Monday, October 22, 2012

Perfect Indoor Prenup Location in QC: Studio Namu

I remember during the habagat a few months ago, I had a client who cancelled her appoinment with me twice for a prenup photoshoot because she cannot find a nice indoor location for the pictorial. If only I had known Studio Namu at that time, I could have recommended it to her because this is the nicest studio I've ever been...seriously!

My November bride, Joan, had her prenup photoshoot at Studio Namu last week. She asked me to do her hair and makeup there and stay for retouch. The studio is located in an old-looking building near The Sulo Hotel. It was actually easy to find. See instructions on their Facebook page.


Studio Namu is Korean-owned. The props and displays in the studio are all imported from Korea.
There are A LOT of props in the studio which you can use for free if you rent the studio. You actually do not need to bring anything if you don't have a peg. 


Reception area


Inside the dressing room. There's a lot of wedding stuff here from fake flowers, hair accessories, coat, barong, umbrella.


The umbrella is too cute. It's perfect for the vintage setting.


Studio Namu has 14 settings. Each area is so useful for photographs.
















I love the makeup station there!

I wish I have a talent in photography. I could have captured the beauty of the place even better. Good thing I found some shots of my client their staff took during the shoot on their Facebook page. Nice noh?











That's me in action! hehe

Hair and makeup by Kim Tan-Rodriguez, wedding makeup artist

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Have you subscribed to Glamourbox yet?

Want to get a box with 5 samples of high-end international beauty, makeup, haircare, bodycare or even makeup tools every month? I do! Isn't it a heartbreak when you spent your well-earned money on a product that you won't like after using. Well, this is a perfect way to try out those expensive products without spending too much. Have you subscribed to Glamourbox yet? I find Glamourbox the coolest monthly sample subscription of all. Subscriptions for the November box is now open so what are you waiting for? Hurry because the boxes are limited.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Food Tasting at Fez Bar and Resto

A break from my usual makeup artist escapades and beauty post. Last week, I was invited to participate in a food tasting event at soft launch of FEZ bar and restaurant located at Serendra, Fort Bonifacio High Street. 


 First question of the bloggers I was with that day was: "Why is the name of the resto Fez?". According to Kenn Velasco, one of the owners, Fez is the third largest city in Morocco. It was a concept choice because it represents a wide range of Mediterranean, Arabic and Northern African cuisine. The decors of the place will give you more Moroccan feel when you dine at this place.


 One of my favorite cuisines is Mediterranean so guess how I loved the food here :)

  Pita Platter

Pita Platter. Pita breads served with 4 kinds of home-made dips: L-R Baba ganoush, Hummus, Garlic Yoghurt, and Tomato Sauce. I love the Garlic Yoghurt and herby creamy Baba ganoush. Super bagay with the pita bread.

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Roasted Pumpkin and Harira soup. This is a sampler size. See below for the actual size of the order.

Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Both are very delicious. I cook pumpkin soup often for my baby but theirs is way better. But if I'm going to dine again at Fez, I'll order the Harira soup. It's extraordinary.

Couscous Salad

Cous cous salad. It was my first time to try it. I thought it was shredded cauliflower but it's actually a pasta.

Merquez Sausage

Merquez sausage. I love it so much! The sauce is spicy with caramelized onions that made the meat so delicious.


Tender Beef Bites. Chunks of US tender beef marinated and pan seared with tons of garlic

Chicken Beef Kebob

Moroccan  Kebab. Beef, Chicken or combination served with cous cous and grilled vegetables.

Ribeye Steak

Rib Eye Steak. Angus Ribeye grilled and sauteed with marble potatoes and baby asparagus.

Fried Cheesecake

Fried cheesecake with Vanilla ice cream. It sounded weird but it's sooo good. One of the participants even commented that she'll go back to Fez just for this. It's one unique and good dessert.

Of all the dishes I tried at Fez, I liked the Rib Eye Steak and Fried Cheesecake the best.

Fez is now serving lunch and dinner, the food faire ranges from salads to steaks. Price ranges are considered affordable. After dinner, Fez transforms itself into your neighborhood bar with cold beer and strong drinks. A signature drink is called "Flying Tiger" which is a combination of 13 liquors (a trade secret) till this day. 

It's located at near Powerbooks store at Serendra, Fort Bonifacio. If you like modern Mediterranean cuisine, try it and I'm sure you'll love it!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Straight Wear Treatment at Straight and Smooth Salon

If you follow my Facebook Portfolio page, you know that I had a hair treatment at Smooth & Straight Salon over a week ago. I was really amazed with the result but I was holding this post for the past days because I want to see if the effect of the treatment really lasts. Now I'm ready to tell you how my vist at Smooth & Straight Salon went.


