Lost in Transition

000008When I started doing film photography again, I found a couple of 120 mm rolls that I never got processed back in 2011. I didn’t know what they were at the time and it took forever to find a place that processed and scanned this film format (Thank you, YKL Color Lab Sto. Domingo!). While going through the rolls, I saw a couple of shots from my trip to India that year. So far, India is still one of my most favourite places and to get certified for yoga there is still on my bucket list.

Yashica A x Expired Lomography Film

I used Lomography’s Color Negative ISO800 film (expired 2013) with my newly acquired Yashica A. Definitely not buying expired film (or possibly any film) from Lomography ever again. (tsk tsk)

The shots look pretty good though so I’m excited to work with fresh film with this camera 🙂000001 000002 000003 000004  000006   000005

Stuff I Swear By: Getting my hair cut SHORT by Lourd Ramos

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen that I got my haircut! (Yay!) Here’s a photo of me and Iza the morning before the magic happened.

I’ve had been contemplating on getting my hair cut SHORT for the longest time (say around…. 7 months?) and I never really grew the balls to actually do it til last December. That morning, Iza was telling Sir Dan about my idea of getting my hair cut as a statement for my Graduation collection. He immediately said that it was a good idea because I definitely had the face for a bold cut. Besides the fact that I got really kilig from him saying that, I became super pumped and knew then and there that it was time! I waited til January to get my haircut so that the next time my Dad’ll be seeing me would be three months later (hihi) thus he wouldn’t be able to stop me or doing anything about the haircut at all.

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Of course I knew what kind of hair cut I wanted off the bat for the ultimate game changer. Miley Cyrus immediately came into mind when I was looking for hair pegs back in mid 2014. It was definitely a big risk to take considering that I’ve had long hair all my life ’til May 2014 (when I got my first bob ever). I did INTENSE research on where was the best place to get short hair in Manila however, I wasn’t able to find any blogs on getting pixie cuts or anything shorter than shoulder length. I found this very disappointing but continued my quest (I did not settle for the first 3 pages of Google Search lol). But in the end, I still came out with nothing so what I did instead was reviewed “Best Salons of 2014” lists on the internet and went through each salon one by one.

One of the salons that came up was Creations by Lourd Ramos. I first heard of this salon back in 2011 from a customer in Starbucks who had blue hair! I was so amazed that I had to ask where he had it done. He said that he went to Creations located at the top floor of Glorietta 5 (this branch doesn’t exist anymore). I didn’t go there at the time but since then, I had heard “Creations” pop up every now and then on social media and in conversations with friends.

Upon searching Lourd Ramos, I learned that he was trained in several places abroad and that he was a new advertiser for TreSemme. He has a reputation of giving edgy and really creative hairstyles (not the usual mermaid locks, bombshell curls or super straight hair type of thing) so I was curious. There wasn’t much on if he did a good job with short hair but I read that he wasn’t the type of hair stylist that made obviously forced small talk so I decided that it wouldn’t hurt to go look for him and ask what he thought of my chosen hairstyle. I also found out that the salon had a branch along Taft Avenue! (so close to me!) so it felt like the universe was telling me something (haha).

Early January, I stopped by their Taft branch just to inquire if they knew where he’d be the following day (I think that was a Tuesday). The receptionist informed me that he would actually be in the following day and that he’d be there from 12-3pm only so if I wanted to schedule an appointment, I should definitely do so. I was a bit nervous and asked if I could have it done the following week but she said that he only comes to the Taft branch once a month! I then showed her pictures of my peg and asked her if she thinks he can do the hairstyle for me and without batting an eyelash she said yes. I looked at Ralf and asked him what he thought I should do and he said “This is it!”. Needless to say, I booked my appointment with Lourd for the following day.

Photo from their Facebook page :)
Photo from their Facebook page 🙂

I went in feeling super nervous and excited. When I saw Lourd the first time, I was a bit starstruck but weirdly attracted to his energy. When he came up to me after I got my hair shampoo’d and ask me what can he do for me today. I told him that I wanted his exact haircut to which he was shocked and asked me maybe I wanted to go for something safer a la Ginnifer Goodwin or Anne Hathaway but I wouldn’t have it. I spent 7 months mustering up the courage to finally go Miley so I will go Miley (or something similar)! I then showed him the pic below and he got really into it and said let’s do it!

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I actually have videos of him chopping my tresses off so there aren’t alot of pictures for me to show. Lourd grabbed a bunch of my hair and snipped it off close to my ear which caught me off guard but he said he did it so that there’s no turning back! I was on my way to short hair! Gaaaah!

The overall experienced was done in less than an hour. Lourd is so skillful with the scissors! He’s so creative too! He took my original peg photos and completely transformed it to something of his (and eventually my) own. He left the top of my hair long (just enough so that I can still curl it) then didn’t give me the full undercut experience because he wanted me to still have a feminine touch. He also left a little tail at the end which I grew to L-O-V-E! He was definitely genuine with me. Even if he talked alot, it didn’t seem fake at all. That and he was giving me tips on how to break the news to my parents and my Tiger Grandmother hihi.

