Hair

Bleached Babes Don’t Fret!

To those religiously following my blog, you know how adventurous I have gotten with my hair over the past years.

My hair is naturally straight and dark with a beautiful plethora of brown shades and if I remember it correctly, I started coloring when I was 22. Since then, it has gone through a variety of colors, cold perms, digital perms, highlights with side bangs AND full bangs!

Of course I give it the healthy break every now and then so thank God it has not violently taken its revenge on me just yet!

After my highlights, which lasted for a good 1-2 years (thank you Christine Salon Luxe), I finally made the decision to get a balayage.

According to Elle, Balayage is a French word meaning ‘to sweep’ or ‘to paint’. It allows for a sun-kissed natural-looking hair colour, similar to what nature gives us as children.

The balayage hype has bid the days when stylists used foils during the process of coloring hair goodbye.

Balayage and more modern techniques of coloring such as baby lights, involve working with the client’s natural hair growth, shades, and tones.

The term “paint” as I find it, is more suiting; the technique, more artistic in my point of view. It is an art to get done so I DO NOT ADVISE DOING IT AT HOME. This is nothing like your tutorial for using boxed hair color or shampoo dye. Get it done right or regret it.

I had mine done at Blush Beauty Bar. Honestly, when I walked in the salon, I had no idea what I was getting. I told the stylist that I wanted shades of gray and he suggested a balayage so balayage it was! Lol.

Immediately after a good three hours (which felt like a whole day) got me questioning why I was a woman and why I was doing this to myself, my hair initially appeared like this:

I wish I had gotten a better suggestion on the root color though as I would’ve liked it a tad darker.

I was not a fan of the initial blend so much but I decided to wait out for the color to seep in, appear more natural, and for the green tinge to slightly fade. If you do not understand how this works, you can refer to the image below (photo taken from Quora.com. Credits to user Kanchan Negi)

See when naturally dark hair is bleached, it usually takes on a slightly yellow to a dark yellow hue depending on your hair and the number of bleaching process it goes through so putting gray on top might lead to greens.

Anyhow, I had zero idea on bleaching before getting this balayage so it was a new experience and learning for me altogether.

The color was fine until my recent trip to Taiwan when I started getting these yellow, ugly tones called brass on my hair and it got to a point when I looked like I was shining along with my khaki coat on photos! Lol. It felt less like having a halo on and more like having an unwanted spotlight on me (send help!).

So I did some research and found out that it’s not the salon that’s to be blamed. They did their job. It’s just that bleaching requires toning every now and then to maintain its color. And that’s how purple shampoo and I met.

You barely find this holy grail in Iloilo (I found a brand at SM and a friend told me of another she saw at Robinson’s but I won’t recommend them because I haven’t tried the one at Rob and the one at SM disappointed me) so I ordered mine off of the internet through Pimp My Hair PH on Instagram.

I placed my order last March 23 (I was in dire need of purple pigments already!!!) and it reached me last March 29.

I went from this:

To this:

In a matter of two washes. I know, crazy what these products can do, right?

PURPLE SHAMPOO IS THE BOMB! There is indeed a solution to every problem and I honestly love the shade better now as everything looks more natural and blended.

If you want to understand how this works, you can refer to the color wheel below:

As you can see, purple is opposite yellow so it basically neutralizes it. The purple shampoo did leave a few strands purple but that will eventually fade in a few days.

The bleached hair is basically dead now and waiting for its grave but that is when no heat curls are actually best! The curls I have for both photos are done with no heat and I’ll be writing about that soon along with tips on how to care for bleached hair.


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Life

An Open Letter To The Love That I Always Had

Today marks the 31st Anniversary of my parents and this brings about my comeback to blogging.

