The Style Mermaid by Kisty Mea

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • How To Look Good On A Cruise
I’ve never been on a legit cruise, but if I were, I’d like myself to be still presentable at all times… especially when I’ll be exposed to the sun and saltwater wind 24/7.
Since cruises are a glamorous way to spend a vacation; tropical islands will provide amazing backdrops for photographs but though the sights might be spectacular, you’d still like the foreground – ie. you – to look equally jetsetting. But with all that sea spray, hair-tangling breezes and constant traveling, how do you stay looking ship-shape on a cruise?
Take care of your skin
On deck, the sea air can dry skin. If you’d gone on a mountain-climbing expedition, rugged might be a good look, but you’ll be wanting a healthy glow and a gleaming complexion for the ship’s poolside and those social nights on cruises, so keep a can of facial spritz near to hand and ensure make-up or creams have at least an SPF30, to avoid aging sun damage. 
A regular moisturizing routine at night is also essential for skin to stay smooth and retain a fresh look. Use your normal product so skin doesn’t have any reactions and if you can’t find travel-size bottles in the product range, decant your moisturizing lotions and balms into mini tubs and containers. Take advantage of spa facilities found on many cruises for professional attention and luxury indulgence. Relax while having a manicure and pedicure to make hands and feet soft, and you’ll be ready to get out on deck again in no time.
Avoid hair hassle
Wear styles that suit you and don’t get a new cut before you go which you don’t know how to handle. Consult your stylist if you’re heading off to humid or unusual climates and get some appropriate products to protect your hair. Use hairbands and scarves to keep hair in place during the day – look for accessories with nautical stripes and anchor motifs if you want your style to be in keeping with the sailing theme! At night, go for cute weaves and braids or let curls tumble. Make sure you’ve packed some gel or hairspray to hold a style in place.
What to pack
On cruises to warmer climates make sure you have lightweight, natural fabric garments to keep you cool. Think floaty dresses, kaftans and palazzo pants, and team cotton crop tops and neat Capri pants with comfortable sandals that allow air to circulate. Don’t forget to add in some funky sunglasses and enjoy your cruise!

How To Look Good On A Cruise

I’ve never been on a legit cruise, but if I were, I’d like myself to be still presentable at all times… especially when I’ll be exposed to the sun and saltwater wind 24/7.

Since cruises are a glamorous way to spend a vacation; tropical islands will provide amazing backdrops for photographs but though the sights might be spectacular, you’d still like the foreground – ie. you – to look equally jetsetting. But with all that sea spray, hair-tangling breezes and constant traveling, how do you stay looking ship-shape on a cruise?

Take care of your skin

On deck, the sea air can dry skin. If you’d gone on a mountain-climbing expedition, rugged might be a good look, but you’ll be wanting a healthy glow and a gleaming complexion for the ship’s poolside and those social nights on cruises, so keep a can of facial spritz near to hand and ensure make-up or creams have at least an SPF30, to avoid aging sun damage. 

A regular moisturizing routine at night is also essential for skin to stay smooth and retain a fresh look. Use your normal product so skin doesn’t have any reactions and if you can’t find travel-size bottles in the product range, decant your moisturizing lotions and balms into mini tubs and containers. 

Take advantage of spa facilities found on many cruises for professional attention and luxury indulgence. Relax while having a manicure and pedicure to make hands and feet soft, and you’ll be ready to get out on deck again in no time.

Avoid hair hassle

Wear styles that suit you and don’t get a new cut before you go which you don’t know how to handle. Consult your stylist if you’re heading off to humid or unusual climates and get some appropriate products to protect your hair. Use hairbands and scarves to keep hair in place during the day – look for accessories with nautical stripes and anchor motifs if you want your style to be in keeping with the sailing theme! At night, go for cute weaves and braids or let curls tumble. Make sure you’ve packed some gel or hairspray to hold a style in place.

What to pack

On cruises to warmer climates make sure you have lightweight, natural fabric garments to keep you cool. Think floaty dresses, kaftans and palazzo pants, and team cotton crop tops and neat Capri pants with comfortable sandals that allow air to circulate. Don’t forget to add in some funky sunglasses and enjoy your cruise!

