do is leave comments on any post on this blog. Share your thoughts! :)

We will officially announce the first winner at the END OF JULY 2014.

Comment away, lovelies! This blog shall be updated regularly.

How To Whiten Teeth After Braces?

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After posting my ALL ABOUT MY BRACES post, people have been asking me how I got my teeth whiter especially after getting the braces off. Here are the things I did the natural way!

  • My dentist definitely did a great job buffing and smoothening out the surfaces of my teeth after removing the brackets, and I feel that this buffing session affected with the whitening of my teeth. She did not use bleach or anything! Just plain ‘ol buffing!
  • I use straw when drinking beverages such as coke, juices…etc. I think this helps because this way, you won’t stain your teeth! Caffeine is one of the causes of stains on teeth, so limit your caffeine intake.
  • I don’t smoke! Smoking makes your teeth yellow and your lips darker!!! And not to mention, your breath smell. Always practice good hygiene if ever you do smoke. Limit use or do not smoke at all.
  • I don’t use any special whitening agent, I usually use Colgate, Close-up, & Pepsodent for my toothpaste. I’ve tried using Crest, albeit with the use of this brand, you have to be consistent to see results.
  • Brush in between meals and use oral antiseptic to keep germs away! Build up of germs/plaque eventually makes your teeth look yellow. Hygiene is key!

There you have it, my tips on keeping your teeth white NATURALLY! :)

Makeup Workshop with Joyce and Say: Affordable Series!

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You asked for it! We are bringing back the affordable makeup workshop series!

We just opened the first schedule on July 12, 2014 (Saturday) to be held at Go Hotels Otis Manila Function Room 2:30-5:00PM. Only (20) slots available. As of June 28, 2014 4:36PM ALL SLOTS ARE TAKEN.

All the participants who signed in will get the following:

  • learn the basics of makeup application: focusing on achieving an Everyday Makeup Look
  • get a brow makeover by Joyce and Say
  • full sized makeup products in their loot bags (final list of products to be posted next week)
  • handouts

We are excited to meet everyone!

For all those who didn’t get it, kindly stay tuned for the next batch as we will be opening another session. We look forward to meeting all of you!

Korean Food Overload (June 21 VLOG)

Mark took me to this Korean restaurant near his college in Dasmariñas called Juol Kyeo Chat Gi and we experienced AUTHENTIC KOREAN GOODNESS!!! Emphasis on the word ‘authentic’ too!

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I have been a long time fan of Korean food and this was the day I experienced it in its glory. When I first entered the restaurant, the owner, whose name we later found out was Sara Kim, talked to me in Korean thinking I was a Korean!!! How cute is that?! Hahaha :)

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We ordered bestsellers like this BIBIMBAP right here!!! I expected meat to be in it, but it didn’t have any! It was all seaweed and a mix of veggies!

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Guess who mixed it for me? Sara Kim! She told us to put in more sauce! Ahhh you’ll hear in the vlog how cute she was!

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That plate in the middle of the table = ricecakes mixed with odeng (fish cakes) Oh gosh, the goodness of all these food!

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This is what the bibimbap looked like after mixing! YUMMY!

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Mark also ordered CHEESE RAMEON which was OUT OF THIS WORLD, I swear. It was amazing.

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We took a photo with Sara Kim, of course! Hehe. One of the BEST KOREAN PLACES I’ve dined in! We also had ice cream afterwards!

Watch this vlog to see all the action and yumminess! ENJOY!

I KILLED IT! (June18-20, 2014 VLOG)

Good morning everyone!

I just uploaded a new vlog for you to watch!

Highlights in this vlog:

  • myself, accidentally killing a lizard. :( it got caught in my car window and I' didn’t notice!!! Sorry lizard. RIP. :(
  • see me pre & post makeup application! I’ve been liking wearing just brown eyeshadow, but throughout the vlog I noticed how dark it looks…
  • the TRESemme-Watsons Hair Affair! My article is featured here: www.beautybook.ph/tresemme-watsons-hair-affair
  • eating out in MEXICALI and saying the wrong word!!! *japaleño lol!!

