My Korean Facial Therapy Experience at O2 Laser Skin Center

Annyeong!

I have always admired Koreans’ skin. They are poreless, youthful, and undoubtedly flawless! 🙂

It is no wonder that most of the skincare products I use are made from their country. And Korean skin clinics and salons have already established themselves as a credible skincare and beauty provider.

That is why I was soooo stoked when I was invited to try O2 Korean Facial Therapy! 😀

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Their signature facial is a therapeutic treatment formulated to deeply cleanse, rejuvenate and hydrate leaving you a more radiant and revitalized skin.

This 90 minutes facial therapy comes with a relaxing and firming face and shoulder massage which reinvigorates the skin and relieves stress.

Perfect for people who want to be refreshed and relaxed at the same time, just like me!

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This should be exciting because the last facial treatment I had was almost 7 years ago! Haha 😛 I was just so scared that these treatments will cause more damage than good! But my braveheart and beauty instinct told me that this is something I shouldn’t miss!

So here are the things you should expect when you have your O2 Korean Facial Therapy:

1st Step: Cleanse.

Cleansing the face with their Cleansing Milk and Cleansing Gel. This step will involve removal of makeup (if patient has any on) and dirt from the environment.

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2nd Step: Scrubber.

Using a machine, they will scrub off deep seated dirt for a more thorough cleansing.

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3rd Step: Ultrasonic.

Using a special gel, a flat device emitting heat is made to go around the whole face. This helps open and soften the pores to prepare it for extraction.

I was so used with overhead steam in opening pores to allow impurities’ extraction. so this was new to me. Or am I too outdated already after my 7-year hiatus from facial treatments?

Nevertheless, I was advised that the ultrasonic machine is more upscale and healthier for the skin!

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4th Step: Extraction/Pricking of Whiteheads, Blackheads, Pimples.

Now, this is the one I was dreading! As I made my way to the clinic, I was so oblivious that this is part of what’s going to happen to me that day!

I mean, I had facials before but I was only thinking that today’s treatment was more of like a cream-spreading activity only, and no pricking!

I was a bit anxious because a friend actually had a bad experience with one skin salon, and I don’t want my skin to have accidental dents like she had!

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Surprisingly, they weren’t that painful! And I didn’t shed a tear! My facial therapist was really good, and she’s very careful and strategizes effectively to ease the pain whenever she attempts to stick the needle!

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5th Step: Destressing.

This is done through a relaxing face, shoulder and back massage using their special Korean massage oil for 10-15 minutes.

I know, this is a skin care salon, but you have to give them additional brownie points for giving a rejuvenating massage! As in, super narelax talaga ako!

I know I was drifting to sleep already!

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6th Step: Antioxidant Infusion.

Using another machine, they infused a high-end Vitamin C from Korea which helps lighten the skin as well as slow down the aging process. In this treatment, you will feel a mild stinging sensation, especially in the bony areas. This is the machine infusing the Vitamin C inside your skin.

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I felt the tinge and electrifying sensation, but nothing to worry! It was too mild, you’ll only feel a tickle!

7th Step: Calming and Anti aging.

Cold Collagen mask is applied and left on the face for 10-15 minutes. This is another anti-aging procedure and the cool sensation of the mask will help reduce the redness from the extraction done prior.

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I know, I look like a mummy! Haha 😀 But as claustrophobic it may seem, it is my favorite part! I can really feel the rich mask seeping down my skin to make it look healthier and more radiant!

8th Step: Removal of mask and application of Moisturizer and Sun protection Korean creams.

This procedure settled everything, and I was happy they already put sunblock, because I will be going to another event after.

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A nice selfie with Dr. Cherry Ann Co, the Resident Dermatologist sealed this great deal! I even had the most opportune moment to consult her about my skin dilemmas! Thank you so much for being gracious and patient with my questions! 😀

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I’ve been trying their Cleansing Milk, Moisturizing Toner and Sunblock for almost a month now! 🙂 And my skin feels more youthful everyday! 😀

This beautiful change is a kickstart into my journey of achieving a smoother, healthier and more radiant skin!