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Travel Arsenal: Must Bring Items
Traveling light and efficiently is a skill that a lot of people, including myself, still needs to master. But I also noticed when we do travel, we tend to focus on the trivial matters, such as what are we going to wear. Between the panic and chaos, we tend to forget the little things that has utmost importance. 
So, let’s start with the basics. Here are the top five (5) items that we should always bring whenever we travel.  
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1. Passport + Government-issued IDs
You can’t go out of the country without a passport. Your passport serves as your World ID, so keep it close and safe at all times. Before you leave the house, make sure you have your passport with you (along with your travel itineraries).
If you don’t have a passport, now is the best time to get one because you need one if you want to join the Big Blog Exchange 2014! HOW TO GET A PHILIPPINE PASSPORT?
For students: it’s advisable to bring your student ID because you’ll be entitled for discounts. 
2. Money + Plastic Cards
Cash is still king, but it’s better you come prepared by bringing a bunch of your plastic cards with you. Don’t forget to call your bank before traveling!
A lot of credit cards are often partnered with a frequent-flier program. You can convert your card’s reward points to miles, which you can use for future travels.CHECK WHICH CREDIT CARD IS RIGHT FOR YOU!
3. Camera + Memory Cards
A camera provides the biggest souvenir you can bring home. Not only will you be able to take photos of the places you’ve visited, but also the memories associated to those photos. One day, you’ll look back and remember.
You don’t need a high-end camera to take spectacular photos. But I recommend getting a camera that works well in low-light, so you can still take amazing shots even at night. 

4. Phone + Powerbank
I use my iPhone to capture photos I post on Instagram. And I also use it to communicate with my family, if ever we got separated during our travel or in case of emergencies.
If you’re a heavy user, I recommend getting a high quality powerbank for your device. I’m currently using a Valore Shell 6000 mAh Powerbank, which can provide two (2) full charges.

5. Comfy Shoes
Traveling abroad means lots of walking. So invest in comfy shoes, like a pair of Converse or Toms. I don’t recommend high heels unless you’re a witch, and has found a magic spell to survive 10-12 hours of wearing them.
I also recommend that you bring flip-flops or open-toe sandals. You can use these inside the bathroom (in case, the bathroom floor is made of glass-like material… to avoid injuries), when it’s raining or going to the beach.

How about you? What are the other things you think is vital when travelling? I’d love to hear your thoughts, explorers! 

Travel Arsenal: Must Bring Items

Traveling light and efficiently is a skill that a lot of people, including myself, still needs to master. But I also noticed when we do travel, we tend to focus on the trivial matters, such as what are we going to wear. Between the panic and chaos, we tend to forget the little things that has utmost importance. 

So, let’s start with the basics. Here are the top five (5) items that we should always bring whenever we travel.  

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DIY Project: Chart Your Travels

Here’s an affordable way to log your travels. All you need is a corkboard (but I used a styrofoam that cost PHP50/$2), a world map, glue and a bunch of pins. A colored push pin will do but I’ve decided to use flag lapel pins that I purchased from their respective countries (except for England, but that’s where I bought my vintage map!) to give that authentic look. :)

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Life in a Nutshell #78
Sometimes, you just need to find a reason — any reason — to get out of bed and live again.
Lately, I find myself collecting back issues of Travel Now (formerly known as Travel) magazines. I also invested in a Midori Travel Journal, a refillable notebook for travelers who have a free spirit.
JP and I loves a good challenge. So we tried Mystery Manila's Chained Chamber and has successfully escaped the room in less than an hour. We make a pretty good team.
I’ve been reconnecting with my college friends. Last Saturday, we went to BF Aguirre for an impromptu cupcake (friendly) date at Larcy’s. I absolutely love their Valrhona Triple Chocolate! Yum!
It’s been a long time since I was able to catch the sunset at JP’s place. I kinda miss this. I miss him.
Taho date with my favorite boy on a Thursday morning.
Blonde hair, heart-shaped glasses, nautical top. Summer is here. Summer is forever.
Disclosure on the 24th. Not my kind of scene but I absolutely love their music. Who’s going?
Don’t you just love productive afternoons? Learning something new, writing your thoughts, and just having a “me” time. 

Life in a Nutshell #78

Sometimes, you just need to find a reason — any reason — to get out of bed and live again.

Lately, I find myself collecting back issues of Travel Now (formerly known as Travel) magazines. I also invested in a Midori Travel Journal, a refillable notebook for travelers who have a free spirit.

JP and I loves a good challenge. So we tried Mystery Manila's Chained Chamber and has successfully escaped the room in less than an hour. We make a pretty good team.

I’ve been reconnecting with my college friends. Last Saturday, we went to BF Aguirre for an impromptu cupcake (friendly) date at Larcy’s. I absolutely love their Valrhona Triple Chocolate! Yum!

It’s been a long time since I was able to catch the sunset at JP’s place. I kinda miss this. I miss him.

Taho date with my favorite boy on a Thursday morning.

Blonde hair, heart-shaped glasses, nautical top. Summer is here. Summer is forever.

Disclosure on the 24th. Not my kind of scene but I absolutely love their music. Who’s going?

Don’t you just love productive afternoons? Learning something new, writing your thoughts, and just having a “me” time. 

