Sunday, September 30, 2012

Success: Hair Color Correction

Finally, after my first attempt to color my hair again after that unfateful DIY hair coloring mishaps, there's a brighter future ahead of my precious locks. As pre-salon visit, weeks before, I cut my hair shorter again. Just to really free it from the darkened colors. Although, it was so tempting to go for DIY yet again for economical reason, but oh I paid so much for that hair color darkening aftermath, so would shy away from it for the mean time. This time, I told the stylist, Josh of Envy Me Salon and Spa in Robinson's Galleria, of that mishap. Instead of getting the promo rate for the hair color, I had to pay instead for a hair color correction, which is a bit more pricey at Php 3000 vs. Php 2000 for just hair coloring. Obviously, it required more extensive work. He assured me that it's safe and effective. Best part, I can have a brighter, more even hair color streaks after the color correction.

Here we go again. ;-D
Step 1: Hair Lightening, which was done just at the tips or bottom 1/3 of my hair. 1/3 top (crown) is black , which is my original hair color. 2/3 mid-part is a brighter color from last time. 1/3 bottom part is dark, uneven colors from the hair coloring darkening mishap last time. 
Very quickly, about 15 minutes after. Hair Lightening is done! Yay! I see bleaching colors! ;-D 

Love Ms. Piggy: ElarZ Lechon

Dinner last night was superb! #Guilty Pleasure to the highest cholesterol level

Ordered Php300 worth of Lechon (about 400g) at ElarZ Pioneer Centre Branch.  
Guaranteed Fatty & Crispy-licious Skin. Love, love, lovety, love! ;-D 
Don't forget the Lechon Sauce. So good. Has a BBQ-ish flavor. 
Yum! ;-D
Sells for Php 360 for 500g. Oh well, for those momentary cravings, "I want to eat Ms. Piggy today!"  ElarZ Lechon is it!

P.S. I made sure to drink a hot cup of green tea after. Hah. As if... ;-D

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Let's try: MAC Cosmetics Style Seeker Collection

I own more Apple MAC gadgets than MAC Cosmetics. Hah. Few days ago, I was on my way to a dinner event, when I chanced upon a friend, Bibet, who's a Guest Make Up artist. Yay! #Lucky Night This is it!  Chance to try MAC. #Late Bloomer
MAC Style Seeker Collection
Style Seeker Defined: Fall colour surfaces in a vivid colour collection influenced by the spirit and style of a global wanderer. She has a knack for juxtaposing vintage, ethnic, flea market and avant-garde into stunning original looks, inspiring a world of wanderlust as eclectic and fashionable as she is.

Hmmm, perhaps I am. I wish! With makeup and fashion, I can be pretty boring! Boo me!

MAC Cosmetics on me: On The Hunt Eye Shadow Duo, Dark Diversion Gel Liner
FOTD: Worldly Wealth Frost Blush, Fashion Nomad Mattene Lipstick with Cherish Satin Finish Lipstick.
So pretty. I'm NC30 by the way. I especially like the Dark Diversion Gel Liner. It seems so easy to apply. Surprisingly, so easy to take off. Yes, I'm sold! Will shop soon. Cheers! ;-D

Friday, September 28, 2012

Review & Giveaway: Skin79 VIP Collection Super BB Cream

TGIF! Without further ado, here's the so belated review and giveaway post. I  love this BB (Beblesh Balm...yes this is no typo, it's really Beblesh) cream of Skin79...Super! It's my month long staple brand, and I'm on my second miniature tube. ;-D
Skin79 VIP Gold Collection Super Beblesh Balm Cream comes in a 5ml Miniatre Tube and a holder.
KFDA 3 Functions Certification on: Whitening, Wrinkle Improvement, UV Interception SPF25 PA++