I will definitely come back for my next session! 🙂 Can you believe that this amazing treatment only costs P1,200? It’s super sulit, and totally worth it! No need for you to fly to Korea just to experience Korean skin care! 🙂

You may visit them at Ground Unit A, Waypoint Building, 4 Bayani Road, AFPOVAI
Taguig 1634.

Contact details:
0920-836-1132 / 0928-874-0580 / (02) 512-8315

http://www.o2laserskincenter.com
https://www.facebook.com/O2laserskincenter/

I highly recommend their services! So go and book an appointment today!

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My Vivere Salon Glorietta Experience with Hairstylist JC Espiritu

Two months ago I decided to dye my hair rose gold but got out with ginger hair instead. If you happen to read my post about it, you might get a flashback. 🙂

But what seemed to be a mistake, turned out to be a unexpected blessing! Because with this new hair color, people recognize me more!

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I remember one time when I was eating in Trinoma, a friend passed by the glass window and immediately caught sight of my hair. She wondered if it was really me! Haha It was! 😀

In Gateway, I was walking on the grounds surrounding the coliseum, when a friend got out of a nearby restaurant and approached me. Whenever there’s a blog event or a speaking engagement, people call me “Via” already, without asking for my name! It’s crazy! 😀

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So I guess ginger hair helped me in more ways than I expected. I haven’t even thought of it as a part of my branding. 😀

My publicist actually advised me to maintain it, because it has provided me an extension of my brand as a blogger and as a shoe designer.

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(April 2017)

And of course, we know that a lot of things don’t lasts forever, especially hair color and length. As my hair grew longer (as if it’s not long enough),  the roots are starting to show, and the once highly pigmented strands is beginning to fade.

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That is why it was so timely that I got to visit Vivere Salon in Glorietta, and have my much-awaited hair retouch and makeover!

I booked an Uber to Glorietta 2, and surprisingly I found the salon too soon than I thought I would. It’s on the  3rd floor, in front of Electro World.

I love how posh their salon is. It even has this geometric design I am so crazy about! 😀

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Since my hair color was actually just an accident, it may be difficult to duplicate. The original hue wasn’t red, or orange, or pink, it seems like a fusion of all 3. The tint changes magnificently in different levels of lighting.

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My favorite was the one under a yellow misty light in Francis Libiran’s Fashion Show. It had a rich, romantic and regal tinge to it.

So this is my hair that needs all the love it can get!

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JC Espiritu, the resident Senior Hair Stylist in Vivere Salon Glorietta worked his magic in creating the color I wanted. He posed some techniques about the duration of the bleaching cream on my crowning glory, and some hairstyling words that sounded alien to me.

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I specifically told and showed him that I have to achieve THAT certain color because it’s part of my self-branding. People recognize me to have that red-orange hair color.

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Ms Eveb (Junior Hair Stylist) helped me bleach my hair roots until they turned corn yellow. The rest of my mane has already been bleached previously, so there was no need for additional creams.

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The concoction was painful as expected, but I didn’t mind. All for beauty!

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I got my hair washed, and I swear I look like an easter egg here! I was actually in doubt whether I should upload this, but hey, we all got flaws! Haha 🙂

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After an hour or less, my hair was ridden off the cream, and had to be blow dried. Honestly, I didn’t mind going out of the salon with a gradient yellow to orange hair!

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I look like a total walking sunset in this! But, the process isn’t finished yet, so I have to stay seated.

This was the time Sir JC showed me the hair dye emulsion. They particularly look like the pigment I wanted, so I was so excited!

He said, “Ms Via, nag-magic ako!”

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(Redeeming my egg face with this tilted lying-shower-pose! Haha 😀 )

It was Sir JC’s idea to have my eyebrows dyed as well. They turned shades lighter as in! 

My “kilay is life” game looks more appealing, and suiting for my raspberry hair!

True enough, his potion-skills were excellent!

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I didn’t just get the color I wanted, it was even better! 😀

I have never wanted a hair color so much in my life! Not to mention, that finally, there is a salon that exists that can actually make your hair color dreams come true!

My signature hair is BAAAAAAACK!

And it’s better, red-oranger, gingerer, mermaid-ier and Ariel-er! 😀

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IMG_20170708_163014I can’t contain my happiness, this is even better than having legs! That is why I can’t help but splash out hugs and flipping fins to the best hair experts in the land!