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I told Lourd that I really wanted to learn how to do a pompadour like this so he showed me how and described everything step by step including what product I should use (but I couldn’t find 😦 ). I found that having Lourd do my hair was probably the best salon experience of my LIFE and I have no regrets going to him at all! I paid a hefty sum for my session with him (P950) but it was all worth it because the result was phenomenal:

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My hair stayed like this til night time and until this day, I have not been able to replicate the height, poofy-ness, and hold. I got alot of compliments with my haircut (and some judging looks of course) which affirmed that going straight to Lourd was well worth it.

Lourd said that if I wanted to experiment with color, I could just go back to the branch and he’ll give careful instructions to his people there about what colors to mix for me. He doesn’t want to go straight to platinum blonde like Miley but maybe to experiment first with highlights. I’ve been pretty content with my haircut so I don’t think I’ll be getting it colored anytime soon though.

I actually went back to Creations the other day for a trim and I had another stylist do it for me. It costed me around P300 and the results were different. My haircut wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t the greatest either. It didn’t have the same effect (he shaved off my tail! HUHUHUHU) with what Lourd did for me so I figured that it’s probably because he isn’t as experienced as Lourd or maybe Lourd is just that good. I’ll probably wait (and save up) til I get to set an appointment with Lourd again before my graduation or maybe try getting my trims done in their Makati branch.

But I hope this post helps all you girls who are thinking of getting your hair cut super short. I advise you to do ALOT of research and get professional opinion before committing to anything! Even if it’s just hair, you’re going to have to deal with it for a long time and it pays to be extra careful with details. I HIGHLY recommend going to Lourd for your haircut and I also recommend trying out short hair at least once in your life! Definitely a life changing experience.

Stuff I Swear By: Too Cool for School Pumpkin Sleeping Mask

So I decided to start a new series called “Stuff I Swear By” and it’s pretty much just me talking about things/people/services that I recommend. I’m sure that if you’ve scanned through my previous posts, you’ll see that I’m not the kind of person that does this sort of thing however as of late, I’ve noticed that when I try to google search certain things or services that I can avail of in Manila, there’s not enough information that’s of use to me. This series will most likely consist of products, services, people or places that may be of use to you if you live in Manila or in the maybe anywhere in the Philippines.

I’m starting of the series with this: the Too Cool for School Pumpkin Sleeping Mask. I first came across this product through Chriselle Lim’s video “My 7 Skin Care Secrets” (which you can watch here). Late last year I became really conscious about the condition of my skin. I used to have a strict skin care routine a couple of years back but after awhile I started feeling lazy which eventually led to my skin becoming really dry and acne-prone. I knew that I had to do some major damage control since I hadn’t done any TLC over the past couple of years so I went on youtube and watched a bunch of beauty videos until finally, I found myself watching Chriselle’s video.

In her video, she recommended using this sleeping pack to bed and she absolutely swore by it! In order to keep your skin looking young, you have to make sure it gets/drinks as much water as possible. This sleeping pack will keep your skin hydrated while you catch some Z’s and you’ll wake up with your skin as soft as baby’s buttocks.

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I found a Too Cool for School branch in Mall of Asia and the moment I stepped into the store, the sales ladies there greeted me enthusiastically and immediately brought me to the shelf with their best sellers. The Pumpkin Sleeping Pack was conveniently there so I was able to check out the product, pay then scurry home so that I can try it out for myself.

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The product comes in only one size at P689.00 which I was really surprised about because the bottle was pretty big! It’s 100 mL and comes in this really cute box (probably because it’s a Korean brand and they always have awesome packaging).

Man, after my first night using this, I was instantly hooked. I woke up feeling refreshed and my skin was really soft. Even on the nights when I would sleep late because of schoolwork, I would still wake up with soft skin. For the longest time, I had no breakouts and I always looked awake. My make up looked alot better too since my skin was in tip top condition.

When I apply this on my skin, I only use about a size of a 0.25 centavo. A little goes a really long way with this product. Just keep massaging it using your middle and ring finger in a circular motion. The product will spread and you’ll later find that the amount will be able to cover your whole face. Did I mention that it smells super good too? I was a bit skeptical at first because I don’t actually know what a pumpkin smells like but WOW! After a while, there were days that I just wanted to end already so that I can start getting ready for bed and use the sleeping pack again because it smelled so damn good!

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I just bought my second bottle today and it’s been around 3 months since the first time I tried this sleeping pack. Over the holidays, I had eaten alot of junk food (not a usually part of my diet at the time) and the stress levels have surged sky high since then. I started noticing that I was developing some bumps on my forehead thus I knew it was time to bring in the heavy artillery.

You can find this product in any Too Cool for School branch (SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA, SM BF Paranaque and SM Mega Fashion Hall) in the metro. When I bought mine today, the cashier gave me a free sample of the McGirly Rice Scrub (YAY FREE STUFF!) which I’ll be trying tonight. 🙂

Hope this was helpful to you! Let me know if you feel the same way 🙂