January Favorites

January 29, 2018

I am finally bringing my Monthly Favorites back! Yay! I haven't done this since I transfered to Blogger. And omg, this blog just turned one year! ♥ I made a poll on Twitter if you want me to do a 2017 Beauty Favorites or just do Monthly Favorites again. 2017 Beauty Favorites won. But I got really busy last week with my work and January is ending soon, so I've decided to do the Monthly Favorites instead. Sorry! *peace sign*

Pura Vida Resort, Tagaytay City

January 23, 2018 Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines

If you are looking for great place to stay in Tagaytay but don't want to spend that much, worry not! Pura Vida Resort will be your next destination when you go to Tagaytay! ;)

Tagaytay City has progressed into a popular tourist destination near Manila and is known for the picturesque view of Taal Lake. It is liked by a lot of people who wants a quick escape from the city. Well, I am proud to say that this is my hometown. :)

[By Wishtrend] TECA 1% Barrier Cream Review

January 13, 2018

By Wishtrend is back at it again with another product. Previously, I reviewed their Green Tea and Enzyme Powder Wash and I loved it! So today, I will be talking about the newest product from their own line of skin care products and it is the Teca 1% Barrier Cream. Just a reminder for everyone, I have combination and acne-prone skin. And currently, my ance is at its worst. Really worst! So let's get it started!

My Waxing Experience at Lay Bare

January 03, 2018

Waxing is one of the best ways to remove unwanted hair temporarily. I was in elementary when I first tried waxing my underarms. It was done at home by my niece. We used cold wax that we bought from Watsons. The one with strips. My first experience was painful af. It was like torturing myself! Haha. There was even a time when my pores bled. I stopped waxing after two to three times. I just can't do it by myself. I resumed waxing my underarms after college. It was done at Lay Bare at SM City Dasmarinas. Since then, I get my underarms waxed monthly (or every other month). I also get my upper lip and eyebrows done by threading. I wanted to try waxing my lower legs but I was hesitant at first because it might hurt more.

But recently, I finally had the courage to wax my lower legs at Lay Bare Waxing Salon, Alabang Town Center branch. It was my first time there and I wanted to share my experience with you.

Lay Bare Waxing Salon is the first ever waxing salon in the Philippines. They offer wide range of professional body waxing services. They opened their first branch in Makati in June 2006.

The Room

The things and arrangement of the room in Alabang Town Center is the same with other branches. The difference is it was a bit spacious. It was neat and tidy. There are posters on the side where you can find their products and the post waxing care. The ambiance is so relaxing.

"Strong women get things done"

The Process

Upon entering the salon, you will be asked to type your information on a tablet. As for other branches, they will ask you to write your information on their list. They will also ask you if you are a new customer or if you already have a record. There are no preparations except for brazilian or bikini waxing. However, they have a checklist/questionnaire that you have to answer. Example: Do you have your menstruation or when was your last menstruation? Are you currently taking any medicines, etc? They will accommodate you to the room and let you change or prepare for the procedure.

For lower legs, thighs, and brazilian waxing, it is convenient to wear skirts or dresses. But for me, it was cold in Tagaytay when we left so I decided to just wear jeans. They gave me a gown and a towel to use during the procedure.

Lay Bare Waxing Salon uses cold wax which is made with natural ingredients such as honey. The process looks like this. Sorry for the blurry photo. It hurts af! My pain tolerance is too low. Haha. Tiis ganda mga besh! If you are worried about the sanitary issues, the technicians always wear their gloves and face masks. I can't compare cold and hot wax since I only tried cold wax ever since. I like waxing my underarms and legs because it  makes the hair finer and it doesn't grow fast.  

So before I proceed, I want to share with you a short story. I started shaving my unwanted hairs on my lower leg when I was in college. It was my graduation day when I decided to use Veet. I wore a dress and was ashamed of my hairy legs. So I finally did it! It was a nice feeling at first, not until the hair grew back. Hah! The hair became thicker and even longer!! My first job required us to wear skirts as uniform so I continued shaving it or using Veet. My Mom and other people told me not to shave my legs but I still did. What a hardheaded kid! Hahaha! I had so many regrets. I should've let it stay the natural way. Eventually, I got tired of shaving it and I finally stopped. I didn't care about the hair anymore and that is the reason why I always wear jeans or pants. 

Lesson learned: Don't ever shave your unwanted hair, fam! Just DON'T!

Before waxing
The photo above is the outcome of shaving my legs and the photo before the procedure. Take note that I am really hairy. I have hair on my forearms too. #HairyGirlProblems #Regrets Lol! 

Lesson learned: Don't ever shave your unwanted hair, fam! Just DON'T!

The process
The tech put powder first before she started waxing. The photo above is for comparison. As you can see, there is already a huge difference. 

After waxing
My skin color looks different on the photo because of the lighting but it is actually not. Lol. There are some red spots because my skin is sensitive. It always happens to my underarms and upper lip. My skin gets really red. Being hairless feels so good though! The procedure lasted for more or less than 30 minutes. After two to three days, the red spots are still visible but it somehow subsided. The red spots were totally gone after five days. Hopefully, the hair will grow finer soon.

Other people might recommend IPL but if you are still not ready for that and you are on a budget, you may try waxing. And of course, instead of shaving. I definitely recommend Lay Bare Waxing Salon. Well, I don't remeember any bad experience that I had with them. Pain is inevitable but they always make it a fun experience. Their services are affordable and their technicians are also friendly and accommodating. I've been availing their services for more than a year now. There are times that they have a long queue so it is best to get booked online on their website or on their app. You can also have a free eyebrow threading or a discount on your birth month.

Have you tried waxing? Do you prefer cold or hot wax? Do you also get it done at Lay Bare? I want to hear your thoughts and experiences :) 

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