The Style Mermaid by Kisty Mea

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Hair Chameleon: Mint Green
Going mint green, without having any idea if it’ll suit me, is a pretty risky move. Green is not a color for everyone, I believe. But since almost everyone is sporting pink or blue hair, I wanted to be different. And I’m glad because it turned out great. I love it!
How To Achieve Mint Green:
I used Manic Panic Atomic Turquoise (Amplified) mixed with tons of conditioner, particularly the green bottle from Dove. It works best if your hair is in a pale yellow shade.
This photo was taken in Macau, by the way. JP’s family and I were visiting the house-museums in Taipa Village and all of them are painted mint green. JP thought it’d be really cool to have a photo against the wall. It’s currently my favorite portraiture of myself.

Hair Chameleon: Mint Green

Going mint green, without having any idea if it’ll suit me, is a pretty risky move. Green is not a color for everyone, I believe. But since almost everyone is sporting pink or blue hair, I wanted to be different. And I’m glad because it turned out great. I love it!

How To Achieve Mint Green:

I used Manic Panic Atomic Turquoise (Amplified) mixed with tons of conditioner, particularly the green bottle from Dove. It works best if your hair is in a pale yellow shade.

This photo was taken in Macau, by the way. JP’s family and I were visiting the house-museums in Taipa Village and all of them are painted mint green. JP thought it’d be really cool to have a photo against the wall. It’s currently my favorite portraiture of myself.

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Hair Care Diaries: Blonde Essentials
One of the most common remarks I get in person is how healthy my blonde hair is. When you go blonde, your hair will experience irrevocable damage — something a lot of people would expect to see when I go out of the house. Nothing in this world can really save chemically-treated hair, unless you cut it, but finding the right products can help minimize the appearance of the damage. And after countless of hours researching and trying different products, I’m lucky that I have found my essentials.
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CLEANSE: Human Heart Nature Strengthening Shampoo. An organic made that’s made with love in the Philippines. This shampoo cleanses your hair minus the harsh chemicals because it doesn’t contain any chemical surfactants such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). Selected Human Heart Nature products are available online, Rustan’s Supermarket (Shangri-la Plaza), and Landmark (TriNoma). 
For those who live in the UK, I highly recommend DGJ Organics HairJuice Shampoo. It’s an organic shampoo with the best scent ever!
CONDITION: Suave Daily Clarifying Conditioner. I like to try all kinds of brands and variants but if you’ve got oily scalp, you’ve got to try this! It’s the only oil-free conditioner I can find locally.
TONE: Clairol Shimmer Lights. This is a purple shampoo that I use to tone my hair. It keeps the brassiness at bay, and transforms pale blonde into white or silver hair. This shampoo can be very drying though, so make sure you condition your hair after each use. Clairol Shimmer Lights is not available locally, but you can order from eBay, Amazon or from Funky Streaks.
TREAT: Joico K-PAL Deep-Penetrating Reconstructor. Helga highly recommends this miracle treatment and I can see why. This product does wonder to bleached/damaged hair, and I only have to leave it for 15-30 minutes. Joico products are not available locally, so I often order mine from eBay or Amazon. WORTH. THE. INVESTMENT.
SHINE: L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil. A 5-in-1 lightweight oil that make your hair look shiny. It can also serve as a heat protectant serum. If you’re not going out for the whole day, saturate your hair with Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO). 

So there you have it! My list of coveted hair products of the moment. If you have other hair care products you’d like me to try or you think is worth the rave, please let me know by leaving a comment below! :) 

Hair Care Diaries: Blonde Essentials

One of the most common remarks I get in person is how healthy my blonde hair is. When you go blonde, your hair will experience irrevocable damage — something a lot of people would expect to see when I go out of the house. Nothing in this world can really save chemically-treated hair, unless you cut it, but finding the right products can help minimize the appearance of the damage. And after countless of hours researching and trying different products, I’m lucky that I have found my essentials.

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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. :)