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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Nuat Thai Libis

If you follow me on twitter (@CharYellowYum), you have probably read my tweet yesterday that I was going to get a massage and I will try out a spa near our place. So I did and I am so glad that my amma and my mum recommended this place to me.

I actually always pass by Libis- everyday when I go to work and I always see Nuat Thai. However, the outside turned me off just because it doesn’t look like a spa from the outside. It’s at a second floor of a commercial bldg. Little did I know that a secret sanctuary awaits.

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I initially wanted to get a Thai Massage with Oil (P250+50) and Nuat Thai Foot Massage (P250). I initially asked if I can have my foot massage in the same bed as my body massage and they said yes.  I was told that the oil will only be applied on my back only. My therapist suggested getting a Swedish Massage (P350) instead. Their version is a combination of Swedish and Thai and the massage oil will be applied on my entire body. I happily agreed.

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At the reception area, I was asked to choose from Eucalyptus, Green Tea and Lavender massage oils. I chose Lavender.

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The interiors were very serene. It was quite dark wit just a few warm lights. But I personally love that. I feel it’s more relaxing this way. They played very soothing "spa" music.

I was then escorted to the washing area where my therapist, Eva, washed my feet in preparation for my massage. It actually reminded me of my Thai massage back in Bangkok. That’s also what they do before the massage. I liked Eva because she was not shy to suggest things. She suggested that we do the Swedish massage first before the foot massage because she would be asking me to lie on my back first then on my stomach. I appreciate little things like this. :)

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I love the foot scrub that she used It was very minty, so it felt cool on the skin.

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After washing,  I was led to my room. Since I was going to get a Swedish massage, my room had a normal bed (meaning it had a bed structure?!) For Thai massages, this is a photo of their room:

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My room was very very dark at first. Eva said that there’s a hole for my face and when I searched for it, it had a thin cloth and at first I tried to stick my face in there with the thin cloth covering my face. I think this is probably done for sanitary purposes or something. However, I found it hard to breathe. Haha! So I opted to remove it when I was already being massaged. :)

On to my massage, Eva asked me what kind of pressure I wanted, moderate or hard. I said hard, but when she started massaging me, I realized Eva was very actually very strong, so when she asked me if the pressure was okay, I told her “sige, moderate nalang pala.” Hahaha! The whole body massage was soooooo relaxing. I wasn’t able to doze off though. I don’t know why. I would have wanted more pressure points to be pressed but the massage was really good. She started with my legs moving to my back. She mostly used kneading technique to massage me. It was really good. And another plus point? After massaging with oil, she put some kind of minty powder. This obviously removed the sticky and oily feeling right away.

When I was asked to turn, she proceeded with my legs and my arms. And after which, she excused herself to get some heating pads for my lower back and my nape. When it was time for my foot massage, I was already very very eager. I didn’t see, but she used some kind of tool. I think it’s a pointed wooden stick or something like that to help with the foot reflexology. I asked my foot massage to be hard and it was so sooo good. I liked the wooden stick that she used because I am very very much addicted to foot reflex and pressure points. She also massaged my feet with her hands too. I fell asleep probably along half from the treatment.

When I woke, she was already preparing (sanitizing her hands) to massage my head. This I wasn’t so happy about just because I wanted more!!!! I felt like the head massage was just for 5 minutes, though of course I don’t know how long it really was for. Apart from my feet, I hold a lot of tension and stress in my head and getting my head massaged relaxes me 100%. I realized I should have told Eva to concentrate more on these areas. :/

After the massage, Eva ever so gently tapped my shoulder and said that the massage is finished, asked me if I wanted water or hot tea and told me she’ll just come back to wake up later and to relax for a few minutes.

After napping for a couple of minutes, I decided to go already since H would be picking me up. I went and used their wash room first and took a photo to show you how clean it is too.

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As I went out, back to the reception, my hot tea and face cloth were already waiting for me.

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Overall, my Nuat Thai experience was very good- superb! I definitely would bring my husband there. I would want to try their Thai Massage also. But I will definitely definitely go back for the foot massage! I would have to say it’s in the running to be my favorite foot massage in Metro Manila. I’d probably have to go back once more to test it one more time before confirming and awarding it my most favorite. Haha! :p

So if you guys are from the area, or you want a quality massage with cheap prices, Nuat Thai is a winner! :) I know they have other branches too, but Libis branch is the only branch I’ve tried so far.
I’d love to hear your experiences too or your other favorite spas. Share with me. :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

His & Her Shoes

It’s a start of another week and time really goes by fast. I can’t believe we’re already starting July a few days from now. Before we know it, it’s already the Ber months!

Anyways, I wanted to two of my hubby’s new gifts for me. He got me two pairs of SHOES! :) H is all about comfort. He would buy a more expensive pair as long as they’re very comfortable. I, on the other hand, same with other women, would go for beauty and the look of the shoes first. I would buy and wear killer heels if it looks really really pretty. :p

So it all started the first time we went out of the country and I had a difficult time with the pair that I brought with me. He insisted I buy new ones especially when going out of the country because we would always walk. And our walks are 30-40 minutes long a distance!

For our honeymoon, he bought a pair of Sanuk sandals for himself and decided I should get one too.

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And we fell in love with Sanuks so just early this year, since his shoes were already messed up and he had to threw it away already, we purchased another pair of Sanuk. And again, he got me one too. (My previous Sanuks were are still okay and I still use them.)

