12 Free Fonts for the Helpless Romantic
I am planning a wedding (mine!) and this will come in handy for our DIY wedding invites!

12 Free Fonts for the Helpless Romantic

I am planning a wedding (mine!) and this will come in handy for our DIY wedding invites!

Tagged with: wedding · wedding planning · fonts · invitations · design ·

Hi guys, I’ve been MIA for the past week because I went to Hong Kong to celebrate my birthday with my family! BUT I’m back and I can’t wait to share with you my trip’s itinerary and highlights in the upcoming posts. Anyway, before I share my travel adventure, I’d like to share another adventure: going blonde-ish.

I wanted to go blonde again before the but my go to hair color, Etude House’s Bubble Hair Color in Golden Blonde, was out of stock everywhere. I searched in their Eastwood and SM Megamall branches, but all the sales ladies said that there would be no stock for a month. Again. I think this was the second time in 6 months that it was out of stock when I went searching for it. (Note to self: haul Golden Blonde when it comes back in stock for future use).

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Defeated, I decided to just drop by at Watsons to get myself a box of Palty’s Bubble Dye. Then something new caught my eye, rows and rows of Beautylabo hair dyes in a lot of colors with lots of stocks. And the best part: they’re worth P239 a box. That’s half the price of any other Japanese dyes out there. According to the box, 1 kit is enough for shoulder length hair. So I grabbed two boxes, just to be safe.

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Beautylabo is relatively new in the Philippines. They formally launched last July when they popped up some stations featuring free hair color application in several SM branches. I can’t really find much about the variant of the hair dyes that they’re selling here except that it’s same with the ones in Thailand. When you Google Beautylabo, the packaging and the color codes are so different. This is my first time to try out a product without any reviews.

I chose the lightest blonde shade they have, Honey Blonde, because I was going for the bright blonde look. The golden shade in the photo is a little scary but based from previous hair coloring experiments, my hair doesn’t really turn up as bright as in the photos. Or maybe this time it will. Oh well, on with the coloring.

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The kit contains 1 cream colorant pack, 1 cream developer bottle, 1 nozzle, a pair of protective gloves and an instruction leaflet. (Note: no free cape and after color treatment!) I decided to just cover myself with an old towel in lieu of the missing cape. 

The steps for applying this hair dye is the same with other Asian hair dyes. Mix the colorant with the developer, shake well, apply to dry hair from roots to tips, and leave on for 20-30 minutes. I ended up using the two boxes because one wasn’t enough. But I only got halfway through with the second one. I also did not follow the time required. I had it on for like more than an hour before I rinsed it off. Anyway, here’s how it looks like after, compared to my before hair.

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(Please note that these photos are not true to color because I have yellow light at home)

Gasp! It looks really scary orange at home and the after photos are crappy. My black roots are goooone.

To compare the results more, let me show you some before photos. Photo on the left below was taken inside the office with white light, photo on the right was taken “outdoors” with natural light from the big windows beside me. 

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My hair used to be yellowish indoors and light brown outdoors. The upper half is darker than the lower part because I can’t get it to lighten as much. So what I have is like a gradual ombre color. Hahaha.

Here’s a photo of my hair, 8 days after applying it.

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My hair is significantly lighter! Photos above are taken from Hong Kong (look at the mini me beside me! Hahaha)

My ultimate goal when coloring is to achieve the same shade of color all throughout. Did I achieve it with this dye? No, but the top is significantly lighter than before. But I still like the gradual way it lightens to the bottom. If I could only just lighten the tips more I’d have a three tone ombre. Haha.

What I like:

  • Affordable - At P239 per box, this is probably the cheapest Japanese hair dye in the market 
  • Easily accessible - They are available in Watsons and SM Department stores and hopefully they won’t run out of stocks easily.
  • Easy to squeeze bottle with nozzle is so much easier to apply than those with pumps or spatulas
  • Smells great
  • Great color payoff!

What I don’t like:

  • No free cape - It does not come with a free cape so I used a towel. My towel looks yellow now.
  • No after color treatment included - One of my favorite thing about Asian hair dyes are the free after color treatment packs because they make my hair feel better after coloring.

There is one thing I didn’t add up there but my hair felt super damaged days after I used it. I guess it wasn’t the product’s fault because my roots felt super soft but the bottom part of my hair felt so brittle after. Must be because of all the dyeing my hair endured.

Will I repurchase? I think for its price, this one worked better than Palty. So yes I will. It’s great for covering the roots. I might just use one bottle next time for that and soak half of my hair in that color. And remember not to keep it on for 20-30 minutes only! If I do want to try a change in color, I might try Creamy Ash using two bottles.

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Photo taken as screenshot from Beautylabo Philippines Facebook page

Beautylabo hair dyes are available in 8 colors: Raspberry Pink, Pure Beige, Natural Blonde, Creamy Ash, Natural Back, Candy Apricot, Honey Blonde and Dark Brown. They are available in Watsons and SM Department Stores. Like theirofficial Facebook page for more updates!