Product Feature: It is 3 effects functional beblesh balm. By Adenosine and Arbutin ingredients which are effective in whitening, wrinkles improvement cultivate more bright and elastic skin. Intercept ultraviolet rays UV A and UV B at the same time and protect your skin exposed from the sun more thoroughly. Abundant nutrition of Gold and Caviar extract cares skin intensively to make shiny, healthy skin.  
Swatch. Leaves natural to medium coverage. 
FOTD. Taken with and without flash. Trying out MAC Styleseeker Collection with Fashion Nomad Mattene Lipstick.  Loved my dramatic lashes on the second photo made possible with Shu Uemura and Majolica Majorca. ;-D
FOTD: Taken during my son's birthday bash! ;-D 
What's to Love?
  • Super lightweight feel
  • Satiny finish
  • Blends easily
  • No Breakouts
  • Brightening, I glow! I'm lucky to have a generally great skin relative to my age, but this makes it even look better. ;-D 
  • A-okay sebum control, works even better if you set it with a powder
  • With Gold Caviar, I love. See here why
  • With SPF, that doesn't leave white cast
What's not to love?
  • For me, none. It's absolutely perfect for my skin type (combination and sensitive skin). The no-makeup feel is a really big plus. 
  • For others, the coverage is really light to medium, so a concealer for pigmentation, acne marks, etc. is needed. 
  • Not available locally, thank goodness for Korean Online Cosmetic stores.
Will I repurchase? 
  • I'm keeping a handful of these miniatures. But if I run out, I'll definitely cant't live without it buy.
Overall, I might have only ravings and praises for it, but my sister, who has a different skin type from me (Oily & Sensitive) doesn't like it much. She's still super loyal to SkinFood Peach Sake, which is not the case for me. So generally, it's still a matter of suitability and preference. I don't need a lot of coverage, so this works for me. Thankfully, there are a trial sizes, packs and miniatures available, so you can actually go on a trial spree to find that perfect match. ;-D

Giveaway time...

A mompreneur friend, and a real Korean Ahjushi (*LoL) provided me complementary products. Thank you!  I have a handful, I will share them with you. Hence, for the giveaway. ;-D

Giveaway Prizes: Dermal Mask Sheets x 5 pcs, Dermal Eye Patch x 2 pcs, Skin79 Super BB Cream VIP Gold Miniatures x 3pcs, Luesys (Review to follow) De-Mela White Serum  45ml and Cream 50g Trial packs x 6 pcs

This giveaway is valid only to those with valid shipping address in the Philippines. 

For your shopping needs, please do check out KPop Collections - Korean Cosmetics, Accessories, & Apparel on Facebook.  Don't forget to use the code exclusive to my readers: Use 10% Discount Code CHICSASSYMOM 

P.S. My, I think m.i.a. is the new normal for yours truly. So please don't go away. :-D I will try my very best to keep in touch more often. Cheers! ;-D 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Mission Accomplished: Camouflage Themed Birthday

Hi everyone! Whew, well done! My son's, General Chase, birthday bash was such a blast! Our overwhelming gratefulness to our friends and family. Plus, I owe a great deal to my best ever party suppliers. You made us all so happy! This is just part 1, an overview. I'm compelled to novelize each and every detail of the party. ;-D
Attention! My son, adorned with his General Gala Costume. It's a DIY. ;-D   Ravings and Praises to my balloon and dessert stations party suppliers -- Say It With Balloons and All About Sweets Manila. I will post official, professional photos of the station next. So nice.
Forgive the focus on the crepe paper vs. the stage. Camouflage/Soldier Black Ops/Modern Warfare inspired stage set-up. Kiddie Tables and Chairs with theme table cloth, part of my birthday box goodies from Party City, USA.
Balloon Venue Set-up by Mommy Cherry of Say It With Balloons. I provided the Tank Balloon Centerpieces, and the ceiling swirl decorations. I love the elegant appeal of the set-up. 
Prestige Tower  Party Venue
Made to Order Pull String Tank Pinata supplier that I found on Sulit/Multiply. ;-D I just added the camouflage theme birthday streamers a la crepe paper.  I filled it with 3Kg of assorted imported candies. Too heavy though. But it was a hit! ;-D
Loot Bags, Prizes, and Giveaways. For the prizes, I'm too pressed for time to go to Divisoria, so I went to Toys R Us. I got about 40 pieces of prizes (20 major/20 minor). Too busy, I had not time to document in details. 
Loot Bags and Mini wooden stools. For the Loot bags, I used the favor pack camouflage theme from Party City, and just added candies. Plus express orders of mini stools from Mommy Cris of Paete Wood and Paper Crafts. I ordered 50 pcs (10 pcs with pink camouflage prints). So nice and totally worth it. ;-D
We also handed out theme Thank "Tank" You cards. Signed by Chase. ;-D
For the party host, I got Diane Santos. Found her at Sulit/Mutiply as well. Success! So good. We also got other entertainment package from her. So nice. I will novelized soon. 
Chic Sassy Mom, General Chase, and Dad, our thanks to everyone who joined us in this joyous occasion. ;-D
Alright, I hope I covered everything. More novelized posts coming right up (ASAP!), like the DIY General Gala Costume of Chase, the details of the dessert station by All About Sweets Manila, the sumptuous food and the superior customer service of the whole staff of Prestige Tower etc. Happy Birthday to our beloved son, Chase! Cheers! ;-D 