Maybe I have withdrawn from writing for months now because I have always felt vulnerable whenever my thoughts and feelings were put into an actual, solidified material. To some degree, whatever was put to paper felt like the replay of a moment for me and as rock-solid as I may seem from the outside, I am a hard dramatic actress in “my moments”. Heck, I can even win an award from the countless times I’ve cried in front of the mirror; one cheek tear at a time. Lol. But nevertheless, this one’s an exception.

To this day, I admit that I’m still on the process of figuring out what love really is but seeing my parents’ love story has made me look at it in a more realistic rather than a romantic way.

I’ve come to realize that it isn’t about the romantic walks on the beach nor is it the candlelight dinners you celebrate under the stars. It isn’t anything like a dance in the rain or a song written for you with the right words, the perfect tempo and the flawless notes. It might not always be about the number of years but it will always be about the times that you made those years count.

It’s a choice that you consciously make every single day of your life. It’s about letting go of your pride and your ego. It’s when all you have left for this person is just understanding, understanding and even more understanding. It’s when you decide to settle a fight when all you wanted to do was strangle the person the moment you found out about something that he/she did. It’s about second, third, fourth chances (of course at a certain temperament) and forgiveness that keeps no record of wrongs. It’s ugly crying in the rain and singing amidst off tunes and broken records.

It’s quite an irony to think about it. How back in the days, when development was not yet a thing, communication wasn’t as complicated as it is now. Does this then defeat the purpose of what it was originally made for? Or are we simply wasting opportunities?

Years ago people showed up on time during meet ups and didn’t rely on the fact that they can simply call or text to make the other person wait. LDR worked even without video calls and FaceTime and thoughts got carried out even if text messaging didn’t exist. Photos were not taken in burst mode but were counted in films. When resources were numbered, it didn’t make us waste anything; not time, not effort, not moments.

Those days were gold. I hope people never learned the art of taking things for granted.

To cap it off, the fights, the tears, the arguments were all but a part of their beautiful love story and as to how it has lasted for thirty years and more has made me hopeful– that no matter how crazy this world may get, how the dating scene may change for the worse in the coming years, I got a chance to witness a love that was real and it will never be impossible to find the same for me. It may be difficult and the road may be long, but it will NEVER be impossible.

My love story might still be on the works. One, two, three years from now, who’s to tell. Maybe I’ll find a cat to live with me on top of a mountain or something. Lol. But one thing’s for certain; I was born out of love and that alone is enough to make me smile. My existence now is a proof of how much people can love and give in their lifetime. You are forever my pillars, my source of strength, my very own Romeo and Juliet, and it will always be out of love that I will write about your story. Happy 31st!

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Anne Travels: The Pyramid Cebu

The Queen City of the South is taking your gastronomic experience to the next level by bringing in international architecture inspirations to Cebu. A trip wouldn’t be complete without good food so let’s get the tummy talking!

ABOUT THE PYRAMID:

The Pyramid opened last March 31, 2017. It is a multi-cuisine, casual wine and dine restaurant that exudes a relaxed-classy ambiance. Both interiors and exteriors might look intimidating but the prices are actually pocket-friendly. They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between!

The restaurant is open from 10:00 AM – 3:00 AM daily and extends to 4:00 AM during Fridays and Saturdays.

THE MENU:

Salad- PHP220-245
Sandwiches- PHP220-240
Burgers- PHP245-280
Snacks- PHP220-450
Pasta- PHP190-240
Pizza- PHP280-330
Favorites- PHP160-399
Beverages- PHP40-275

Due to a little time crunch and the pressure of checking it off the bucketlist, we came there at around 3:30PM for merienda and ordered their 3 Cheese Pizza, Carbonara, Pyramint Quencher and Sunrise Twist.

Our orders came after 10-15 minutes; not bad.

