The Style Mermaid by Kisty Mea

Frequently Asked Questions


What’s your full name? Is Kisty your real name? 

For security purposes, I will not divulge my real name online. Kisty is my nickname. 

Which country are you from? 

I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. But moved to Singapore from October 2011 until March 2014. 

How old are you?

I was born on October 25, 1988.  

Are you Filipino?

Yes I am, but I believe my mother’s side has a little bit of Spanish blood. 

What’s your course? What school?

I took up Information Technology, and I studied at University of Asia & the Pacific and James Cook University Australia/Singapore. 

Why did you move to Singapore? 

My parents wanted me to study abroad and they gave me a choice which country I should go to. I really wanted to go to London, New York or Sydney. But in the end, I chose Singapore because it’s closer to home. 

What is it like to live in a foreign country?

It’s fun but it can be tough; It’s not glitter and gold. You only have yourself to depend on. The cost of living is high, too. I hate how much other people undermines the expensiveness of living abroad.

Do you have a boyfriend? How did you guys meet? How long have you been together?

Yes, I have a boyfriend of five years and counting. We’ve been blockmates since day one of college. 

Design & Blogging

Do you have free Tumblr Themes?

Yes, I do. They’re pretty outdated but you can still download them here.

Can you make me a Tumblr Theme?

Sorry, I can’t. I’m too busy.

I want to be a great blogger like you but I don’t know where to start. Can you give some tips? 

  1. First of all, blog for yourself. Never blog for the money or fame. 
  2. Write a post that YOU would want to read.
  3. If you’re writing a sponsored post, always be transparent with what you write.
  4. Install a nice theme for your blog, so others will be attracted to read the content.
  5. Read and comment other blogs. Build a network and make friends. Be genuine.
  6. Blogging success is not an overnight process. So be patient.

What font did you use in ______________? 

In entries like Wishlist Friday, MAC Lipstick series, Do It Yourself, and Reverse Bucket List, it’s my own handwriting. I’m using a Wacom Bamboo Tablet. 

Beauty & Hair

Are you naturally curly?

Yes. I have naturally curly/wavy hair. 

How did you achieve your blonde hair? 

I went to Philippe Torjdman Salon and had my hair bleached thrice (not in a single sitting, of course). Then I’d use a toner at home. 

Since the base of my bleach hair was uneven, I had to bleach some parts of it to make the whole thing appear even. As a result, my hair transformed from golden yellow to platinum ombre.

How do you take care of your chemically-treated hair?

I deep condition my hair as often as possible. I also soak it with virgin coconut oil if I’m not going anywhere. And lately, I invest in keratin treatments. 

Check the Hair Care tag for updates.

Can I dye my hair red without bleaching?

Yes, you can. :) I had red ombre hair, so the ends were bleached (twice!) while the top part remains unbleached.

Check my Red Hair tag for photos and see the difference.

What kind of dyes did you use?

Red and blonde hair: I had it professionally done at the salon.

Purple and blue hair: Manic Panic Purple Haze and Atomic Turquiose. 

What’s your skincare regimen? 

I cleanse, tone and moisturise!

I’m using Celeteque’s facial wash and moisturizer (the purple bottle with SPF), and Human Heart Nature Hydrating Face Toner.

Cameras & Apps

What type of camera and lenses do yo use?

I have a lot of cameras but I mostly use my trust Nikon D90 with a Tamron 17-50mm for travels and outfit posts. Sometimes, I’ll use the front and back camera of my iPhone 5.

For my light kit, I use a pink AlienBees B800 and a white umbrella that came along with it. 

Any tips when it comes to photography?

Practice and experiment! Repeat until forever!

What kind of iPhone do you have?

Currently: White iPhone 5

What apps do you frequently use on your iPhone photos?

VSCO Cam! Other apps I use can be found here.

How do you pay for your Apple apps?

For PH account: You have to pay through credit card.

For a US account: I purchase iTunes Gift Card at Data Blitz (SM Mall of Asia, Megamall or Shangri-La) or PCGameSupply (online). 

Last Updated: June 28, 2014