I was invited by The Spa’s SKIN Dermatology and Laser Center to try their IPL (intense pulsed light) facial treatment. My beauty industry friends cringe at this fact but as far as skin care goes, I’m (be)low maintenance—don’t wear makeup unless necessary and remove immediately upon getting home, wash face twice a day, scrub once a week, and moisturize day and night. Needless to say, I was excited about my IPL experience.
The SKIN clinic in Bonifacio High Street is across the lobby of The Spa. Inside, clients are attended to right away by the receptionist, and led to either the lounge or the resident dermatologist for consultation.
View from upstairs, going to the treatment rooms. I’ve been to The Spa a few times and one of the things I’ve always liked about them is the warm lighting (and that re-energizing minty spa smell—too bad we can’t smell via the Internet heh).
The upstairs hallway. From what I saw, there are five treatment rooms. Mine was that open door to the left.
Cozy. I’ve been to clinics where the treatment areas are simply separated by a divider or a curtain, and private rooms like these are much more preferable.
During the consultation with SKIN’s certified dermatologist, she explained a little bit about IPL and what it does. It’s a popular treatment for spider veins (broken capillaries), dark spots from sun damage or aging, uneven skin tone and huge pores. IPL basically penetrates below the skin’s surface to hit the problem area and stimulates the production of collagen. The skin repairs the damage, and the result is healthier skin! The dermatologist recommends about five to six sessions in order to see optimum results. With regular treatment and proper maintenance, you can expect to end up finer pores, improved skin tone and visibly lighter, younger-looking skin.
The day I went, I was feeling a bit under the weather as my schedule has been quite hectic the past few days—juggling a fun full-time job and writing and styling jobs on the side. The timing of this pampering session couldn’t have been better.
Before we started with the IPL treatment, a nurse attendant prepared my face by gently cleansing and massaging it with a moisturizing cream. The IPL treatment may be done in tandem with a full facial, but for now, I opted for the main event right away.
A cold ultrasound gel is placed all over the face up to parts of the neck to protect the skin and keep the heat tolerable. My dermatologist described the sensation to be like a rubber band snapping and so I braced myself for slight discomfort, but as she promised, it’s not really painful. Just a tad warm, and also surprising, whenever the pulsed light hits.
Beep. Flash! Beep. Flash! Thus the protective eye goggles, which they assured me are more than sufficient and made specifically for IPL.
After the cheeks, the doctor targets the chin, and then the nose, and then a slightly lower fluence (amount of light energy in one hit) for the forehead. She explained that since the skin on there is closer to the bone, it would feel hotter than on the rest of the face.
Done! The procedure took a mere 15 minutes, prep time included. No downtime too—it’s okay to resume activities as usual. After the IPL, they simply wiped off the cold gel and placed a moisturizing sunblock on my face. Clients undergoing IPL are urged by dermatologists to stay away from the sun, and to always apply sunblock with a high SPF for both UVA and UVB (sunlight and indoor lighting) protection. Another tip is to come back once a month and nourish skin with vitamins and alpha hydroxy (fruit) acids in between sessions to supplement the treatment.
That half-hour respite from all the workload was certainly more than enough to leave me feeling refreshed afterwards. Sometimes we can get so caught up with all the things we have to rush and accomplish that we stress out and fall ill and wilt in the process. This visit to SKIN was a reminder that it’s okay to relax a bit. Not just okay, but that we actually need it! In that short time I was lying down, I was actually able to take a step back from all the frenzy and brainstorm for some ideas for work. I vow to come back next month, and to start taking better care of my skin from here on. Lesson learned from an intense pulsed light session? Sometimes the best eye openers can come to us when our eyes are closed. :)
Skin Rejuvenation (IPL) is available at SKIN Dermatology and Laser Center inside The Spa Wellness at B8, Bonifacio High Street, BGC.Call (+632) 403-8000/0917-8092399. They also have a newly opened SKIN clinic inside The Spa Wellness at Shangri-La Mall, L6 Leisure Haven East Wing. Call (+632) 656-7878/656-6868. Online, you may check them out on Facebook. Also follow The Spa on Facebook and Twitter @thespa1996 for updates and promos.
Speaking of promos… would I ever just write about my adventures without giving Love Chic readers a chance to share in the experience? Of course not! Here’s how to get a free IPL session from SKIN, too.
Filipinos are still on a high from Megan Young’s Miss World win, and rightfully so. It isn’t every day that a simple lady from a small town in Olongapo gets to fufill her and every other girl’s childhood dream of becoming a princess (in this case, a queen).
Wearing glamorous gowns, beautiful heels and a glorious crown over your crowning glory? Bringing honor to your country amidst pork barrel scams and celebrity sex scandals? Being given a chance to make a profound difference in the world? Check, check and check.