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ENJOY THE VLOG!

DAVAO Basic and Advanced Makeup Workshop

We had a blast during our recent trip in Davao City where we conducted our second out of town Basic and Advanced Makeup Workshop with yours truly, and professional makeup artist, Joyce Sola!

The venue was held at the Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao City.

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Here is a ‘class photo’ with all the beautiful Davaoeñas who joined us! They all took home a bunch of makeup products from our sponsors Makeup Hub, Beauty Cosmetics, MakeupHOLICS, BeautyHD Airbrush, Godiva, Carmenclaire, and Ellana Minerals.

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Everyone learned about the basics of skincare and makeup application as well as advanced tips and tricks from our resident professional and international makeup artist, Joyce Sola. Joyce studied Personal Beauty and Fashion Makeup at the Makeup Design Academy back in 2011 and studied Airbrush and Special Effects Makeup at the 1939 Art Academy in Singapore last 2013. All the tips Joyce shared with the participants will surely come in handy! Thank you so much Joyce for imparting your knowledge to our fellow makeup enthusiasts! We all learned a lot from you. :)

You can check out Joyce’s Facebook Page here: http://on.fb.me/1sKRJAO Get updates with her latest videos by click this link - http://bit.ly/1lxaymh, yes you read that right! Joyce also does Youtube beauty videos and vlogs as well. Also, just recently, Joyce opened her very own beauty studio in the heart of Manila! You may book your appointment and visit her at the Candyloveart Studio located at Room 809 KB Arizona Tower P. Campa Street Sampaloc Manila (near UST and St. Tomas Square)

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Davaoeñas are really fun to be with. They are very eager to learn and are very interactive! All of them were so beautiful! We are so glad they all liked the items in their goody bags!

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We all enjoyed taking selfies together after the workshop!

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Two of my good friends, Davao Youtubers, Karla Misa and Jo Lim :)

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Of course, this post won’t be complete without the SUPER FUN VLOGS WE FILMED!!! Get your popcorns, and finish all 5 videos, my darlings! Enjoy!

Till the next out of town makeup workshop :)

JOYCE’S VLOG - http://bit.ly/1wQcaeb *I can’t embed this on my post since Blogger has limited the embedding [of videos] to only the user’s own videos. Click the link to watch it! I swear, it’s super fun!

This one’s the video Joyce and I made together. What’s in our travel makeup bags?

Day 1 vlog. Our arrival in Davao and the many many fun things that happened during our first day!

Day 2 vlog. Watch what happened during the workshop, and more fun things we did before and after working!

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

My sister Iza, for flying with us and being an awesome photographer! She took all the photos you’re seeing on this post. :) If you want an event covered by her, you may reach her thru 09179870285.

Joyce Sola, for being a wonderful partner! You are an angel Joyce! You know that :D

Friday, June 27, 2014

ALL-OUT PROMO! Perfect Eyeliner & Eyelashes + A PASS to the Affordable Makeup Workshop

“Magsa-sign up pa lang ako, ubos na ang slots.”

This line is usually my feedback from people who never got the chance to get a slot from our recent Summer Basic Makeup Workshop priced at only PHP500.00. We are now offering ways on how you can score a SURE seat to the next AFFORDABLE BASIC MAKEUP WORKSHOP instantly!

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  • Purchase a slot to the Perfect Eyeliner and Eyelashes Special Makeup Workshop WITH A FRIEND! Scheduled on July 06, 2014.
    • PAY ONLY Php1,550.00  each (Eyeliner+Eyelashes Workshop) *regular price P1,750.00, you save P200.00 - You will get 3 full size makeup products, notes, and a certificate!
    • PAY ONLY P400.00 each for the Affordable Basic Makeup Workshop *priced at P1,000.00, you save P600.00 - You get (2) full size makeup items at the Affordable Makeup Workshop on July 19, 2014.

