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Diode Laser Hair Removal at SkinStation SM Marikina

Guys, this is not a paid or sponsored ad. I used my own money to pay for these procedures. 

For years, I’ve been hoping that a laser hair removal clinic would open near my place. I’ve tried a couple underarm hair removal sessions before, but because it  would take me at least an hour to get to the clinic, I wasn’t able to finish my sessions.

Now, the heavens have heard my prayer. SkinStation opened in SM Marikina this November and I was finally able to find a slot in my schedule where I can visit the place.

Upon seeing SkinStation, I was glad to see that the place looked clean and posh. The entrance and reception area was well-lit and the items they were selling were organized. The receptionist warmly greeted me and  patiently answered all of my questions.

I decided to get three packages – underarm, lower leg, and brazilian. I know the thought of laser and the feeling of snapping rubber bands to the skin seems terrifying. Even the receptionist was surprised that it was my first time to go there and I decided then and there to avail three packages and even included the brazilian. She said she would be glad to know if the brazilian was painful or not. Only a few customers have tried the bikini laser from the sound of it.

I purchased the Elite Card which costs P1,000.00 and was valid for 3 (three) years. This entitles holders to 10% discount and avail of discounted promos even if they’re not on-going. So here are the packages that I got:

  • Diode Underarm 8 sessions for P5,000 (Regular Price is P1,500 per session)
  • Lower Legs 6 sessions at P P16,000 (Regular Price is P4,500 per session)
  • Brazilian 8 sessions for P12,000 (Regular price is P3,500 per session)

Including the Elite Card, I paid P34,000.00. Right now their branch only accepts cash or straight payments. But they did mention that they’re working on a 3-month payment system for credit cards. 

My attendant started by shaving all my hair in the intented areas. This took about an hour because it had to be a clean and close shave. It’s also recommended that they do the shaving so they would know which areas they should work more laser on. 

Disclaimer: I’m used to using an epilator on myself (which is painful), as well as have been getting a Brazilian Wax for years (which can hurt like hell). Please don’t stick to my experience and think that all would be well and good. Everyone has different skin types and conditions, and pain thresholds. If you’re not sure of what you’re getting into, I recommend to try getting a wax in the areas first just to gain experience and an idea of hair removal. Or try just one session. 

I decided that we start on my underarm so I can gauge the pain of the laser. She applied a thick layer of cool gel to my underarms and started the procedure at the lowest level and upped the level when I feel that I can bear the laser. It went by quickly and with minimal pain. But take note that I have been using an epilator for years. This feels like plucking the skin using several tools at the same time so I was a bit used to removing underarm hair quickly and painfully. Yes, painfully, because using an epilator also hurts.

Next up was my lower leg, because I also used an epilator on my legs, which also hurt, we upped the intensity of the Diode quickly so we can finish faster and more efficiently. 

The last part was painful, but bearable. I frequently get Brazilian Wax and because of this I already had an idea of the pain and suffering (hahaha!) that one endures for beauty (and laser on this area). This was the part I literally felt tiis ganda. We started at the lowest intensity so I can gauge and get used to the feeling. After a few increases on the intensity, I was starting to squirm from small, but quick shots of pain, but I knew that if I didn’t bear it and stuck to the lowest intensity, it would take me several packages, yes I said packages and not sessions, before I can see a result from the procedure. 

We finally finished after two and a half hours. All in all, it was good. I was happy with the procedure and I’m glad I finally went ahead and started with everything despite the initial investment (lol). I’m looking forward to my next session and finally becoming hair-free sometime next year!

Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures, but I’ll try to take some on my next session in January. 

If you have questions, feel free to comment down below.

Makeup Used and New Makeup

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Just a little update on my makeup yesterday.

Makeup Used:
Tom Ford blush in Flush
Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet in B20
Guerlain Meteorites Compact in Medium
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Fascinante
YSL Rouge Volupte 13
 

I purchased the Guerlain Meteorites Compact the other day in Rustan’s and was gifted the Chanel PLV by boyf at the same time and place.

September Favorites

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For the first ever installment of monthly favorites, I made sure that this post will be extra special because these items will be my favorites long after September has passed.

The unpredictable and erratic weather makes my mane’s roots more greasy than usual. I’ve been scouring stores for months looking for a good dry shampoo and the Nivea dry shampoo caught my eye at the supermarket. Yes, you read that right, I grabbed this from the supermarket along with groceries. Sprayed on the roots of my hair, I just rub it to spread the mist and this does lessen the grease of my hair. The ultimate test was when I had a Brazilian Keratin hair treatment, where I wasn’t supposed to wash my hair for three days. This really helped control the grease, but don’t expect just washed hair and this will be a good addition to your hair routine.

A few months back my car was broken into and some of my makeup was stolen. The thieves were probably disappointed, but to ease my pain, I stocked on the things I lost which included face and eye brushes, foundations, primers, blushes, and lippies. After that incident, I made sure to try the Real Techniques Expert Face brush and I’ve been enjoying it for spreading cake foundations like Naturactor concealer foundation and Collection cake foundation. It gives a nice, even finish on heavy foundations.

While we’re on the topic of foundations, I was finally able to get hold of the Kevyn Aucoin’s The Sensual Skin Enhancer. Heavy-coverage concealers is what I’ve been searching for, just forever reading reviews on the best ones in the market. And yes, if you want to conceal, look no further. I also use this on my undereyes, focusing more on the inner eye because this can be drying, which we don’t want for our delicate eye skin. To prep the skin, I make sure to use an eye cream just to give a boost of moisture on the undereyes.

