I had the perfect, glowing flawless skin that did not require any whatsoever Make Up. It happened twice in my life during pregnancies. I had to use a magnifier to find the slightest imperfection on my face. Those times are gone and gave space to under eye dark circles and to the oh-so-hated pimples. Genetics? Pollution? Lack of sleep? Too much sugar in the coffee? Too much coffee? A balanced, healthy lifestyle is on my every day list. While sometimes I make it and sometimes I don’t, I learnt a few beauty hacks in between so that I could always achieve glowing, flawless skin without getting pregnant 🙂
When I was a grumpy teen, the solution to nasty pimples was getting in the bathroom without turning on the light so that I would not see them in the mirror, in my fourties I am no longer escaping from the imperfections, but taking care of them with the best tools I know.
Here is one: A Colour Me Beautiful Corrective Concealer Wheel
Let me show you how it works through the awesome short video (just one minute) that I created especially for my followers. As usual, video viewers will be rewarded with a special discount. Just click on thelink, simply enter PAVLETA10 in the COUPON CODE section at checkout and you will receive a 10% DISCOUNT
I am using mostly the yellow and the mint green. What are the colours that you need the most?
Lavender – to counteract yellow tones, brighten dull and sallow skins
Mauve– to counteract brown tones, brighten dark/age spots and dullness
Mint green – to counteract high colouring (redness), broken capillaries, rosacea and sunburn
Yellow – to counteract ‘purple’. Use to cover mild redness and under-eye dark circles.
Achieve a flawless look in two easy steps:
Step 1 – Dot a neutralizing concealer on carefully and blend with your fingertips slightly past the edges of the problem.
Step 2 – Follow with a foundation matched to your skin tone. Pat on foundation with a sponge or fingertips in a downward motion so you don’t make the hairs on your face stand up. Let set. And apply powder.
The Morning Light Foundation is another one of my favourite Colour Me Beautiful Cosmetics. I love the feel of this liquid foundation as well as the coverage. It absorbs and blends really well and it gives a flawless and natural finish. What is interesting about this product is the light-diffusing complex that deflects light from the surface of the skin thereby minimising the visibility of fine lines, wrinkles and discolouration. Just click on thelink enter PAVLETA10 in the COUPON CODE section at checkout and you will receive a 10% DISCOUNT
And, if you are running out of blush and just in case you would love to look healthier, younger and radiant, take the chance to try Colour Sense Mineral Blush from Colour Me Beautiful. That’s the one I am applying at the end of the video. Get it here. Same discount details apply.
Dark circles, pimples and 10 years off my face 😉 Give it a try! You will love it!
You should try microblading. The technique of implanting pigment after the creation of fine incisions in the skin may date back thousands of years, but the term microblading was forged only in recent years and the service became a real trend amongst beauty and style devotees around the world. This year, for the first time in my life, I decided to get rid of the eyebrow pencil and frame forever (or almost) my face with a pair of perfectly designed eyebrows by one of the Hong Kong microblading gurus, Patrick Henri.
Let me share my experience through the awesome short video (just one minute) that I created especially for my followers. Of course I want you to read the full blog, but I know that you guys love visual 😉 Besides, video viewers will be rewarded with a special discount.
Simply mention ‘Stylisheyebrows’ when booking your appointment and you will get:
a free of charge consultation and an anti allergy test against pigments;
a special price of 4,300 HK $ (full price 4,800) valid until September 30, 2018 (1st session needs to be completed by September 30, 2018)
Here is what you wanna know about Patrick’s Microblading services:
The shape of the eyebrows is personalised, according to client style and needs;
Procedure is done in 2 sessions, 3-4 weeks apart;
Organic pigments from Germany and Holland are used (they do not contain Iron Oxide);
The experience is painless;
Healing time is approximately 7 days depending on client’s aftercare routine. Heavy sweating and contact with water during this time should be avoided (no boxing, cross fit under the sun and no swimming pool, but hey, you can still have a glass of prosecco 😉
Anti bacterial, anti fungal aftercare is available at the studio and should be applied to speed up the healing process.