In total, you and your friend will get 5 FULL SIZE makeup products for only the price of PHPP1,950.00!

You also get a SURE SEAT for the JULY 19 Affordable Makeup Workshop with myself and Joyce Sola!

We only have LIMITED SLOTS remaining, so contact 09179870285 NOW and get your slots to the two workshops this July 2014!

Text format:

(NAME) (NAME OF FRIEND) (CONTACT #) (EYELINER+AFFORDABLE WORKSHOP) to 09179870285

Payment only until June 30,2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

What To Buy for the “Girlie Girl” Who Has Everything

I know that men are infamously difficult to buy for, giving us girls a real headache when it comes to birthdays, Christmas and those little surprise gifts which mean so much, but have you ever stopped to think for a moment about when the tables are turned? Okay, so many women don’t know the difference between a socket set and a torque wrench – even though their other half is a real petrol head and gets excited about filling up his tool set.

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For many girls, their makeup case is their tool set – but how are the boys supposed to go about helping with the collection? The majority of men wouldn’t know where to start choosing the right shade of lipstick to perfectly match your complexion, hair, favorite clothes and make your teeth appear pearly white, or the first thing about eyelash curlers or bronzers; but there are still many useful things which boys can safely buy as gifts to help their partners maintain a beautiful, polished look.

A makeup brush set can make a world of difference to the application and appearance of your makeup. Although these brushes don’t have to be expensive they do have to be good quality and they do have to be clean. It is important to keep your makeup brushes clean, dirt and bacteria free for many reasons and a nice, new brush set can really help lift a girl almost as much as a new shade of nail polish. It’s important that all makeup brushes are washed regularly and never, ever shared with friends – bacteria and infections can so easily be spread in this way.

Makeup bags are another “safe area” for boys to buy. Even if they don’t know the first thing about eye shadow powders and crèmes they know your basic tastes right. They ought to know whether you are a silky, flowery, flouncy and delicate sort of girl or somebody who prefers bold, bright or even neon color blocks so that’s a start. Even a small makeup bag can come in useful for the girl with a suitcase full of cosmetic products – every girl on the go needs to carry a small selection of items with her at all times – right?

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An airbrush kit is quickly becoming the “must have” cosmetic accessory for any girl who takes her appearance seriously. These marvelous creations have been hidden away far too long by professional makeup artists and beauticians! Everybody can use them at home with just a little practice so an airbrush kit would make the perfect birthday, Christmas or anniversary gift – many of them come in well below $100. This may be a little expensive to tag onto a monthly makeup budget but it certainly won’t break the bank for a gift on those special occasions.

Nail art is another extremely popular makeup craze with many people now achieving truly outstanding results. There are some fabulous nail art kits available for sale which even the people without a smattering of makeup “know how” can buy as gifts – many women at home can achieve results of a truly professional standard with just a little practice.

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As you can see there are plenty of gifts which men can buy for their partners to help with their beauty regime and makeup preferences without knowing the difference between blush, bronze and eye lash curlers.

There are lots of great cosmetic products at http://thesalonoutlet.com. It’s bursting with ideas.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

ALL ABOUT MY BRACES!

Hello everyone!

If there is one highly requested video/blog post from most of you, it would have to be my journey with braces. I get to sit down tonight and give you all the details about my case, how long it lasted, and basically everything about my experience with braces.

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Circa 2008-2009. This was the oldest photo I could find showing my teeth pre-braces stage. My bottom teeth have always been straight from the beginning, but my left and right canine (Filipino term: sungki) were very prominent and caused my other teeth to move/overlap. Using the photo below as reference, it came to a point when my right canine kept pushing my lateral incisor inward. I found it so unattractive that I knew I had to get it done.

Also considering my online job, which is making videos through Youtube and meeting a lot of people through events and such, I just KNEW this was the best investment I could ever make for my career.