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I firmly believe that a 3 Cheese Pizza would not be complete without Blue Cheese so I was really happy to see it smiling back to me when they served it. Also, you see that dip on the left side over there? That was heavenly! It was a tangy-honey dip which just satiated my taste buds like crazy. Sweet and salty blend deserved 10 stars!
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Their carbonara was perfectly cooked and seasoned. It had generous amounts of cheese and mushrooms which I realllllllly loved!
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The Sunrise Twist (left) and Pyramint (right) were their best-sellers and were under “MOCKTAILS” on the menu, which means that these are imitations of alcoholic drinks but had 0% content of it.
LOCATION:

The Pyramid is located at Central Bloc, West Geonzon Road, IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City

 

PHOTOS:

Of course, my blogging would not be complete without #OOTD shots in this Louvre- inspired architecture. Hope you take some ideas from these photos and tag me on Instagram when you do (@annefermano). I’d love a good exchange of ideas!

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BONUS PHOTO: My hungry face. LOL.
FINAL RATING:

10/10. Contrary to what people on Facebook are saying, I’m actually delighted with the customer assistance, service time and quality of the food that they are serving considering that it is also very affordable for such a fine looking restaurant. The ambiance is also a plus point. Customers have a choice to either dine inside or enjoy Al Fresco dining.

 


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Life

Anne Travels: 10,000 Roses Café

What excites me to go back to Cebu are the seemingly endless options of tourist spots that pop out of nowhere during the year. These attractions stir up a good topic on social media and keep tourists like me on our toes for the next hype!

ABOUT THE CAFE:

Owned by Mr. Miguel Cho, a 28-year old Korean interior designer, the café is comprised of 10,000 artificial LED-powered roses and is said to be better viewed from dusk to night.

The café opened its gates to the public in February this year and was a result of Mr. Cho’s yearning to bring a part of his hometown’s famous attraction, the 20,000 Lighted Rose Garden in Dongdaemun, South Korea, to the Philippines.

He envisions it to be a symbol of love and even plans to set up fences where couples can participate in a famous, romantic, international practice of leaving locks to symbolize their affections.

THE MENU:

Salad- PHP250
Panini- PHP350
Pizza- PHP300-320
Snacks- PHP220-450
Pasta- PHP320-400
Coffee- PHP110-145 with a single standard size comparable to “tall” at Starbucks
Smoothies- PHP180-220

We just had varieties of their iced coffee that day since we went there after lunch time. Coffee was good, taste was comparable to Dunkin Donuts’ coffee; nothing exceptional.

LOCATION, OPENING HOURS AND FEES:

This attraction is located at Brgy. Day-as, Cordova, beside Lantaw Floating Restaurant. It opens from 10:30 AM to 11:00 PM daily and has an environmental fee of PHP20 to help maintain the cleanliness of the place. The fee was imposed only after a lot of trash has been found in the surrounding waters with thousands of people flocking the place during its first few days. About 500 LED roses have also been reported bent or cut during the opening.

TOP THREE OPTIONS ON HOW TO GET THERE:

• PRIVATE VEHICLE – Of course the most convenient way is to bring your own vehicle. Fastest route as per Google Maps would be at 1 hour and 4 minutes with a 20KM distance (starting point taken is Fuente Osmena Circle).
CAB – Taking the cab would be a good option for tourists like me who value convenience over cost. From the city, you can go for a metered taxi ride costing PHP250-300 depending on the traffic. Maximum allowable capacity per cab is 4 pax.
•  V-HIRE: From SM City Cebu Terminal, you can take a V-hire for P40/person. Go down at Cordova Grandmall and take a tricycle going to 10,000 Roses Café (P10/person).

In our case, we took the cab.

HOW TO HEAD BACK TO CEBU CITY:
While a lot of blogs talk about going there, not everyone talks about going back to the city. If you took a cab to get there, you can only get lucky when someone takes a cab and gets dropped off at the exact time of your departure as well. However, since that is not the case most of the time, you can do as we did.

Take a trisikad from 10,000 Roses for PHP20/person to get dropped off at the Cordova Proper and take a Van for PHP100/person to be dropped of at SM City Cebu. The trip will take about 53 minutes to an hour.