And since your beautiful face and the destiny of your favourite hairy spot on the face (just guessing you are not lovingly growing a moustache) will be in Patrick’s hands, I am sure you want to know a little bit more about him:
Patrick Henri is originally from Belgium (now you have one more reason to like the country, producing the best chocolate in the world, if it is ever possible that something food related is better than in Italy 🙂 Sorry, Patrick…Hm… is this the reason why Patrick lived in Milan for 18 years? Although I am sure he enjoyed everything about Italy, Patrick spent his time learning Make Up techniques while working for some of the best fashion brands we have ever heard and representing them around the globe, Versace and YSL. He is in fact an incredible Makeup artist and a devoted trainer with 20 years of experience. Patrick studied Microblading, also known as feathering in London, Hong Kong and Korea. His clientele is from all around the world. In two words: JUST TRUST THE GUY!
Here is me, before the treatment:
And here you can see the beautiful, naturally looking eyebrows Patrick designed on my face. Cheers to him!
You can find Patrick Henri at his own beautiful studio:
ABSOLU PURE By Patrick Henri
88 Commercial Building
10/F, Unit C
28-34 Wing Lok Street
MTR Exit A2 (easy reachable)
By now I am hoping you are completely convinced that microblading is not some sort of a complicated, scary, painful operation. I am telling you, it is scarier to get rid of unwanted hair…ask your husband…he’d rather get a tattoo 😉
Do you like the idea of creating a pair of flip flops that are as unique as you are? This summer, uplift your mood and style with a pair from Lavulous Workshop, the only place in Hong Kong where you can become the designer of your own flip flops and turn the most casual of shoes into a stylish one.
But hey, let’s focus on the awesome video below. Of course I want you to read the full blog, but I know that you guys love visual 😉
First things first, I called the Lavulous beautiful creations beach essentials because I believe that the beach is no place to compromise with style, but these gorgeous step-ins can easily transform into a key ingredient of one’s every day casual-wear mix. Wear them with casual shorts or capri pants, with jeans or casual short skirts or even with maxi skirts and dresses and step into your favourite summer activities with style.
Now, I really feel like sharing with you a couple of important rules I think it is good to follow when designing your own personalised flip-flops:
Rule number one:Less is more! Not an easy statement, I admit, and, I am telling you, I adore colour and all-things-blinky …but I am saying this because I am certain that the impressive variety of fun pins, flowers, butterflies, Swarovski rivets and clasps will make you feel like decorating the whole strap…stick with a couple or three accessories on each side instead and you are good to go 🙂
Rule number two:More is more! If you are doing this with your children, and unless you want to ruin the whole fun, let them choose whatever sole and strap colour they fancy and pin whatever accessories they want, dolphins, soccer balls, flowers, letters…If, at a certain point you start feeling dizzy and unsure that the activity will ever end, here is what you can say “Honey, I love your design, but aren’t your flip-flops getting a little bit too heavy? Let’s stop now ’cause you will not be able to walk with them” . If this still doesn’t work, tell them you are gonna buy ice-cream 😉 . This statement works for kids the same way ‘Let’s go have a glass of bubbly’ works for me 🙂 Bubbly mama promise!
Let’s take a moment to go through the whole flip-flop designing process.
First, you get to choose the sole and the strap colour. You might think it takes a lot of imagination to decide what combo looks the best. You are wrong. Look at the picture below. I was quite impressed by the simple geniosity of this tool. It works like a Chinese rotating dining table, just what goes around here aren’t noodles, but straps. Even if you completely lack of imagination, there is very little room for mistake as you will see exactly how your flip-flops will look. Quite handy, isn’t it?
Now it is time for ….hands on. With the help of the Lavulous assistant, your straps will get in place while you are selecting the accessories. Click this, pin that and in a few minutes your new funky flip-flops are ready to walk you out of the shop. Just stretch your toes and be joyful!