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Thanks to my YouTube job, I was able to pay for my own braces back in SEPTEMBER 2012. It was actually an impulse move on my part. I only visited the dentist to get an opinion and an estimate on the cost of the braces, but I ended up going home with metals in my mouth!

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My first photo with my braces on!

Here’s something fun to read:

September 26, 2012 (Day 1: Installation)

First dental appointment. New dentist. (Dra. Rue & Lassyl Galao – 1462 G. Tuazon Street, Sampaloc Manila)

I went to get a dental check-up at around 2:30PM. I had plans with my friend April that night and I thought, “Oh, this wouldn’t take long, it’s only a check-up.” I got my teeth structure (or whatever it is called) molded.

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Dra. Lassyl examined everything and told me my case isn’t that bad. I didn’t need any extraction as I have spaces at the back of my upper teeth (she had a dental term for that but obviously, my brain wasn’t able to remember it all) We talked about the terms of payments and the date I wanted to get my braces installed. I initially said “next week”. I chose conventional braces for PHP25,000 (up & down).

Dra. Rue (Dra. Lassy’s mom arrived) and took a look at my case, as well. She asked me if I wanted to get the braces installed that day. I was like, really??? Right now? WITHOUT EVEN THINKING ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES, I IMPULSIVELY SAID YES.

Oh man, I didn’t know what I was in for.

All I could remember was seeing myself with a perfect set of aligned teeth. (I don’t really have any problems with my lower set, I have overcrowding teeth on my upper set, though).

We first took photos for the “before” shots. I still don’t have them, but I’ll totally add them in here when I get them next week.

After the photo-taking, Dra. Lassyl did some tooth filling first. And then came the installment of my braces.

“BRACES”—sounds mighty evil, doesn’t it? You’ll know why if you keep on reading…

First thought upon finishing with the installment? “HOLYYYYYYY CRAP. MY MOUTH IS HUGE.”

I felt like the little girl from FINDING NEMO. I looked like a dork, and I COULDN’T SPEAK PROPERLY.

NO PAIN AT ALL. (LET’S GIVE EMPHASIS TO THIS.) I was overjoyed. Damn, I don’t feel pain baby!

Dra. Rue gave me wax (apparently for the braces—I didn’t think I would need them coz I didn’t feel pain at all.) I got a new orthodontic brush (a toothbrush for people with braces), my molder “BEFORE” set of teeth, and a prescription! Dra. Rue told me I would feel pain the next afternoon. I was quite skeptical.

I bid them goodbye and went out to meet April. I was still able to eat a bit properly that night, albeit feeling a little “BRACED”. No PAIN, STILL. After dinner, we went out partying. I felt NO PAIN AT ALL.

I was still able to smile like this:

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Level of pain: 0 out of 5

SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 (DAY 2)

GOOD MORNING, BRACED LINDSAY!

Woke up slightly feeling weirdness (in my mouth) Slight pain, yes. I noticed how my braces SCRAPED THE INNER PARTS OF MY MOUTH. No pus, no sores, just straight up SCRAPED SURFACES.

I did not mind. I told myself, this would go away. I had COFFEE for breakfast. And I made soup, too! That was all I could eat. Biting was difficult already. I felt a little scared.

AFTERNOON CAME & MY MOUTH JUST SUDDENLY DECIDED TO SHUT DOWN. I WAS IN PAIN. It felt like ALL MY TEETH WERE GONNA FALL OFF. I drank my  pain-killer. The ones that Dra. Rue prescribed.

I DIDN’T TALK THE WHOLE DAY. MY MOUTH WAS JUST SHUT.

Level of pain: 2 out of 5

SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 (Day 3)

I learned how to use my dental wax. I STUFFED MY MOUTH WITH THEM. They prevented the devil braces from scraping the inner parts of my mouth even more.

Slight discomfort felt, but the wax kept me sane.

I had soup soup soup.