PHOTOS FROM THE TRIP:

Here are some of the creative shots we took; we played with different angles and even natural double exposures! Hope you take some ideas from these photos and tag me on Instagram when you do (@annefermano). I’d love a good exchange of ideas!

Café Shots:

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Field Shots:

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I guess the sunset/night magic is yet another reason to come back in the future. By then I can hopefully make a good comparison.


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Life

Why careers are not made of Gold

My trip to Boracay last June 23, was a rather simple one and the best part about it was nothing sort of unusual. You’ll understand soon enough.

Me and my friends just planned for a trip to Aklan to visit one of our close friends from high school and Boracay was a side trip suggestion which we eventually pursued.

At this year and age, I guess I’m over the cliché: “What happens in Boracay, stays in Boracay.”

Sure, the days and nights you spend there will be one of the fondest, happiest, most carefree moments of your years. The island is home to a lot of fun water sports, activities, and not to mention– overflowing booze.

But the island is an island to its right. The magic of my trip happened during my last night there when mother nature decided to show off that day and left us with a rather breathtaking view.

Boracay’s sunset is certainly one of the best out there. If you want to witness its glory, you can go to the beachfront at around 4:30PM.


During that hour, you can witness the dramatic call of the ocean to its waters to recede and return back to its heart, to which the tide’s natural ebb seem to nonchalantly whisper back with soft waves as if to say “yes”.


It is also during that day’s lowest tidal cycle that you can leave beautiful footprints on the beach’s shore.


Walk a little longer and you will see natural water flows that remain on parts of the sand, rushing, untamed to the ocean, as if catching the last train back home.


You see all sorts of photos there: on print, as point and shoot, and in front of you. The people on the island are as diverse as the world and they paint pictures with their eyes.


You see families that are trying to make the best out of their parent’s retirement and their vacation leaves, lovers who make silhouettes look better in pairs, children left alone to play and dirty the sand, and friends separated by years but kept together by ties.


It was also in this beautiful moment that I got one of the best news in 25 years– I was ranked number one by the Company I have been wanting to work with since graduation. Yes, I got the call.


I went to the island with a few hours of sleep, anxious about the final interview that I had the day before, and unprepared (talk about having to use a single pair of clothes for sleep. LOL. I know, crazy!). I have just retired from a job that I kept for almost 4 years, simply directed by my faith and my strong will for something better, something bigger than money.

For those asking, I handed in my resignation letter to a company that I have worked with for almost 4 years last April 24, and it was undoubtedly one of the most difficult decisions of my life. I was at the seat of complacency; I could already do my end of the month reports with one eye open and I wouldn’t have to worry so much about my output because I knew that I always worked with a heart.

In the end, I don’t want to think of it as a lost for neither me nor the company. Rather, it was time to move forward. We were giving each other the gift of both growth and resilience.

I was contacted by the “heavens” for a vacancy last May 3 and I ended my job with my previous company last June 16. I got the good news last June 25.

You see, right after graduation, you feel the urge to prove something to the universe and more often than not, this comes in the form of cold, hard, cash. There is no denying how much you wanted those numbers in your bank account.

As there is nothing wrong with wanting to be able to provide and give back to your family, your view of what a career is in the long run somehow changes and you realize that career is not measured in golds.

The good news came to me in rum drunken skies and a scenic farewell of the sun– a striking metaphor that affirmed the definitude of my decision to quit my previous job.


It was a beautiful soliloquy of the dusk and the heavens made sure I heard it.

I’ve always believed that we never really lose something and that things simply had to happen because there is a greater force in this world that knows this job called life better than we do. My faith has always carried me through and brought me to greater heights and experiences; it always will.

Funny how timing took its toll. I’m so happy and ready for this fresh start. To those of you who are thinking about making big career decisions: resignations, asking for a promotion that you deserve and shifting careers, do not be afraid to take a leap of faith when you feel like it is right. Of course you have to weigh your opportunities and financial status in the process.