Contest and Giveaway with a Twist: The Shell FuelSave Challenge (Updated Twist)

Yay! I'm still in the running towards becoming America's Top Model a winner for Shell's FuelSave Challenge. That's road trip overload with a Php 10,000 worth of prizes up for grabs. I need your help. The goal is to enjoin 100 persons or more to register, and to play during the contest period (September 24 - November 19). That's for the contest side. For the giveaway, my blog giveaway, if I win, I will split my winnings 50/50, so that's Php 5000 for you my dear readers, and friends who will join me to my quest. But fret not, if the unthinkable does happen, a beauty loot (Korean Cosmetics plus plus) is still up for grabs (for a minimum of 10 participants). ;-D Registration and the game is open Worldwide. For the giveaway, kindly remember to indicate your email address used for registration for validation. Game on!

Updates: November 20, 2012

Thank you for helping me on the challenge, but the twist is in effect! I will now be converting the giveaway to a Korea Cosmetics Loot Bag. Post will be up soon. Same Rafflecopter widget. ^^

My Score. I played several attempts to bring it up. My highest was at 100K, I failed to save it, it's on my other PC. I am competitive, very, so I will try to bring it up. *LoL 
 The Shell's Target One Million is a Shell FuelSave campaign to help one million motorists all over the world to drive more efficiently and save fuel.  Become one in a million and join motorists around the world inspired to save fuel with the Shell FuelSave challenge. Let's play! 

Please click on the image for the registration link of the Shell FuelSave Challenge. Or click http://www.shell.com.ph/home/content/phl/products_services/on_the_road/fuels/fuelsave_tpkg/target_one_million/
Click REGISTER. And on your username, kindly include your chosen username_chicsassymom. Please use a valid email address. This will also be the verifying factor to win. 
Please refresh until your successfully registered!  Get ready to Start
How to join:
1. Click the link below http://www.shell.com.ph/home/content/phl/products_services/on_the_road/fuels/fuelsave_tpkg/target_one_million/
2. Register with a chosen username YOURUSERNAME_chicsassymom
3. Play the game.
4. Screen Capture your score, or note your score.
5. Go back to this blog post. Leave a blog comment with your Name, Email Address, Username, Score (email it to me at chicsassymom(at)yahoo.com or mention your score in the comment.
6. Join the Rafflecopter Form for more entries.

Some tips, don't press power button hard. It's not about finishing fast, it's about a good balance of time and fuel efficiency. And don't forget to check before you drive, make sure to go over all the fuel tips every time. Alright, let's play.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Giveaway is valid only to those with Shipping Address in the Philippines. And with access to a Shell Station. For the purposes of giveaway, I will use the Rafflecopter. Just in case for the busy bees who wants to earn more entries for the giveaway prize at stake. Mandatory, and what really counts in the eyes of the contest organizer, is the number of valid blog comments with the corresponding, name, email address, and score link. You can also screen capture your score, and do a blog post for extra entries, or email it to me via chicsassymom@yahoo(dot)com. I will do an album compilation of our scores. I am very, very competitive, so I will try to beat the high scorers. *LoL

Friday, September 21, 2012

NOTD: Jade and Spark

Hello. Hello. So busy. But I'm back...hopefully! ;-D Do check out my nail polish, it's Hong Se Na of Rooftop Prince inspired. Plus it's match-y with my son's birthday theme. And best of all, I have a new Tory Burch flip flops to go with it. Ravings about it next.