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Thank you Sir JC and Ms Eveb for bringing back the life and luster of my hair, and making it more beautiful! 😀

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It looks very cotton candy on this side of the salon! Took a snappy with Rayrose Samson, a fellow blogger!

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My hair makeover is valued as follows:

Haircut: P390 / Hair Color: P5,000 / Hair Treatment: P1,500

I highly recommend Vivere Salon Glorietta for those seeking trusted salons to take care of their hair! 😀

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Reach them through the following:

https://www.facebook.com/viveresalon/

(02) 584 6610 / http://viveresalon.com

I am literally a walking ad! Girls and some kids are pointing their stubby fingers at me, asking where I got my hair dyed!

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You know where! 😀

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Shakeaway at UP Town Center

I am so excited how months are so cooperative in flying by so fast, because that means summer is just around the corner! Yay! Time to be all sleek and sneaky with bikinis, beaches, and cold drinks! And what better way to beat the heat than drinking fresh and flavorful shakes from Shakeaway!

Last month, I got invited to try shakes and I never thought there could be so much variety in one milkshake place! Shakeaway is a London-based milkshake bar company and is the original re-inventor of milkshakes. The store started a cult following in 1999 with the first shop opening in the sunny seaside town of Bournemouth on the south coast of England.

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The store’s interior design reminds me of mint and utterly spotless clinic. Or a fruity makeup store.  Haha It’s soo neat!

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What’s unique about Shakeaway is that they have a winter menu. This is made available especially during the snowy season in London, as a means to complement the cold weather. Normally, regular customers won’t order cold drinks, so to bridge the gap, Shakeaway invented hot shakes! Yes you read that right! Something new and worth trying, especially, on our closest version – the rainy season.

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TOASTY TIM is their very creamy hot chocolate shake. I am not a fan of chocolate and hot drinks, not even coffee! But this one definitely changed my mind! You should try this. ASAP!
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With their intense variety on shakes, a booklike menu wasn’t opted, instead they have all laid them out on each table! Nifty and brilliant in my opinion.

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We were first served with MAX, it’s part of their World Famous Named Shakes. Comes in regular size for P250 and large at P310.

World Famous Named Shakes are a special menu with actual people’s names as the drinks. This is a pretty interesting idea. I wanna have HARRY! (There’s actually a Harry shake!)

Anyway, Max  is a chocolate fudge brownie shake and chocolate-filled mint candy with milk chocolate chips on top.

You can really taste the minty flavor in your tongue. This is a perfect cooling shake post workout.

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The fun thing about Shakeaway is that they also have an exclusive World Famous Named Shake. It is one distinct flavored shake with the influence of the host country’s most popular ingredients, and only offered in the  Shakeaway branch of the said host country.

As for the Philippine branch, it is called JOSE, and only available in the Philippines. It is ube and macapuno with pinipig on top. This tastes very Filipino. This probably is my favorite, it is something you’ve never tasted before! I highly recommend this one! It’s so yummy, I may even finish a large cup of this!

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Shakeaway has soda shakes as well! Super genius idea! This one is Sarsi shake. The milky taste was a good twist on our childhood soda.

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IZZIE is part of the Named Frozen Yoghurts. It is a frozen yoghurt with strawberries, banana and granola. Comes in regular at P250 and large at P310. The granola made it extra fun to eat because flavors were just bursting left and right!

I just find all the named menus a bit confusing. It definitely sounds interesting, but I can hardly memorize all the names. Oh my, signs of being a Tita!

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Together with my foodie friends of Team Aldous!

Manfred Manalo in a slicky state of shake coma!

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You can find Shakeaway at Unit C1101F Ground Floor Phase 2 UP Town Centre
Diliman. Call them at (02) 958 5841. Operating hours are between 11:00AM – 9:00PM.

So what are you waiting for, head on to Shakeaway this week afterwork or afterschool, and get ready to be blown away by the largest menu on shakes in Manila!

Have you been here? How was your experience? 😀 Let me know in the comments!

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Shop and Save with Groupon Coupons

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are on my prerogative.

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“Whoever says that money cannot buy happiness, doesn’t know where to shop!”

I actually developed an affinity to this quote that has stemmed way back in 2012. I mean, you have to know what you want. Those pieces of monetary bills may not equate to happiness per se, but these will surely be a means to get you what will.