I possess neither the height nor the body proportions it takes to even make it to the preliminaries of any significant pageant of beauty and physiological symmetry (save for the occasional local santacruzan, which hardly counts), but here are three reasons I’m completely okay with that.
One, I’m average. I’m only 5 feet and an inch tall. My skin is far from perfect, with little scars here and there and breakouts every once in a while when I wear makeup for more than a few hours or don’t drink enough water or get enough sleep. My hair is always all over the place: if I comb it, it looks like I have a household broom on my head. If I don’t, it looks like I slept on it and headed out. I have braces to align my crooked teeth, but there are no braces for my crooked grin. I may meet society’s standards in terms of butt size, but I can’t say the same for my chest size. Haha. I am average, and I say that with pride and loving self-acceptance, holding the torch for average girls all over the world.
Because there are more of us, and we are faced with a happy challenge: that of learning to love our physical average-ness, while at the same time discovering which aspects about ourselves enable us to be above average. Intelligence? Charm? Sense of humor? Musical talents? Artistic skills? Numerical aptitude? A penchant for finding the perfect gift or gesture for anyone’s birthday? Whatever they may be, they are the brushes with which we can paint the beautiful portrait of our above average-ness on a blank canvas of average-ness.
Two, I am unique. I may be average, but I am not generic—big difference. Average has the chance to command attention by standing out; generic stays in the background unnoticed, with nothing new or different to offer. I can pull things out of my pocket that no one else can have up their sleeves. The movie Hugo got it right about unique individuals: “I’d imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn’t be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason.”
Three, life is one big pageant anyway. Society is one big panel of judges, and there are universal criteria wherever we go. We are judged by how we look, what we wear, how we carry ourselves, what we want to say and how we say it, the culture and values we represent, the people we associate ourselves with, the beliefs we express and convictions we uphold, how we answer questions we are presented.
In this way, the world indeed is a stage, and every day is a part of the competition where we get to prove our grace, poise, skills and intelligence—not only to the judges and audiences, but more importantly to ourselves. In this way, we can all aim for peace, love and balance in the world, even in our tank tops, jeans and sneakers. :)
SM Accessories transparent cuff and bird-and-flowers pendant.
Bags In The City “Xavier” handbag.
World Balance “Vanity” sneakers. Apt sneaker name for today’s thoughts, yes? Apt, and ironic that there is none of the discomfort or superficiality that usually come with the word: these sneakers are about as simple, soft and comfortable as you can get. If you’re following me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you can win a pair for yourself.
Hello! After another fun week out of town for work, I’m back with a new blog post—a hot “The Killers in Manila” tickets giveaway! Read on to find out how you can score them.
One of their songs that I really like is “Smile Like You Mean It,” for when things don’t go the way we expect. It’s a catchy tune for a somber self-reminder to try and muster a smile no matter what curveballs life throws our way. To always look on the bright side. For me, The Killers really killed it (hehe) with that one.
It may seem simplistic and clichéd, but it really does work. Studies have been made that show that when you smile, even when you don’t necessarily feel like smiling, your facial muscles send signals to your brain that you are feeling happy.
Your brain then releases chemicals that in turn makes you genuinely feel better about whatever it is that’s bothering you, and your mood gets turned around.
It’s one of the few instances when it’s okay to “fake it ‘til you make it.” So go ahead and smile! It’s not known all over the world as the universal best medicine for nothing. Speaking of which, here’s something to smile about. Who wants tickets?
The Killers performs on Thursday, September 26th at the Smart Araneta Coliseum and I’m giving away free passes to three (3) lucky winners, courtesy of SM Accessories. One gets a VIP ticket, while two readers each get an Upperbox A ticket.
Calling all couples! Get ready for our sweetest giveaway yet. Pose a la Love Chic in your most stylish outfits for a chance to win a P10,000 shopping spree from Forever21.
Just a few samples to give you ideas. It doesn’t matter if you take your photo on the streets or in a studio, as long as it showcases your sweet style.
Contest mechanics here:
The love month is here! As always, we were looking for little ways to spend Valentines together and be able to share what we find with you guys. How about an organic nail pampering session for you and your special someone?
No purchase required. Make an outfit collage showing how you would wear Skechers sneakers for Valentines, and you might just win them for you and your partner! Open to Love Chic followers on Twitter and Facebook 18 years old and above, residing in Metro Manila or otherwise able to come here in case of win.
- Follow Skechers Philippines on Twitter and Facebook.
- Choose one (1) men’s and one (1) women’s shoe from the Skechers x Love Chic album on Facebook. Create a men’s outfit and a women’s outfit for a Valentines date with your special someone. Maximum of three (3) looks per person.