Never too old to follow the nail polish trend of one finger different color, please indulge me. #Young at Heart *LoL It's usually the ring finger. But this is my fashion ring finger. *LoL The wedding band goes officially to my left, ring finger. All the fashion rings, goes to my index finger. 
Orly Spark. So sunny! 
Swatch. OPI Jade is the New Black. Go Green! ;-D
Another amazing OPI' nail polish label. Plus it reminds me of the Jade Emperor in my current Korean Drama addiction, Arang and the Magistrate. #FanGirl much *LoL
It's OPI + ORLY for moi. Twice the love. Yay! ;-D
NOTD: Jade and Spark. Green and Yellow. ;-D
My screen cap of  (Jung Yoo Mi)  Hong Se Na's trendy nail polish from Rooftop Prince Episode 17. Right hand, the yellow shade is at the index finger.  
I had my nails done at The Nail Loft. It's super, as in, the most affordable mani and pedi in the Metro for me.  Php 150 + Php 170 for both service, plus they have an ongoing promotion, less 30% off on all regular services. #Winner The service is really nice. It's a full service deluxe manicure and pedicure. So nice. I pray that these pretty nails will see Sunday through for the party, you ought to know I'm so clumsy. I'll show and tell come party day. It's Friday, and I'm in love. Cheers! ;-D

Saturday, September 15, 2012

My MacBook Pro is Alive!

Hello everyone. I've been M.I.A. again (so what else is new). Couple with my amazing busy-ness, I actually have a more valid reason, I thought that my beloved MacBook died on me. It was super scary. I was even quick to say, oh Apple, you're making not love you. Anyhow, here's the story of my MacBook's 2nd life.

See the X sign on my battery. 
I noticed that suddenly my AC adapter was not lighting up ( either orange or green), at first I though it was a case of loose connections. It's an easier and cheaper problem, I thought, it meant that I have to replace one. But not before having to try cleaning the contact points both from the computer and the adapter that I noticed the X sign on my battery. In the hardware part, it displayed that there was no Battery installed. Panic. And then there was a bothersome fan sound. I read in the forum that you need to do some resetting, it sounded complicated so I just asked hubby to drop it off at the Mac Store in Rockwell. After some time, they advised my hubby we had to bring it to the service center, because they only do system/software related issues, since it seemed it's a hardware, I needed to bring it to the service center.

To my dismay but as expected, battery is consumable and not covered by warranty (I read that even it's more than the one year warranty if without AppleCare, this is deemed as a hardware problem), so regardless, I need to replace it, and that's about $100 in the Apple Store, so it should be something similar to than amount. I was bothered deeply *LoL, so it means that the battery life expectancy of a MacBook Pro bought later 2010, is only about 1.5 years. Not good. Bad. I was busy so I delayed a visit to the service center. Surprisingly, it has still enough power to allow me to open, to shutdown, and to open it again over a 3-day period (it happened Saturday). Vs. paying outright Php 4K++, if it's a battery indeed, or the adapter, I committed myself to be techie. It was so very easy!

Resetting the System Management Controller (SMC) on MacBook with a battery you should not remove on your own. 
It's alive! No more X on the battery! ;-D
So, MacBook guys in Rockwell, aren't you brief on this diagnostic step? It's in the Apple page. Yes, the fan sound went away too. The real test is when I plugged the power adapter, and yes, it worked too! Happiness overload much! ;-D

I'm at 695 Battery Cycle Count. Average for this model is at 1000. Oh my, panic, more than halfway. 
Alright, I'm not really entirely careful, I overcharged (sometimes), and let it show a distressful low battery sign before I charge. But with the nightmare over me, I'm now being extra diligent and caring. Yay, my precious MacBook is alive, and I can blog! Cheers! ;-D

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Beauty Empties

Beautiful Sunday everyone! I had some free time to de-clutter my vanity, and oh my, I found these...empty bottles, and sachets. After the documentation a few minutes ago, I cleared them away, finally! My heart goes out to them, it's so hard to let go. Ahem...short for dilly dallying much! *LoL