Here is what I created: two pairs for my beloved feet, one for my son and one for my niece. For those of you who are wondering where is the pair for my eldest son. Well, he wanted to design it himself and he followed the more is more rule! Good boy!
Here it is, my eldest son’s creation 🙂 You can tell what he really loves, blue, dogs, dolphins and his…name, which is actually good.
I am guessing that by now you got really excited about Lavulous and creating your own flip-flops. One last advice, do it with your girlfriends or with your kids and call it a party, a themed party 😉
As I woman, I always look for something stylish, unique, of great quality, that I will wear and the people around me will go ‘wow’. I use the same concept while shopping for clients or visiting new places. Finding a hidden gem in a city like Hong Kong, packed with hundreds of thousands of shops and showrooms or a tiny new store in an island that I know like my pockets…the feeling of instant gratification is the same. In this blog post I want to share with you my favourite selection of shops in Boracay, but before that… I want you to relax on a sunbed in the best hotel of the island, Discovery Shores Boracay (click here to become one of the thousands readers of my tripadvisor review). Now feel the ocean breeze, the tireless sun caressing your skin, sip from a glass of chilled white wine and enjoy the stunning sunset while joyful Filipinos take long walks on the beach and amazed tourists seal the romantic moment with their cameras.
Feel the moment! Now you are tuned. Happy Shopping!
Credits for this wonderful video go to Jesse from Jees Studios. Reliable, quick, professional and creative. Thanks Jesse!
I will begin with THE GENERAL STORE at the Coast Hotel, located at Station 2 Beachfront. One of the relatively newly opened stores in the island, The General Store deserves a big shout out as it offers a tasteful collection of products, all crafted by skillful Filipino artisans. It is guaranteed that a chic globetrotter will be able to find a stylish accessory for herself or for a loved one here. Whether you are looking for a new piece of swimwear, a cute and practical resort beach tote, a beautifully printed beach towel, a funky piece of crochet jewelry, or some natural skincare products, make sure you pay the General store a visit. You will thank me later.
My favourite pics? A Basi towel, pretty and practical at the same time, this tropical product is a sarong on the outside and a towel on the inside. Stay dry and cozy will showing some style 😉 Price 1580 PHP
And, a…beach bag! I have been looking for a chic beach bag for very long time…I finally found it just the way it was pictured in my head. Roomy enough to contain all your beach essentials, with a zipper so you do not spill them, long handles so you can even carry it as a crossbody if you need your hands free for a selfie 😉 in a neutral colour that will not clash with any of your colourful beach looks… What more do you want from a beach bag? Reasonable price? Gotcha! Can be yours for 1530 PHP
Store location: Station 2 Beachfornt
THE BAMBOO SHADES STORE
Here is my number 2: THE BAMBOO SHADES STORE. As the name suggests, this retailer offers bamboo polarized eyewear in a variety of shapes and colours. You can choose between a pure bamboo frame or a style with bamboo handles only. The polarised lenses of most of the shades have uv 400 protection. Filipinos just proved to the world that bamboo is not only for pandas, scaffoldings and outdoor lounges….My favourite? A pair of mirror shades in yellow with polarised lenses and bamboo handles. Mine for 999 pesos. I just added more buzz in the sunglasses drawer. Prices start from 799 PHP. Check them out while strolling at D’mall Boracay.
Store location: Station 2 D’Mall, Boracay
At number 3 in my list comes LAWISWIS with their selection of natural and organic skin care products. This tiny store at D’mall Boracay has been around for 15 years…long enough to proof the quality of their products. I have been buying from them for 10 years…natural sun blocks, after sun lotions, mosquito repellents, facial masks and scrubs, vegetable soaps, essential oils and even toothpastes. And if you are cocconutty like me, i am sure you will love their virgin coconut oil. Stock up before you leave the island as you can use this multitasker for all your beauty needs.