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Brazilian Blowout Experience
My hair, despite all the bleach jobs it went through, can still appear healthy even without using any styling tools but it’s better if I do because the ends give away the illusion. Now, I’m quite blessed that I was given such strong hair but that doesn’t mean I should constantly push my crowning glory to the limit. After several bleach jobs, my hair is just thirsty for an intense TLC. 
So despite the lack of funds, I took the plunge and had my first ever and definitely certified Brazilian Blowout treatment at Envy Me Salon. It’s my first time to avail a service in their salon, and given how meticulous I am with my hair, I’m glad that they’re knowledgeable with what they’re selling. 
The Process
The first thing they did was shampoo my hair to remove any dirt and residue. This is to help my hair receive optimal smoothing result. Then they started dividing my hair into sections and applied the treatment from root to tip. Once they’re done, they let the solution be saturated to my hair for 15 minutes. 
The next thing they did was blow-dry my hair without rinsing the treatment off. There was no visible steam or smoke but the product did sting my eyes. :(
Then they straightened my hair using an iron to further seal the product in. During this time, I wondered what’s the difference between the blow dry and hair iron. So I’ve touched both areas, and the iron made my hair look shinier and it really did felt smooth and softer. For a split second, I really felt like I was one of those hair models on TV! 
At this point, they were supposed to rinse my hair and apply a 60-second masque to further seal the treatment but I said I had to leave for an appointment. The stylist said it was okay, and just recommended that I wash my hair the next day instead. They did, however, applied the smoothing serum to detangle and add shine to my hair prior to the final blow-dry. :)
It’s been almost a week since I had my treatment and I’ve got to say that my hair did improve a bit. First of all, it was so much easier to detangle my hair! And my hair is sooooo softer now. :) I highly recommend this kind of treatment to anyone who needs to pamper their crowning glory!
Things To Know
The difference between a Keratin treatment and a Brazilian Blowout are the procedure and products being used. I honestly prefer Keratherapy than iCure for keratin treatments, because I think Keratherapy is safer and ideal for girls with curly hair. (Google iCure Keratin and you can barely find any information, just links to deal sites!). 
A Brazilian Blowout is smoothing hair treatment. It will straighten your hair for a couple of weeks or months only, depending on how you take good care of it. If you’re interested in getting a Brazilian Blowout, check if your salon or stylist is certified. The should be using the Acai Professional Line (bronze color bottle) and not iCure or Keratherapy. And the procedure should follow what’s stated on Brazilian Blowout website.
Envy Me Salon is located at the 3/F West Wing of Robinson’s Galleria. If you’re interested to get a treatment, please call them at (02) 576 4716

Brazilian Blowout Experience

My hair, despite all the bleach jobs it went through, can still appear healthy even without using any styling tools but it’s better if I do because the ends give away the illusion. Now, I’m quite blessed that I was given such strong hair but that doesn’t mean I should constantly push my crowning glory to the limit. After several bleach jobs, my hair is just thirsty for an intense TLC. 

So despite the lack of funds, I took the plunge and had my first ever and definitely certified Brazilian Blowout treatment at Envy Me Salon. It’s my first time to avail a service in their salon, and given how meticulous I am with my hair, I’m glad that they’re knowledgeable with what they’re selling. 

The Process

The first thing they did was shampoo my hair to remove any dirt and residue. This is to help my hair receive optimal smoothing result. Then they started dividing my hair into sections and applied the treatment from root to tip. Once they’re done, they let the solution be saturated to my hair for 15 minutes. 

The next thing they did was blow-dry my hair without rinsing the treatment off. There was no visible steam or smoke but the product did sting my eyes. :(

Then they straightened my hair using an iron to further seal the product in. During this time, I wondered what’s the difference between the blow dry and hair iron. So I’ve touched both areas, and the iron made my hair look shinier and it really did felt smooth and softer. For a split second, I really felt like I was one of those hair models on TV! 

At this point, they were supposed to rinse my hair and apply a 60-second masque to further seal the treatment but I said I had to leave for an appointment. The stylist said it was okay, and just recommended that I wash my hair the next day instead. They did, however, applied the smoothing serum to detangle and add shine to my hair prior to the final blow-dry. :)

It’s been almost a week since I had my treatment and I’ve got to say that my hair did improve a bit. First of all, it was so much easier to detangle my hair! And my hair is sooooo softer now. :) I highly recommend this kind of treatment to anyone who needs to pamper their crowning glory!

Things To Know

The difference between a Keratin treatment and a Brazilian Blowout are the procedure and products being used. I honestly prefer Keratherapy than iCure for keratin treatments, because I think Keratherapy is safer and ideal for girls with curly hair. (Google iCure Keratin and you can barely find any information, just links to deal sites!). 

A Brazilian Blowout is smoothing hair treatment. It will straighten your hair for a couple of weeks or months only, depending on how you take good care of it. If you’re interested in getting a Brazilian Blowout, check if your salon or stylist is certified. The should be using the Acai Professional Line (bronze color bottle) and not iCure or Keratherapy. And the procedure should follow what’s stated on Brazilian Blowout website.

Envy Me Salon is located at the 3/F West Wing of Robinson’s Galleria. If you’re interested to get a treatment, please call them at (02) 576 4716