- Send your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your full name, partner’s name, complete birthday and mobile number. One email per couple, so that your looks are submitted together.
- Tweet this: “I just sent my entry to @sephshai x @SkechersPH giveaway. Hope to win his-and-hers sneakers for V-day! http://lovechic.com.ph”
- All photo entries become property of Skechers Philippines and may be used online and in other media featuring the shoes.
To give you an idea, we created these sample entries on Polyvore. It allows you to put together an outfit collage (called “set”) by searching the web for product shots that you specify (i.e. type “mens button down” and click on a particular blue shade). We typed “Skechers sneakers” and “Skechers sneaker wedge” to see if our favorites from the Facebook album were there, and they were.
If your chosen pair isn’t found on Polyvore, it has a clipper option that will allow you to import the photos from the Facebook album to use for your collage. The nice thing about Polyvore is you can use backgrounds and frames, but you’re free to use any application (such as Picasa) or website (such as Fotor) for creating your looks. After all, it’s the outfits that will be judged and not how pretty your collage is. :)
Entries will be accepted until midnight of February 13, Wednesday. We’ll announce the winning couple On Valentines Day, who each get a pair from Skechers Philippines. ♥
This Twitter giveaway ends tonight, so read on and then tweet away!
Boys and girls, here’s your chance to win limited edition @RayBanCollector wayfarers.
Evolution. Interesting how hair styling can easily transform one’s look, eh? But what if you don’t have the time or budget to hit the salon as often as you want? Here’s how to get a hair makeover… and even better, win a Samsung Galaxy SIII.
So we heard there’s this thing going on among bloggers. We decided to check it out…
Do you have what it takes to style Solenn? If you’re a fashion-loving blogger, here’s your chance: “It” girl Solenn Heussaff is on the lookout for a new stylist! The winner gets to have the chance to be Solenn’s wardrobe stylist for a fashion magazine spread, where she will be modeling a customized accessory by Rajo Laurel. To join, follow these easy steps.
Converse Philippines has just launched their new collection of colorways for the season: Rust, Parasailing, Blue Ribbon, Quartz Pink, Ginger Snap, Cherry Tomato, Warm Olive, Green and Raspberry. The good news is, you can be one of the very first ones to own a pair from this collection! All you have to do is share with us how you would wear your Chucks. Here’s how we did ours.
The last of this 4-part tutorial is all about teaching beginners the basics of changing simple daytime makeup into something more glam in just a few minutes. It will continue from the first three tutorials, so for first-time readers (welcome!) I suggest you click here to check those out. As I’ve said in my previous entries, I’m not a professional makeup artist or a formally trained beauty expert by any means. I’ve come up with this series at the request of readers asking me to share how I do my own makeup. To make things more interesting, I’m giving away this fabulous 12-pc brush set from SUESH Cosmetics to one (1) reader! Details later on.
Photo from my Instagram @shailagarde. Since I have big animé eyes, I like to put the emphasis on eye makeup as seen in the last tutorial. On occasions that call for a more dramatic makeup look, I simply add more color and volume. That’s what I’ll be sharing in this how-to.
Photo from my Instagram @shailagarde. This is my usual makeup: natural-looking, fresh and dewy. I take inspiration from Korean models and actresses who always look like they just woke up after eight hours of sleep filled with wonderful dreams! Haha. There’s one thing about it that I don’t quite agree with, however—that to achieve the natural look, you have to cover up your face with layers upon layers of (usually pricey) makeup. My approach to it is pretty simple and straightforward, and definitely won’t hurt your budget.
Back when there were no beauty blogs, YouTube channels or classes, makeup was something you left to professional artists to get done right. Growing up, I had limited access to knowledge about which tools and products to use, the right look for day, night, events or shoots. DIY makeup often resulted in wearing the wrong shade of foundation, having on too much blush or enough lipstick to make a clown jealous. And then I started working in fashion, where exposure to the most talented makeup artists in the industry plus work-related research has helped me know more about makeup.
Photos from my Instagram which have gotten the most “How do you do your makeup/eyes/foundation?” questions or tutorial requests. (Thanks to Japanese Candy for the contact lenses!) I’ve hesitated all this time to do tutorials since I’m by no means an expert—until one reader emailed, “I’m asking you specifically because it’s your personal makeup technique I’m interested in, I can’t learn that elsewhere.” Hence this tutorial series! Photography by Seph Cham. I’ll be writing each with no outside reference; it won’t be about the right or wrong way to do makeup, but simply sharing the way I do mine. Also, I’ve partnered with SUESH COSMETICS and we’ll be giving away a featured item after every tutorial. On to our first!