The Style Mermaid by Kisty Mea

Bobbi Brown Holiday Collection 2013: Old Hollywood

I was invited to the attend the preview launch of Bobbi Brown’s Holiday 2013 Collection last month and I profusely apologize for not blogging about it sooner. But you know what they say: better late than never!

I’m sure that you’ve all heard about Bobbi Brown, a cosmetic brand exclusively made by the make-up artist of the same name. But what sets Bobbi Brown Cosmetics apart from other brands is that they focus more on teaching women how to look and feel like themselves, only prettier and more confident. 

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The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • How You Can Help The Philippines
Typhoon Yolanda (International code name: Haiyan), the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded, has hit and left my home country—specifically the Visayan province—with total devastation. My country receives more than 20 storms a year but it has never been this dire.
Based from the news I’ve read and my friends have told me, the City of Tacloban and nearby areas is like a setting in a zombie apocalypse movie. There’s no electricity, water, communications and even food to go around. A lot of the victims have been starving for 3-4 days because it’s too difficult to send relief goods, and many had to resort to looting. Many people are still missing and dead bodies are scattered everywhere. It’s just too heartbreaking.[[MORE]]
Donations Needed
With this in mind, I decided to collate a list of websites and resources where you can donate. At this point, any kind of donation will be most helpful.

If you want to send clothes, please sell them at the Katipunan #baHAIYANihan because 100% of the proceeds will be used to post-Yolanda rebuilding efforts. And please donate medicines that still hasn’t expired. 
International Help
If you live outside the Philippines, you can refer to the following organizations to help in the relief efforts. (Compiled by HuffingtonPost.com)
World Food Programme WFP has allocated an immediate $2 million for Haiyan relief, with a greater appeal pending as needs become apparent. The UN organization is sending 40 metric tons of fortified biscuits in the immediate aftermath, as well as working with the government to restore emergency telecommunications in the area. Americans can text the word AID to 27722 to donate $10 or give online. Learn more here.
Red CrossEmergency responders and volunteers throughout the Philippines are providing meals and relief items. Already, thousands of hot meals have been provided to survivors. Red Cross volunteers and staff also helped deliver preliminary emergency warnings and safety tips. Give by donating online or mailing a check to your local American Red Cross chapter. Learn more here.
The Philippine Red Cross has mobilized its 100 local outposts to help with relief efforts. Learn more here.
AmeriCaresThe relief organization is sending medical aid for 20,000 survivors, including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers. AmeriCares is also giving funds to local organizations to purchase supplies. Learn more here.
ShelterBoxShelterBox provides families with a survival kit that includes a tent and other essential items while they are displaced or homeless. Learn more here.

UNICEFAnticipating that children will likely be among the worst affected by the typhoon, UNICEF is working on getting essential medicines, nutrition supplies, safe water and hygiene supplies to children and families in the area. Learn more here.
Salvation Army100 percent of all disaster donations will be used for relief efforts and “to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.” Text TYPHOON to 80888 to Donate $10 or give online. Learn more here. 
Within The Philippines
Donate to Philippine Red Cross via SMSText RED AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart). Example: RED 100 You can also donate online using your credit card of Paypal.
Google Person FinderIf you’re looking for someone, please use Google’s Person Finder. The Food For A Cause OperationIf you’re in Metro Manila, you can join the food for a case where 100% of their proceeds will go to the victims and relief efforts.
Relief Operation Centres This is a huge list of open relief operations centres and online donations for both locals and overseas. Please refer to this list if you want to know where you can volunteer. 

I would also like to thank for the donations and relief efforts our fellow countrymen and other countries are doing. Please don’t stop helping out. Right now, our country needs all the help we could get. Thank you. 

How You Can Help The Philippines

Typhoon Yolanda (International code name: Haiyan), the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded, has hit and left my home country—specifically the Visayan province—with total devastation. My country receives more than 20 storms a year but it has never been this dire.

Based from the news I’ve read and my friends have told me, the City of Tacloban and nearby areas is like a setting in a zombie apocalypse movie. There’s no electricity, water, communications and even food to go around. A lot of the victims have been starving for 3-4 days because it’s too difficult to send relief goods, and many had to resort to looting. Many people are still missing and dead bodies are scattered everywhere. It’s just too heartbreaking.