I was able to edit videos and blog a few posts.

Level of pain: 2 out of 5

SEPTEMBER 29, 2012 (Day 4)

2 hours of sleep because I had a lot to do today (yes, today is the 29th) I attended a ribbon cutting ceremony in Bulacan in the morning. My mouth felt SO FREAKIN’ BIG. I had a difficult time pronouncing words and even talking to people. Damn, I was like, what the heck is happening to my mouth…

After the ribbon cutting I went straight to the UAAP game for the shooting of the Silverworks Courtside Charmer. I kept re-applying my lip balm because my lips felt SO DRY and CRACKY.

Filming with Silverworks was el horible. 10 seconds of FAKE ASS SMILING BECAUSE MY BRACES WERE IN THE WAY. I haven’t seen the replay yet, it’s gonna air tomorrow night 7PM Balls Channel, contrary to what I announced which is today at 8PM—scratch that, watch tomorrow at 7PM. First quarter of the ADMU-DLSU game. You will SEE how awkward my smile was. My sister’s boyfriend said I was like smirking.  -_-

I didn’t have any lunch. I couldn’t eat anything. I just drank Gatorade and milktea to somehow fill my tummy with SOMETHING because I honestly felt like fainting. I MISS FOOD WTF.

MY MOUTH BLEW UP BY 2PM. MY MOUTH SWELLED. I DID NOT TALK THAT MUCH TODAY. I JUST KNEW MY MOUTH WAS BECOMING MORE AND MORE AND MORE PAINFUL.

I SKIPPED 2 OF MY LAST CLASSES TODAY BECAUSE I COULDN’T TAKE THE PAIN. I just HAD TO GO HOME.

My mom made me soup and sausages (the soft kind) I ate and drank water. OH MAN. I AM STILL IN PAIN.

I just got out of the bathroom CRYING MY EYES OUT OKAY? ANG SAKIT. THIS IS TOO MUCH PAIN.

I now have 4 HUGE MOUTH SORES. By HUGE I mean HUGE. Remember the scrapes I told you during day 2??? THOSE SCRAPES DEVELOPED INTO SORES. (sores=singaw in Filipino)

Okay, so I took my makeup off and I teared up. It was PAINFUL TO EVEN TOUCH THE AREA AROUND MY MOUTH WITH A MAKEUP WIPE!

Then I went in the bathroom to gargle. Oh man. I cried like a baby. THE PAIN WAS OUT OF THIS WORLD. I TELL YOU. I felt so weak because of the pain. I FELT SO WEAK.

I CRIED CRIED CRIED. Gargled with BETADINE Mouthwash (great for mouth sores)

Then I realized every time I fill my mouth full of water, I don’t feel the pain. SO HERE I AM WITH A MOUTHFUL OF WATER. I WISH I CAN SLEEP LIKE THIS.

I WANT THESE BRACES OFF MY TEETH. I DON’T WANNA GO THROUGH MONTHS (AND GOD FORBID, YEARS!!!!!!!) OF THIS TORTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am damn serious. I WANT THESE OFF ASAP.

I NEED A MOUTH PIECE OR SOMETHING. Just PLEASE prevent these evil metals from cutting my mouth inside…………….

I NEED A HIGHER DOSAGE OF PAIN KILLER. I CANNOT STAND THIS PAIN. I DON’T WANT TO SUFFER ANYMORE.

Nothing can comfort me. No words can comfort me. I can’t believe I’m paying PHP25,000 TO MAKE MYSELF SUFFER LIKE THIS.

Imagine me SWEARING non-stop right now. THAT IS HOW PAINFUL THIS IS. I AM NOT KIDDING YOU.

“You should’ve gotten Invisalign!”—OH BELIEVE ME I WOULD’VE, but keep in mind that I am spending my OWN money now. 25,000 is already a huge. What more a hundred grand?

I WANNA WAKE UP WITH MY ORIGINAL IMPERFECT TEETH. THIS PAIN IS JUST TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH.