Finishing: Cropped Cardigan for 2013 - Ravelry entry

This project has been sitting in a box for more than a year. I don’t exactly remember why I dropped it, must be all the seaming left. But this time, I promise this will be completed :)

Hi everyone! I’m introducing a new series in my blog where I share one of my favorite things, #food.

My fiancé and I love eating out and trying new restaurants. Most of the restaurants in this list are found in our neighborhood, Kapitolyo. We are so lucky to live in this thriving area where food tripping is a must. We, as budget conscious foodies, make sure that all meals costs around Php 500 for both of us, so this list doesn’t include a lot of high end places.

So, without further ado,  in no particular order here are my good eats list for the month of July:

Avi (soft opening)

Where to find it: D*Strip, 20 United Street, West Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

What we had: Chica Cherry’s Creamy Clam Chowder (Php 145), Crisanto’s Chili Con Carne (Php 155), Lola Soledad’s Buttered Shrimp Agoile (Php 190)

For me, Avi is one of the best restaurants in Kapitolyo. From the home-y interior to their budget friendly food, there is nothing to hate. Their food costs at around Php 150 to 200 but their servings are good for two already. We over ordered that night because we didn’t imagine that the servings would be that big.

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Mee Noodle Bar and Restaurant

Where to find it: Ground floor of Le Grand Tower 1, Eastwood City

What we had: Mee Goreng which costs Php 300 for the sharing size. We didn’t even get to finish it because there was a lot for two people.

This is another gem found in Eastwood. This will probably be our go to place if we wanted Asian noodles for lunch (random fact: we work in Eastwood City). I’d love to try their Kare-Kare Noodle next.

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Pho 24

Where to find it: E Rodriguez Jr Avenue, Libis, Quezon City (near Eastwood City entrance)

What we had: Fresh Summer Rolls (Php 99), Beef Brisket Pho (Php 179), Grilled Chicken and Fried Spring Rolls with Rice (Php 295)

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Kanto Freestyle Breakfast

Where to find it: 1st Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

What we had: Bacon and Eggs (Php 90)

Oh the beauty of walking distance establishments from your home never gets old. I don’t know why I’ve never ventured to this place until last week when I was feeling sick and wanted breakfast food in the afternoon during a storm.

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You wouldn’t expect plates of such beauty come out in a restaurant situated in a garage (definitely, hole in the wall) and costs less than Php 100. I am in love. I want to try everything that they have. Like really the best breakfast place ever.

Crepe Man Cafe (soft opening)

Where to find it: 1st Street cor San Rafael, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

What we had: Mango Nabana Crepe (Php 100), Blueberry Crepe (Php 95)

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Crunchy crepes! Yes, their crepes have this really crunchy crust, make sure you eat it while it’s hot so you can enjoy the yummy goodness!

Greek Kouzina

Where to find it: D*Strip, 20 United Street, West Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

What we had: Lamb Shoulders (Php 580), each entree comes with a free siding of your choice. Our choice: Greek Pita Salad. Sidings are priced at Php 195 each.

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So great. The lamb is cooked really well. Their entrees are big, for 2-3 people. Will definitely come back for more!

Other restaurants tried but didn’t quite make it to our faves:

Bobby Box

Where to find it: GF, Le Grand Tower 1, Eastwood City

What we had: Bulgogi box (Php 129)

I love Korean food but their food is just meh. Although it’s quite cheap.

FOMS Sizzling and Grill

Where to find it: #6 San Rafael Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

What we had: Liempo and Barbecue (can’t remember the price, but they’re around Php 80-100 each)

The best thing about this restaurant is that it’s just a minute away from home. Maybe even less than. But there is nothing really special about their inihaw.

Tomahawk Chops and Grill (soft opening)

Where to find it: 56-A East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

What we had: Tomahawk Chops (Php 295) upgraded to rice to “dirty rice” for an additional Php 25

Okay, the chops are really tasty. People would even love this place. But personally, I don’t feel that shelling out Php 320 for a big chunk of porkchop is worth it.

Work In Progress: Pineapple Dollman Top - Ravelry entry | Pattern

I started this during the onslaught of Typhoon Rammasun (locally called Glenda) because there was no work, no power and nothing to do. I worked on it for hours until there was no light. I guess I’m a really slow crocheter because I worked on this for hours and finished only 10 rows. Or that the pattern seems to be growing every row.

The pattern is relatively simple but I keep making errors and only find them when I’m already working on another row. I hate frogging rows but I need to or else it will not look good anymore.

I try to add at least one row every night and at this pace I’ll finish this top in a month and a half. Wish me luck!

What’s on your hooks?

Tagged with: diy · crochet · handmade · projects · wip · work-in-progress ·
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