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 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.
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!
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.
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. :)