More updates in the next days.

Level of pain: 5 over 5

HAHAHAHA! I am literally laughing right now as I finished reading that! You now have an idea about my experience during the first stages of having braces. And believe me, it gets better. I was just too caught up with my emotions when I wrote that entry. I was writing from the heart.

Here’s the last update I did (I wasn’t consistent)…

September 30, 2012

I woke up feeling much better! The only thing that hurt today are my mouth sores (singaw) My mom bought me Dolfenal (Mefenamic Acid) and Daktarin (oral gel) to alleviate the pain of my mouth sores. I had soup for my first meal, and bought mashed potato from Kenny Rogers for dinner. I also had milk tea without the pearls! Everything is A-OK. Well, except that my mouth still looks sore. I was able to stock up on ortho wax!!! I found a nearby dental station at our local mall! I got 2 sets of ortho wax for 85.00 each :) Oh yeah, I tried eating pizza but my tummy ached because I kept swallowing without chewing. HAHAHA. No bueno. No solid food till further notice.

Brushing still hurts because of my mouth sores. Ortho wax is my savior. PLUS, my ORABRUSH & TONGUE FOAM!!! Gets rid of all the ickiness in my mouth! Fresh fresh fresh. :) See? These sponsored things come in handy! No kidding!

October 1, 2012

A NEW DAY! I woke up feeling okay! :) Had soup for super late brunch. I still have my mouth sores. When I don’t speak for a long time and then move my mouth, they HURT SO BAAAAD. I’ve been drinking less water that I usually do, so I think I gotta work on that. Went to the salon with April today, and my sponsor ordered pizza for us!!! So there I was, swallowing without chewing again!!!!! No tummy ache, though. :) When I got home I had some soup again + sausages (the super soft kind) I get hungry so easily.

MAJOR CHANGE NOTICED: MY LEFT sungki (canine) teeth MOVED!!! OMGGG it MOVED!!! It’s starting to align itself! BUT my right sungki teeth seems to have moved back even more.

I spend over 30 minutes with my oral hygiene. It’s such a chore. I brushed my teeth, scraped my sores on my super rough braces (I felt like crying when that happened over and over while I was brushing) used my ORABRUSH and TONGUE FOAM to clean my tongue, gargled Betadine mouthwash (for my mouth sores), applied ortho wax, and treated the sores using the Daktarin oral gel.

Now it’s 4:52AM and I’m hungrrrry.

October 2, 2012

Hello!!!

My braces feel a WHOLE LOT BETTER! My sores are almost gone, Daktarin is a great help! I’ve been drinking a lot of water today. I had banana smoothie when I woke up, mashed potato and crème brulee for my super late brunch, and I was able to eat siopao!!!! Without chewing! LOL I just swallowed small pieces of it. I had tea today. Brushing my teeth FELT BETTER! Brushing would hurt too much before [because of the teeth AND the sores] that I cry while doing it. But now I can do it without pain! My Orabrush + tongue foam is amazing as always.

Well, I guess what they told me in the beginning is true… IT GETS BETTER!!!!

My teeth are MOVING!!!!!!! I SWEAR I CAN FEEL IT. And I can see a lot of difference!!! Especially my left teeth (sungki) It is moving its ass to the line. I love it.

October 3, 2012

Hi!!!

MY BRACES FEEL SOOOOO MUCH BETTER NOW! No more sores!! I was able to eat PHO GA! (Chicken noodle soup) :) My mouth is not longer swollen, I can speak properly and…that’s it!!

I am so happy! My teeth are aligning day after day.

I’ve read comments on my Youtube from people who also got braces the same time I did, I’m blogging my progress to make them feel like we’re IN THIS TOGETHER!!! It TOTALLY gets better, babies. They [people who told me it will get better] weren’t lying! HANG IN THERE!