I actually remember the pain from a broken heart easing, when I bought three new pairs of shoes one December night. I mean, I may be single (that time), but I (back then) have the most gorgeous snakeskin and suede high heels on the planet!

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But now that it’s 2017, and I kind of thought that I should be paying more attention on how I spend, it should come to people’s senses that managing one’s finances can bring a huge impact on how you set your priorities. BUT. There’s a big but. Shopping doesn’t have to be a gruesome experience to your conscience when you try to splurge on something you really want, and need!

Good thing, Groupon Coupons is here to save the day! Consequently, keeping up with shopping-until-you-drop is still amenable! Especially, if it’s for someone you love!

I know, I may have been pretty extravagant when it comes to spending cash before, but getting coupons to save on my shopping will do wonders once I plan to buy something. I may live in the Philippines, but it doesn’t mean I cannot avail the coupons. It basically serves a lot of locations in the west, and I may have to ask a friend or family to avail one for me, but who cares? I can still save by using my shopping coupons! And have them shipped here to my country.

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So my dear International merfriends, this is something exciting for you! I know you will be delighted to use Groupon Coupons in your next purchases! Go check out their site, your ‘missing shopping piece’ awaits!

Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more updates!

Note: Photos are courtesy of my 21 year old self, donning my shopaholic costume for the yearbook’s creative shot.

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El Chapo’s Filipino Mexican Food Cartel at The Yard

Food parks have been emerging left, and right, and for some reason, we really can’t get enough of them! There is just a familiar thrill of going inside a food park and waiting to discover something gastronomically satisfying! Much similar to finding a rare shade of a nude lippie! 😀

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Team Aldous got invited to try this Filipino-Mexican food joint in the The Yard at Xavierville. I was pretty psyched because it is going to be my first time there, and back in college, I really don’t have the freedom to check out places like these! Plus, I was annoyingly underweight for the sheer lack of enthusiasm to eat. Not because I’m anorexic or weight-conscious or whatever, it’s just that I am a lazy eater. (Haha Not really proud of that past!)

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When you get inside, it is pretty easy to get lost and be lured in the variety of food wonders The Yard has to offer, but to make things more convenient for you, you can opt to try the interesting dishes at El Chapo’s!

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Nestled at the mid-left of the food park lies the palate ticklers of El Chapo’s Filipino Mexican Food Cartel. 

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The name sounded different so I asked Mark Copuyoc, the owner of the joint for some enlightement. He said that it was inspired by a Mexican drug lord who heads the Sinaloa Cartel known as El Chapo. And that explains their tagline, ‘Don’t worry, it’s legal!”.

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We tried their “Chicharitos” Lechon Sisig Taco (with sour cream and salsa verde) valued at P85 per plate. It’s no wonder that this is one of their best sellers. The dish’s taste will definitely send your spirits high as it is perfect for a night of chitchat and drinks with friends.

I really find their chili detail adorable too.

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Cheesy Beef Salpicao Nachos valued at P160 per plate

I am not a fan of nachos, but this is a game changer. Their take on this is extremely flavorful, it’s a must-try!

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El Chapo’s Onion Rings (topped off with Parmesan and Sriracha) is suprising at P75 per plate. I like that theirs are not oily, and they were fried just right. I particularly like the sauce on this one.

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Fil-Mex Style Barbecued Street Corn at P60 .

I am not a fan of spicy food, so I have to say that if you are like me, have some liquids at the ready, because you’re going to need all of them. But if you are a lover of spice, I highly recommend this one. The dish will challenge your taste buds, and will probably leave nostalgia in every bite.

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Food bloggers on queue in every dish served!

 

Sooo thrilled to share a selfie with my very good friend Lou Ongpin!

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Team Aldous eats again!

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Over all, El Chapo’s Filipino Mexican Food Cartel is a great choice for a weekend eat-out with friends, whether you are on a pre-dinner or some after sesh, this food wonder will definitely deliver.

Catch their flavorful dishes at The Yard, 83 Xavierville Avenue Quezon City 1108 and you may contact them via the number, 0920 983 1619 or through their social media accounts.

https://www.facebook.com/elchaposph/

http://instagram.com/elchaposph

And don’t worry, it’s legal!

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