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Our second pair were actually matchy matchy. We just chose different colors but they were the same design/style. :)

Just recently, we went to SM Megamall and I visited one of my current favorites Etude House. While I was inside, H went to the store beside it- Naturalizer. He already scouted shoes and just when I went out of Etude House, he pulled me to Naturalizer to show me a pair that he insisted I get.

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It’s my first time to own a Naturalizer and I have to say I am very impressed. It's a little expensive (P3,000+) but it was very comfortable. The soles had a type of gel so when you walk it’s very soft but still gives you support.

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Since it’s in their sport line, I think this is good for walking which is really what I need. I have been wearing this almost everyday since I got it. :)

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And just a few days ago, we were in Robinsons Galleria. I told him that I think he should get a new pair of shoes so he could alternate them so that they won’t get ruined easily.

We ended up seeing the Buy 1 Take 1 sign in Happy Feet. When we went inside, I found a cutesy pair of sneakers and showed it to him. When he tried it on he said that it was comfortable and the soles are soft. He bought one and told me to get one too for the promo.

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Guess what color is his and what’s mine. :p
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He got the black one and I got the red. I told him I have always wanted to own a red pair of shoes so I got it. H actually calls it our Kung Fu shoes. :)

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202 Sneakers Plain
P1,799.00 (Buy 1 Take 1)

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For the price, it’s a great bargain! I haven’t worn mine yet though. But knowing how H is when choosing shoes (quality and bendability is very important), I know that this is a good pair. :)

So that’s it! As you can tell, all of the shoes that my hubby gave me were all "comfy shoes". Her says I have too much pretty but not that comfortable shoes already. And I think it fits my lifestyle now. I mean my days are pretty simple and I run around do errands all the time so being comfortable and supporting your feet is important. H and I, we really are partners in everything. Haha! :) Till here, ciao! Have a good day!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Quick Transformation from Fun to Sexy

Here’s a little tutorial that I made on how to quickly transform from a fun makeup to a sexy one by just changing your lip color. This is actually something that I normally do- change lip colors.

After priming and putting on sunblock, I used Skin Hour Mattifying Day Cream, blend your chosen foundation with a stippling brush to make it natural looking. I am using Loreal True Match Foundation in Golden Beige

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Next is to set the liquid foundation with loose powder. I am using Dream Minerals Setting Powder in Angel.

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Next is to do the concealing process. Click here for the steps.

Then it’s time to groom the eyebrows. Fill the sparse area and shape with eyebrow powder. I am using Modelco Eyebrow Powder in Dark.

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After brushing to distribute the color, I apply MAC Browset in Beguile to set the eyebrow powder. It lightens and keeps the powder in place the entire day.

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Now onto the eye makeup, using a satin beige color for all over eye color:

Apply it on to the eyelids with a large eyeshadow brush:

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I wanted a little sparkle so I added shimmer by using my Etude House Bling Bling Eyestick and added it near my lashline.

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Next is a darker color, in my case a matte tan shade to add depth to the eyes:

Choosing a medium sized eyeshadow brush, I place the color on my outer v.

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Using a small eyeshadow brush for easy control, Apply the same darker shade to the lower lash line, concentrating on the outer part.

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It should look like this:

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Of course blending is next. This is very important to soften the harsh edges of the darker crease color.

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Now for highlight, I chose an off white shade because I wanted the look to be natural looking and I find off white shadows are perfect for this.

With an angeled brush, sweep it to the browbone and blend it lightly with the crease color.

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Using a gel eyeliner, apply it as closest as possible to the lashline. We don’t want it to look to obviously lined. I used LuLu Makeup Brown Gel Eyeliner.

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While waiting for it to dry, I moved to my face. I contoured my face using Fanny Serrano Two Way Cake in Rajah. I applied it to my cheeks, jawline, and blended it to my temples.

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Since I have a small nose, I also contoured it using the same product but with an extra small eyeshadow brush.

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Blush is next! I chose to use two blushes, a cream blush and powder blush. For the cream blush, I chose NYX Cream Blush in Glow. Stipple it and blend the edges with your fingers.

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Set with a powder blush. I chose a shade close to the cream blush.

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Lastly for the face, highlight! I highlight my cheek panes right above the blush color and apply a little above the eyebrows and the bridge of the nose. I used Etude House Secret Beam Highlighter.

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Going back to the eyes. Curl and apply mascara. Since I wanted a natural look, I chose to use Maybelline Long Extreme Stiletto Mascara to lengthen my lashes.
 
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Showing the eye makeup:

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Now for the lip color:

For the fun look, I chose my most fun and dramatic shade, Careline Lipgloss 103. And here’s what I came up with:

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I would wear this look when meeting with my friends. Even though the lip color is quite shocking, I still feel I can pull it off. The focus is all on the lips since we kept the eyes a little neutral and simple. This would be a great day time look or dinner with the girls!

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Now for a sexier look:

I knew I would go for red lips that’s why I kept the eye makeup simple. And when wearing red lips, it’s important to line the lips first. I am using Etude House Soft Touch Auto Liner then applied my red lipstick with a lip brush for precise application.

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And here’s my look:

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So maybe I don’t look “sexy”, but I think with red lips- it just screams romance. I would wear this for a dinner date with my husband or even for a party. It just looks more dressed up than the previous look. But I still like!

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Tell me what you think and which you like better. :)

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