Cheers to a perfect set of pearly whites! :)

I told you it gets better! As the months passed, my teeth aligned themselves accordingly; and contrary to my expectation that they’d straighten up in one go, THEY DID NOT. They evolved into different shades of ugly.

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FEBRUARY 2013 (5 MONTHS) Braces looking good! No excessive protruding. My mouth didn’t look big at all! But see what happens next…

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MAY 2013 (8 MONTHS) Do you see how BIG my teeth got?! And also, how yellow! This was also the stage wherein I got teased looking like a horse/Vice Ganda.

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There were times when I couldn’t smile without showing my teeth because my braces protruded and definitely looked unappealing. (see: left photo above) That was when I started learning how to smile with teeth showing.

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Yup, here’s the original Lindsay smile without the teeth!

Problems I encountered and how I dealt with each:

  1. Canker sores (singaw) – This has always been a problem for me pre/during/and post brace stages. I believe I lack in a certain kind of vitamin and/or I always accidentally bite my tongue/cheeks/etc. My best solution to this? And by BEST, I mean THE BEST: BETADINE MOUTHWASH. Hands down, my all time favorite oral rinse/disinfectant. I hate Bactidol and all the other mouthwashes because they actually irritate my sores even more! They just freshen breath and NOT treat the sores. Betadine Mouthwash treats sores like they would wounds. I gargle with this once to twice a day and after 2 days, my canker sore would be GONE. (largest size is at P300.00+, found at SM Supermarket) Literally nothing works as best as this one (for me).
  2. Rough/cutting edges/getting poked from brackets/wires of braces – this one is such a headache and usually happens every adjustment session. If I leave them be, I eventually develop canker sores! So I make sure I reach for ORTHO WAX! It’s wax that you cover your brackets with to prevent the rough/cutting edges from scraping the insides of your mouth. The only downside is eating with these wax balls on your teeth! You swallow them. And you get bad breath because of them. So make sure you give attention to your oral hygiene! My mom knows a place somewhere in Quiapo where you can buy wax for only P40.00. You can also get it FREE from your dentist.

Those were the (2) major problems I encountered with my braces.

Other than that, make sure you don’t bite into hard stuff because it may cause your braces to pop out of the brackets.

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During one of my visits with Dra. Lassyl and Dra. Rue Galao. Dra. Rue is the mother of Dra. Lassyl. And Ate Lassyl’s sister, May, is one of my good friends from high school.

I also underwent a minor cosmetic procedure of (I forgot the term) but basically, my dentist scraped off excess gums from my L & R canine to make them look better. Nothing complicated :) Betadine Mouthwash helped heal the wound overnight! It was bloody, but with anesthesia and all, you’ll get by!

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Fast forward to APRIL 22, 2014 (1 YEAR, 7 MONTHS) I had my braces taken out! I was ecstatic!!!

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The removal of my braces was just in time for the launching of my own lash curler last April 2014! I love the final look of my straight teeth!

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Now I have Invisalign-like retainers which I have to wear every night for the next 1.5 years to prevent my former teeth structure from coming back.

1 year and 7 months was all worth it.

Did I miss some points? Comment below and I’d be happy to answer.

Price of my braces: P25,000.00 conventional type; may differ with other cases

Contact #: 4049724/09178979360

Address: 1462 G. Tuazon Street, Sampaloc Manila

Look for: Dra. Rue & Lassyl Galao

Special Makeup Workshop PROMO! (July 6, 2014)

GET PHP200.00 OFF AND PAY ONLY PHP1,550.00 FOR THIS WORKSHOP WHEN YOU SIGN UP WITH A FRIEND! Promo valid only from June 25-28, 2014. Last day of payment on June 28, 1PM.