To keep eyeshadows in place, as well as to replace my Elf eye primer, I grabbed Painterly Paint Pot from Mac and I’m glad I made the right choice. This is a dream to apply, no need to tug my eyelids, as it’s creamy. It evens my eyelids and keeps eyeshadow wear longer. This pot will also last a long time compared to cheaper drugstore eye primers.

When it comes to curling eyelashes, I’m definitely still a noob to this, but I have the Revlon and Shu Uemura which both pinched my eyes, causing more fear and trauma to curlers. But after trying the Shiseido eyelash curler, I know that this is the perfect one for my eye shape. No matter how clumsy I am with it, it has never pinched my eyelids.

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Neutral eyes is definitely my go-to daily makeup especially as I have to go to work and meet clients. Subtle smokey eyes are the most adventurous I can do for daytime. For this, I rely on the Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Raffinement which has three shades with sheen and one dark brown matte shade which I use on the crease. I’ve been using it daily for weeks and aside from the powders on the side, it looks like it’s going to take a while before I finish this.

For women with pigmented lips, it can be a bit difficult to show the true shade of any lippie. I always go for opaque and matte lipsticks, but to prep my lips, I prefer a nude and creamy lipstick and these days, YSL Rouge Pur Couture in shade 2 is always in my makeup kit. It prevents chapped lips acting as a lip balm and neutralizes my pigmented lips.

Estee Lauder’s Forbidden Kiss has been my favorite since the day it was gifted to me. This has never left my makeup kit and it’s safe to say that this has been my favorite lipstick for 2013 until now. I’m on the last legs and I’m thinking whether I should repurchase or use up my other red lipsticks, because I’m sure that as long as I have this, I won’t have to reach for another red shade. This can be used as a stain patted on the lips or swiped for full-on vamp red. This is my hg red lipstick for my medium tan skin.

When I want something different on my lips, I discovered that I like to line my entire lips with the Collection lip liner in Clover Pink on top of YSL Rouge Pur Couture 2. Or then top it off with Estee Lauder’s Forbidden Kiss.

To change things up a bit, I included this neon green eye-catching gem necklace I picked up for a bargain at Landmark Department Store’s accessories section. I love this on a dark green top.

What are your September favorites?

Fotd: Chanel Raffinement Quad

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Lately, I’ve been trying out different eye makeup because I wanted to test the brushes and sponges I found in Landmark Department Store. I haven’t used everything just yet, but this yellow teardrop sponge is something I really enjoy using to apply foundation because it gives a nice, even finish.

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I also brought out this Chanel Raffinement quad that I’ve been ignoring, opting to use the 88-eyeshadow palette from Props and Tools Cosmetics because the latter is more pigmented.

That’s it for now.

Products:
Revlon Colorstay
Chanel Raffinement Quad
K-Palette eyeliner
Majolica Majorca Mascara
Saizen eyebrow pencil
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer 03
Burberry Peony blush
Nature Republic Big Crayon 02
Givency Le Rouge Rose Taffetas

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Because I Really Miss This Place

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Lipsticks – Mischa Signature, YSL Rouge Voluptes, Guerlain Rouge Automatique, YSL Rouge Pur Couture, Tom Ford, Chanel

Sigh

Picked up these lippies from my trip last December (!) Yup, I’ve been that neglectful pre-occupied. I absolutely miss makeup and this site.

Anyway, I moved out of my parents on February and started living on my own alone and it’s fun. Budgeting though is another story.

Money went to rent deposits/advance and furniture and appliances and savings for the next couple of months because I need to survive. And makeup is (supposed to be) the last thing on my mind. But that’s a lie 😉

Anyway, I’ll make sure to drop by every once in a while. I miss the makeup community – hi Rae (scatterbraintures.com)! 🙂

Tokyo Haul Part 3

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Hello!

This is the third installment of my Tokyo purchases. I’ll make it quick and discuss in detail only the ones I’ve tried.

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I purchased three of these with two as gifts for friends who love wearing eyelashes. I kept one for myself and actually already started wearing them on weekends. It looks very natural especially in photos.
Here’s one photo of me wearing the lashes:
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I can’t get over the fact that I only picked up one of these eyebrow mascaras. I bought this in a 99 yen store in a basement which was difficult to find. Regrets. Anyway, this does a good job of temporarily lightening my eyebrows and the color suits my hair color. Can’t beat the price at around 50 pesos.

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An eyebrow stencil I’ve yet to use. This doesn’t fit the outer edges of my brows that I have to shade above my real eyebrows which would look off. So I don’t know if I’ll really use this or just give it away.

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Used this only once. Doesn’t have oil-control properties, but does a good job at making my skin look smoother.

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Too glittery to be used on the face. I was thinking Guerlain Meteorites, but when I opened it I immediately realized I would look like a star (yes, a star) if I used it on my face. This would be used on the body though for that shiny, shimmery effect.

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Sunplay is my HG facial sunblock, but I read somewhere that SunBears does a better job at mattifying skin. We shall see. This should last me a month and a half.

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Swatched it on my hand and it was a bit too creamy for my liking. I’ve gotten used to Shu Uemura’s Hard Pencil which is fool-proof so this will need some getting used to.

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The blue ones are my favorite nail polish remover, picked a pink one from another brand to test.

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Nope, haven’t tried this yet.

That’s it for now. Thanks for dropping by!

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