My favourite? You know the answer 😉 Did I not just mention that I am cocconutty? I stocked up with 2 liters of the precious liquid as I use it to prepare my own shower gel, body lotion as well as sun block…all natural. Click on the link if you want to spy on the recipes I use for my favourite sun block and many more coconut oil based products.
Store location: Station 2 D’Mall, Boracay
At Number 4 comes THE ISLAND SOUVENIRS. T-shirt lovers, look no further. Are you going after excellent quality? Funky, vibrant design? Affordable price? A personalised tee? All of the above? Whether you are browsing for yourself or for your bestie’s toddler, a tee from this retailer is one of the best ways to remember the beautiful tropical island of Boracay or to bring just a tiny bit of its spirit to someone special. Prices start from 199 PHP.
My favourite? Hm, hard one…anything with tropical fishes, sunsets and divers 😉
Store location: Station 2 D’Mall, Boracay
At number five of my list comes ISLAND GIRL. Almost every piece in this colourful, jazzy store is either a best seller or…sold out. Get your gift list ready before you hit it. Get your wish list ready too. Fancy an embroidered clutch? How about a tote with a fun quote? Their products are mainly made of natural materials such as pandan, rattan, beads and shell and are handcrafted by local artisans. Trade your flip flops with a pair of their sockies sandals, hand-crocheted and handmade, your feet will definitely get the spotlight!
My favourite: All the Raffia embroidered envelope clutches. Price: 995 PHP
And a cute beaded wallet as a gift for my niece. Price: 395 PHP
Island Girl Store, D’Mall Phase 4, Boracay
A Piece of Green Store, D’Mall Phase 2
Island Girl Store @ Azalea Resort Boracay, Station 2
The General Store @ The Coast Boracay, Station 2
Regalo Boutique, Shangri-la
Needless to say that HAVAJANAS MONOBRAND STORE is also in my list. Their flip-flops are the most popular in the world, with 200 million pairs being sold every year. Now this is what I call a global brand and a never dying trend and all the members of my family are stubborn ambassadors of their footwear. Even our sausage dog, Vittorio loves Havajanas for…snack 😉
My favourites: Slim havajanas in a solid colour. The beautiful prints do not work well for me as my beach looks are generally vibrant and colourful and in this case more will be just …too much. Gear your baby with a new pair by spending 949 PHP or find your soul havajana. Prices fro adults start from 899 PHP.
Station 2 D’Mall, Boracay
Havaianas – All Flip-Flops by the Beach Station 1, Boracay Island
Regalo Boutique Shangri-la’s Boracay Resort and Spa
Another veteran of D’Mall Avenue, D’AMOUR has been around for over 10 years, offering sophisticated seashell handbags. This family run business is yet another one of my favourite shopping spots on the island. Prepare to be asked the ‘where did you get that’ question when you carry their beautifully crafted bags. And, be generous, buy one for your best friend too 🙂
My favourite: A shell bag with ring. It could be mine for 2300 PHP, but I had to let go. Reason? I bought a similar from D’amour last year. Now loving shopping definitely does not mean keep buying the same thing all over again. Don’t you agree?
Store location: Station 2 D’Mall, Boracay
NOTHING BUT H2O
Last but not least in my selection of favourite shopping spots in Boracay comes NOTHING BUT H2O. If you do not compromise with your style at the beach, make sure you upgrade your bikini drawer with a new piece from this retailer. Not only they offer the most in vogue selection of bikinis and one-piece swimsuits for the ladies, but they also have a wide selection of funky swimwear for men and kids, luxury resort wear, beach blankets, shoes, sunscreen and even stunning temporary tattoos for the most adventurous beach chicas out there.
My favourite: A turquoise bikini for 10280 PHP. Ouch! I know. But great quality and design come with a great price tag too ☺ You can always buy just a beach blanket for 2495 PHP or add a little sparkle and shine to your beach looks by buying a set of temporary tattoos from Flash Tattoos for 1495 PHP. I promise you will feel like a diva.
Store location: Station 2 D’Mall, Boracay
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