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Get to enjoy the following:

  • learn how to line your eyes using gel eyeliner (hands on guide from the instructor, yours truly)
  • learn how to curl your lashes properly and correctly
  • learn how to apply false eyelashes for special occasions

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List of FREE MAKEUP you’ll be receiving when you sign up:

  • FREE Say Eyelash Curler
  • FREE 1 pair of false eye lashes
  • FREE FULL SIZED Gel Liner (pot) with an eyeliner brush applicator
  • FREE FULL SIZED Beauty UK mascara (black)

The first batch will be held on JULY 6, 2014 (Sunday) from 1:00PM-5:00PM at Go Hotels Robinsons Otis Manila Function Room.

FEW SLOTS REMAINING!

Reservation/Payment details:

  • Send in yours and your friend’s (FULL NAME) (CONTACT NUMBER) (*LINING EYES/FALSE LASHES WORKSHOP*) to 09179870285
  • You have until June 28, 2014 only to SETTLE YOUR PAYMENT, to SECURE YOUR SLOT
  • NO PAYMENT, NO RESERVATION
  • TOTAL PAYMENT IF YOU SIGN UP WITH A FRIEND = PHP3,100.00
  • Our administrator shall reply to your message shortly after registration
  • AFTER DEPOSITING THE FEE, MESSAGE AGAIN and INPUT the (BANK) (BANK BRANCH) (DATE OF DEPOSIT)

We are implementing STRICT RULES when it comes to payment to prevent BOGUS BOOKERS.


*No-refund policy: The team reserves the right to refuse requests for refunds. Should the paid participant not be available on the scheduled date, he/she shall be allowed to attend the next session but no refunds shall be allowed. If the series of workshop is over, and the paid participant failed to show up, his/her loot bag shall be mailed to him/her, but no refunds shall be allowed.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

FREE Basic Airbrush Workshop (3 Easy Ways to Enter!)

Glambox Beauty Studio is giving away not (1) but (2) FREE SLOTS to a Basic Airbrush Makeup Workshop to all my followers! I have personally attended and completed the same course under Glambox last 2013 and I honestly learned a whole lot. Airbrush makeup is a whole ‘nother world of makeup, that’s for sure!

There are three ways to enter, everyone! (See: photo)

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Good luck!

How to Get Big, Soft Waves?

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I was born with naturally straight hair, and one of my top problems is having 0% volume on top of my head, and making the curls last all day long. If only we could all wake up with big beautiful waves!!! (I envy those who have such)

I have a simple how-to post for you today on how to achieve the locks I have in the photos shown below:

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I actually don’t have ombre hair, my roots are just showing! If you remember clearly, I dyed my hair black a few months ago, and for some reason, the browns from my previous color came back. I don’t have any idea why!

Unlike in other countries, we always shampoo and condition our hair [in the Philippines] so there is no such thing as day-old hair, 2-day old hair; just for the information of my foreign readers.

1. I started off with newly shampooed hair, towel and air-dried.

2. I combed through to get rid of tangles and for easier styling.

3. I applied my favorite heat protectant as of the moment which is the TRESemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray all over my hair before curling.

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4. The kit I used for curling my hair is the BELLAMI 6 IN 1 COMPLETE CURLER SET ($289.99) from http://bit.ly/1v0UA4y

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5. I used the largest wand/barrel 32MM to create beautiful soft waves8_1024x1024***BE VERY CAREFUL as this wand get hot really quickly! I made sure I wore my safety glove to prevent burning my fingers. 

6. I finished off by applying spritzes of the L’oreal Elnett Hairspray

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7. To give more volume to my curls, I added the Batiste Dry Shampoo XXL Volume on the top of my head and even in between curls. I got my Batiste Dry Shampoo XXL Volume from Makeup Hub http://bit.ly/1pIfZ2Z :)

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And that’s basically how I did my hair on the photo!

I hope you guys found this helpful!

We don’t have much Clipless Curlers in the Philippines, and I have a special discount code for all the people who wants to purchase the Bellami Set! Use the code LINDSAY160 upon checkout and get $160.00 OFF your purchase! :)

P.S. Still negotiating with Bellami to allow shipment to the Philippines. Kindly stand-by for details.