I was born with straight hair. But during my mid-20's, I experimented a lot with my hair which made my hair dry, wavy and frizzy. It's still the same now especially after giving birth, hair care and salon trips were less prioritized. But I promised myself to get a hair trim at least once every three months after getting this hair makeover. In the photo above, I was resting a bit as I was out the whole morning before going to the salon.


This is Ms. Hondy, the head stylist of Smooth & Straight Salon. After assessing what treatment my hair needs, she told me that the Macadamia Straight Wear is the perfect treatment to revive my hair.

I like that before the treatment, I was educated by Joy of the benefits and what to expect of the treatment. She also gladly answered all my queries as this treatment is new to me.

Macadamia Natural Oil is made of Argan Oil and Macadamia Oil. Argan oil is rich in Vitamin E and Omega 9 which helps damaged and over processed hair. It also helps abused hair which have been exposed to heat and pollution. Onthe other hand, Macadamia Oil is rich in essential fatty acids and natural antioxidants. It has the same almost the same qualities of the oil found in our body which is why it is easily absorb by the hair.

Straightware by Macadamia Natural Oil provides Healthy Formaldehyde FREE Hair Smoothing Therapy that lasts up to 4 months. It has the special blend of Macadamia Natural Oil combined with Quinoa seed and Gingko Biloba that revitalizes hair. It improves moisture and strength, transforms curl and frizz into smooth silky hair. It also intensifies color and shine of the hair. We do not recommend for it to be used on pregnant and or nursing women or clients that are experiencing brittle and/or hair loss. It can not be used on clients that have level 6 colored hair (very light color), bleached hair and gray hair.


This is their shampoo area. I like it's simple, clean and straight-forward feel (the salon over-all). My hair was shampooed using Straightware Purify Shampoo in order to remove the impuritiesand prepare the hair for the Smoother application. Then, my hair was towel-dried up to 50%.


The Straightwear Purify Shampoo and Straightwear treatment


Then the treatment was applied on my hair and wrapped with this plastic cap. I was told that the treatment will be left on my hair for 20-30 mins which gave me time for some snack and read magazines to catch up on the showbiz chika :)



Without rinsing, my hair was blow-dried up to 100%. Then they ironed it to seal the treatment.


And the result is shinier, oh-so-soft and lighter hair. It also made the color of my hair more visible. I like that my hair is so straight now but with volume.

For after care, I was asked not to shampoo for 3 days, blowdry and iron once if my hair gets wet accidentally, no pins, no ponytails, no tucking of hair on the ears, and I was given a travel-sized Macadamia Natural Oil Rejuvinating Shampoo and Macadamia Natural Oil Moisturizing Rinse Conditioner which are both color safe, paraben-free and sulfate-free to maintain my Straightware treated hair.


Earth also had her treatment that day. I was happy she was there too because it was like a salon-trip with a barkada. We chatted the whole time. We were with the people behind the Zulusibs Inc., Ms. Joy Sison and Mr. Jaton Zulueta, on the photo above. Zulusbs Inc. is the sister company of Piandre Salon. They supply high-end beauty products in the Philippines and two of their flagship brands are the Keratin Complex by Coppola and the Macadamia Natural oil.


My after care: Macadamia Natural Oil Rejuvinating Shampoo and Moisturizing Rinse. I was using these two ever since the treatment. They're color-safe, sulfate-free and paraben-free. The scent is divine. It's so good but not over-powering. Try it and you'll find yourself wanting to shampoo more than once a day haha (that's just me).


My hair after 6 days. It's still straight but bouncy :D It's soft and easy to comb too. What I like most is that it cured my dandruff. I've been suffering from it for a month already (I think) because I used the same shampoo for two consecutive weeks which resulted to dandruff (it was my problem ever since). I don't know if the Macadamia Natural Oil is supposed to do that but it did and I'm so happy :D What's also great is that the treatment process was also fast with a longer result.

Straightware Treatment starts at Php3,500-4,500 for short hair; Php5,000-5,500-for shoulder length hair; and Php6,000 and above for longer hair. It's now available in Straight and Smooth Salon, David's Salon Ruby Road, David's Salon Stana Grove, Famous Salon at Ermita and Piandre Salons.

If you want to set an appointment at Straight and Smooth Salon, here's the no. to call 759-5105. It is also  located at G/F Vernida I Building, Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City.