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The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Wear Your Color Proud Experience
L’Oreal Professionnel Philippines, the world leader in beauty and #1 provider of hair products and color dyes in the hairdressing industry, has launched a campaign called Wear Your Color Proud with an aim to help Filipinas find the color that suits them best.
Because of this, they’ve invited me and my blog reader, Nadine, to join the color revolution at Philippe Tordjman Le Salon, in Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.
Here’s a few snaps from the hair color experience:[[MORE]]

Nadine requested for a color that’s not noticeable enough to get her in trouble because her school is pretty strict with these things. So what they did to her hair was tone it with something, so it would look reddish brown against the sun. I can’t remember what they told me exactly but it’s like cellophane without any peroxide.
As for me, I don’t really have anything in mind so the salon suggested that I should do blonde highlights to emphasize my natural curls. 
Nadine and I spent about three hours just tweeting and talking about blog stuff (normally, you’re supposed to talk boys and love life but this is the age of social media). I love it when I get to interact with blog readers! :)

Truth be told, I wasn’t expecting a lot of people would go to hotel salons since they’re always considered pricey but it looks like that they’re highly sought after. Philippe Tordjman, the owner of the salon, was also funny and very accommodating. Overall, we were satisfied with the work they’ve done. :) 
Anyway, now you have the chance to join the color revolution yourself! L’Oreal Professional has made an awesome offer for you and your buddy. From November 11 – November 15, if you avail of one hair color session with any of the partner salons listed below, you’ll get another session for a friend absolutely FREE! 
The partner salons for this campaign: 

Bench Fix SalonBangs’ Tony & JackeyHenri Calayag SalonPhilippe Tordjman Le SalonRegine’s Salon

For more details about this campaign, please check out L’Oreal Professionnel Philippines on Facebook. 

Wear Your Color Proud Experience

L’Oreal Professionnel Philippines, the world leader in beauty and #1 provider of hair products and color dyes in the hairdressing industry, has launched a campaign called Wear Your Color Proud with an aim to help Filipinas find the color that suits them best.

Because of this, they’ve invited me and my blog reader, Nadine, to join the color revolution at Philippe Tordjman Le Salon, in Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.

Here’s a few snaps from the hair color experience:

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Little Miss Dress Up: Shiftless

I’m too lazy to do anything after a “long day” at work. I find this excuse quite odd because I’m not doing anything at work anyway. I can’t even be bothered to do the laundry, let alone take photos for my blog. I’m simply out of my element. 

Jump to me, trying to put some effort. And by effort, I mean “use blogging as an excuse to exercise your lazy butt.” How slothful. I need to exercise. 

Jump to the details of the outfit and how it looks like I’m going to the club or something. I received this cute denim midriff top from Shoppe Yourstyle, an online store based in Bacolod. It has these floral prints which screams edgy and girly at the same time. I decided to pair it my jacket from F&X and my skirt from Untitled Label because I didn’t feel like showing any skin. 

P.S. Stay tuned for a blog giveaway!

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Make-up Haul Challenge
I know a lot of you are always on the lookout for quality make-up products without spending too much, and this has inspired me to do a beauty challenge. Like if I were given, let’s say PHP1500 or $35, what would I buy? 
The rule is simple: buy products that’s within the budget of PHP1500. Though it’s optional, I also avoided the all-in-one palettes because I felt that’s going to defeat the purpose of challenge. 
So, here’s the stuff I bought and my brief review: [[MORE]]
e.l.f. Eyebrow Lifter and Filler Pencil, PHP245.75 - I bought this a couple of months ago and loved it. The product comes with a sharpener cap and if you want, you can also use this as your eyeliner pencil. 
Fanny Serrano Eyeliner, PHP195 - I doubt this is the cheapest eyeliner out there. I just picked this up because it’s still within the budget and I needed one, lol. I still have to try this out. 
Celeteque Multi-benefit BB Cream, PHP325 - I bought this product instead of a foundation because 1) foundation cost around PHP800+ and 2) this product claims to have SPF15, BioWhite (which helps reduce wrinkles and lightens dark spots) and Biobenefity (minimize pores). It’s also hypo-allergenic and non-comedogenic. 
The downside? It’s only available in one shade and not oil-free. :( I used this as my base for my recent ‘Alice in Wonderland’ shoot and I look different. 
e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder Duo, PHP245.75 - It’s a blush-bronzer duo, period. If you’re in a budget, this is a great buy because it’s cheap and multi-functional. They also say that this is a good dupe for NARS’ own duo palette. :) 
Maybelline Rocket Volum Express Mascara, PHP399 - Truth is, I was torn between this one and Fanny Serrano’s eyelash curler. I think you need both, but I can live without the eyelash curler. It’s expensive but I love their mascaras.
Thetotal amount I spent was PHP1410.50, add PHP60 because I also bought a spoolie brush. That’s not bad but I could’ve done better. I’m happy with my purchases though, especially with the e.l.f Blush & Bronzer duo. 

Make-up Haul Challenge

I know a lot of you are always on the lookout for quality make-up products without spending too much, and this has inspired me to do a beauty challenge. Like if I were given, let’s say PHP1500 or $35, what would I buy? 

The rule is simple: buy products that’s within the budget of PHP1500. Though it’s optional, I also avoided the all-in-one palettes because I felt that’s going to defeat the purpose of challenge. 

So, here’s the stuff I bought and my brief review: 

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