“Success comes when opportunity meets preparation.” I couldn’t be more prepared for this job than I am now or than I was 5 years ago right after I graduated regardless of my achievements. The law of attraction only works with the right timing– never too early and never too late. You have to learn how to trust the universe and its echoes. It will be beautiful, I promise.


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Accessories

On Trend: Turbans

Turbans have an Eastern origin working previously as a protection for both the sun & the sand and as part of a religious costume. As you may observe, it covers the lining of the hair up as it is supposed to allow the forehead to touch the ground during prayer.

Turban fashion began in the late 18th Century and progressed to the early 19th Century when trades with India brought about its use as a fashion accessory. It then made its way across England and France.

It rose to popularity in 1910 as a symbol of eastern glamour and became a staple in evening wear and represented elite societal hierarchy.

One notable comeback of the turban was in the second Sex and the City movie and it has then been worn again in catwalks and fashion shows.

However, I believe that turbans never really vanished from the scene. Yes, it might have been dormant but it was always worn by the fearless few who can work the look. I personally think that the turban is a symbol of confidence and only women who are most comfortable and accepting of their features can own the look.

Today, turbans have taken a more modern twist and a variety of fabrics, colors, prints and shapes have been made available to the public. These ones that I found were just worth PHP35 each! They were the last ones so I took both colors and got away with a huge smile on my face.


They do not really require you to cover your whole head with the fabric these days and they are more versatile and comfortable. Here’s how I chose to wear mine today.

I also find doing an inverted bun at the back is perfect for this look. You don’t always have to put your hair down. Pick out a few loose strands for the perfect messy look and wear those bangs proud!

I hope I inspired you with the look and if you have your own versions, you can contribute to this article by sending them over to the comments section! I’d love to see your creative outputs.


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Beauty & Skincare

My Favorite Local Facial Mask

My recent collaboration with Vitapack PH led me to discover my favorite local facial mask to date. If you have been following me on my IG and FB, I have posted several facial mask videos and have also mentioned my preference for those containing Collagen and Snail Secretions for their effects on the skin’s elasticity and influence on hydration and moisture.

I almost always go for Korean brands since most of the local brands have failed me in the kind and amount of essence provided in the pack. The finish/ result alone is also very disappointing.

Vitapack PH’s Facial Masks not only met my expectations, they even exceeded it!

Product Description:

Vitapack Collagen + Arbutin + Q10 Perfecting Peptide Facial Mask is the perfect treatment to rejuvenate your skin. As skin matures, it becomes thinner, begins to sag, and develops sun and age spots. Our facial mask will let the ingredients of collagen, arbutin, and Q10 sink into your skin, helping boost energy production in the cells to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and skin blemishes. This mask promotes fairer, brighter and smoother skin tone and texture, and helps restore and maintain the elasticity of the skin. The result is immediately supple, radiant, and beautiful skin.

Price: PHP110/ pack


The packaging is simple, yet very informative. Upon opening, the whiff of the essence just smelled so inviting. I am such a fan of clean and mild scents so this was very appealing to my senses. There was a generous amount of essence inside and I even got to use it to moisturize my neck and arms. This was also the first facial mask (locally and internationally) that I got to try that snuggled comfortably and perfectly on my face, not much excess sheet and nothing less than what was needed for the coverage. I was surprised it even covered my brows and perfectly ended just right above my eye.

What I like most about this product is it did lessen the inflammation of my “regla-pimples” on my chin the following day. You can say it really did a great job!


Rating: 100/10

Will I buy this product after the samples? Yes most definitely!

I will be writing about their 8-in-1 whitening lotion on another post. If you want to try this facial mask to see the results for yourself, you may check them out on the ff. links:

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ZALORA– You can use my code “ZBAPT33L” upon checkout for a 15% discount!
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