Clockwise: Skin Food Green Tea Milk Cleansing Gel,
Laneige Water Bank Essence,
Hera HD Foundation Moist,
Innisfree Jejubija Anti-Trouble Facial Foam,
Skin79 VIP Gold Super Beblesh Balm,
Oryspa Goat's milk and Oatmeal Rice Bran Soap,
 Oryspa Rice Bran and Lulur Body Scrub,
SkinFood Seaweed Waterproof Point Make-up Remover Tissue (Down to my second box),
Dermal Snail Collagen Mask,
Innisfree Jejubija Emulsion, Spot Essence R & W,
SkinFood Platinum Grape Cell Essence,
Innisfree Eco Natural Cover BB Cream.
Pending Reviews: Laneige Water Bank Essence,
Hera HD Foundation Moist (Please see several FOTD posts though.)
Innisfree Jejubija Anti-Trouble Facial Foam (So good! Love the full line of the Innisfree Jejubija)
Skin79 VIP Gold Super Beblesh Balm (Please see several FOTD posts though...Review & Giveaway post soon! ;-D)
#Addicted to Seoul-ful Korea Korea Cosmetics Much
Super love! From my Oryspa loot last time. Definitely need to repurchase. Review & Giveaway Post soon. ;-D #ProudlyPhilippineMade
Escargot Love! ;-D Complements of K-POP Collections Online Shop. Oh yes, review & giveaway post soon! ;-D
Oh well, that's all! Hmmm, as you can see I have a lot of pending posts. I will do so, ASAP. ;-D I will today call myself officially a superwoman! I pray for bottomless superpowers! It's not easy doing all these acts...mommy, wifey, corporate employee, party planner, tutor, Grade 1 Level Couple Representative & a member of school board all on our first year in LSGH, aspiring Lifestyle blogger and more. I love! I've been missing in action in the blogosphere, and sadly missed a couple of media events too. I will try better! I will work harder! Kudos to those moms who do these better than me! Aja! Aja! Fighting! ;-D Please stay tuned for more. Cheers! 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Cupcake Cake: Almost Wordless Wednesday

Hello everyone. Last weekend was my nephew's 6th birthday. And you ought to know we love to party. Here's the sweetest part, the birthday cake/s. ;-D

Batman Theme Birthday Cupcake Cake. It's cake No. 2 for his school birthday. It's customary to have a separate birthday party at home and at school. See my post on his previous Toy Story School Birthday Party. ;-D
Batman Cake No. 1 for his birthday party at home. 
Batman Foil Balloon, Plus DIY balloon set ups. For his birthday, my sister asked our ever-reliable, super affordable, favorite caterer in Angeles City. 
Here's the deal with the Cupcakes Cake. It's actually made of cupcakes. This is about 30 pieces adjoining cupcakes. The cakes were all from Lailen's Pastries. I have to say that this is affordable, and more practical. It's easy to serve. Saves you from needing separate dessert plates. ;-D
So good to be back. I. Miss. Blogging. This is such a sweet post a la perfect reminiscence of current Korean Drama that I'm watching, Panda and Hedgehog. Watch for yourself, and you'll see what I mean. *LoL

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Wifey to JB and Mommy to Chasey :) It's said that one's eyes are windows to one's soul. True! My eyes twinkle when I'm happy, they light up with my smile. I’m no frills! I'm easy to read (except during Poker). I easily get teary eyed on practically both happy and sad things. I'm overly emotional! UP,Toy Story 3, and Glee made me cry with delight.My hubby is my source of strength. He balances that side of my personality. He made me a more self-reliant person.I love being a mom. But be it known that I tend to be OC, paranoid, and definitely see my self as a stage mom.I can't help but throw him parties every year.I love to read. If there is a lifetime membership to Book Lover's Club, I've probably signed in as early as Grade 1. I'm blessed to have a special relationship with God. He is my confidante. I practically talked to him anywhere and anytime about anything. I'm a Kapampangan and supposedly known for having culinary skills.This still needs to be found perfected, but for sure, I can say I'm a gourmand!I love to eat and it shows!Oh well!Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder and Happiness is only a state of mind. From today onwards, I intend to live in a Happy Mode!Cheers!