VOLUME UP WITH IRRESISTIBLE ME FLAT IRON


Months ago I was contacted by Irresistible Me to review one of their best selling products. I got really excited because it's a flat/curling iron. A few months passed while waiting for the package to arrive, I had my hair permed and now it's basically curly. So what will I do with the flat iron that's on its way and is waiting to be reviewed? I don't want to straighten my permed hair with it, though. Thank goodness I have sisters who have long straight hair and I made one of them my model for this post.


Irresistible Me Diamond Professional Flat Iron / Hair Styler comes with a very sleek black box. It's the next-generation, digital, SMART styling iron featuring unique DIAMOND Hi-Tech, which coats the floating ceramic plates with crushed diamond particles mixed with tourmaline.  


It has a digital display and instantly heats up. The diamond and tourmaline technology will protect your hair and keep all the natural hair oils, color and moisture in, leaving your hair healthy, shiny and frizz free. The styling will last longer against air humidity and everyday stress. It has a 1 year warranty and is made in Korea.

In terms of quality, this hair straightener/curler is up there with ghd and NuMe, but at a considerably smaller price tag ($149 versus $200 for NuMe and $240 for ghd).


And that’s not all, because the Diamond comes with an array of features that will make your life so much easier:

- A 360° mobile cord that swivels around following your every move
- A thumb print and cool tips for a steady grip and to avoid burning your fingers
- All buttons are on the inside so you don't accidentally change the settings
- It shuts down automatically in 30 minutes
- It gets hot (450F/230C) really fast, in up to 15 seconds
- intelligent heat display that lets you see the temperature all the time
- It is super light and comes in a beautifully designed box with magnetic closing that you can use to store it
- It automatically changes the temperature display to Celsius or Fahrenheit, depending on the supplied voltage, making it perfect for travelling
- the 1'' floating plate self-adjusts, eliminating any pressure points, so that the iron can work through your hair smoothly without pulling


Before


After


For my overall review, I totally loved it and by far it's the best hair iron that I ever used. It heats up and curls up the hair so easily. I like the idea of its digital display because it shows you the current temperature of the iron. Also, it's not heavy, making it convenient to use. You can use it in either straightening or curling your hair! Works great either ways. I have always wanted a flat and curling iron in one product and it has already made possible by Irresistible Me! You won't regret getting your own Diamond Professional hair styler. Get it here.

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TRAVELOGUE: MY SOLO TRIP TO EL NIDO, PALAWAN


Have you ever considered yourself traveling alone?

That was one of the questions I kept asking myself before I learned to finally pursue it. I was always afraid of being alone and I didn't really like the thought of having no company at all. But our preferences change as we mature and learn more about life. I have never been more excited, inspired, and challenged of the thought of traveling alone and El Nido, Palawan was a pretty great start for my first ever solo trip.

A little backstory, this trip wasn't really planned to be spent alone. There were originally four of us, including my ex-lover but the other two declined to go on with the trip but I decided not to and pursued it even if it meant traveling alone. My ex did the same. The thing is, I went to El Nido and he just went to Puerto Princesa so technically, we just met during our flights since our tickets were booked together.

My travel dates were from August 11 - August 14 only. Yes, what a short time to travel El Nido. Some of my friends said that it will not be enough and I must expect that there would be delays during my trip and I might miss out the tour/s that I'll be booking in El Nido and everything that I've planned will be ruined. Despite all those things that were likely to happen, I still went on because I really wanted and needed to go to El Nido. I challenged myself and anticipated for the best and hopefully not regret anything at all. Well, I guess I made the right choice. 


GETTING THERE

Air Transportation

Air Asia had a Piso-fare promo when we booked our tickets but unfortunately, there were no more flights from Cebu directly to Palawan so we needed to book connecting flights from Cebu to Manila to Palawan and vice versa. Our estimated time of arrival in Palawan was around 7-8PM assuming no delays.

Land Transportation

Upon arrival at the PPS airport, you will encounter a lot of tricycle drivers outside offering you a tricycle ride from there to San Jose terminal where you can ride a bus or a van to your destination. In my case, I got really lucky because there weren't major delays during my flight and I arrived in Palawan just around 8PM. I was even nauseating and had a terrible headache since my flight from Cebu, however, I managed to make it through until I arrive in El Nido.

- Tricycle from PPS Airport > San Jose Terminal - Php 50.00 - Php 60.00
- Bus from San Jose Terminal > El Nido - Php 450.00
- Tricycle from El Nido Terminal > Nido Bay Inn (the place that I stayed in) - Php 50.00

Buses from San Jose Terminal operate until 10PM while the vans are only up until 6-7PM. Most, if not all, hotels in El Nido offer van transfer services from the airport to El Nido and it costs at around Php 500.00 - Php 600.00 on one-way trip. In my case, I didn't avail a van transfer since there will be no more vans to accommodate me because I already arrived past 6PM. You will also not get bored during your tricycle trip because I noticed, tricycle drivers were really accommodating and they really talk to their passengers to entertain them.

Seven Commandos Beach

Simizu/Shimizu Island

Big Lagoon

Inside Big Lagoon


ACCOMMODATION

Nido Bay Inn

If you are planning on travelling solo, I'm sure you'll get overwhelmed of all the preparations that you are going to make. One of the biggest questions will be, "Where will I stay?". There are loooots of places that you can actually stay in El Nido, from the cheapest lodges and inns to the grandest hotels and resorts. I researched and researched until I decided to stay at a place where I can overlook the ocean so I looked for a beachfront hotel/inn. I found out about Nido Bay Inn and looked up its reviews and I got interested because it's a budget inn. I even got lucky (again!) because they offered me their only available seaview room for 1-2 persons.

- The room costs Php 1,500.00 per night, so I paid Php 3000.00 in total for two nights. which already includes breakfast. The room was cozy, with air conditioning unit, small tv, and a hot shower.

Tips in finding your hotel accommodation:

- Decide first where you want to be situated at. In my case, I wanted to overlook the ocean, hence, I looked for a beachfront hotel/inn. There are lots of beachfront hotels in El Nido and there are even mountain-side hotels as well. There are also a few other hotels at the back of the beachfront ones which are only a few steps to the seashore. 

- Make a list of all the possible hotels that you might be staying. Look for each of their reviews (in TripAdvisor, Agoda, etc.) Compare and contrast these hotels.

- Look for a blog post or article about these hotels to know other people's personal experiences.

- If these hotels have contact numbers, text or call them for faster transaction. Emailing them will take time. To make sure that they will get and attend to your inquiries, email them as well and use a keyword such as "Urgent" in your email subject.

You can refer to the links below for more accommodation choices:



Small Lagoon

Inside Small Lagoon


TOUR

Tour A

You never go to El Nido without available at least one of their tour packages. Since I only stayed in El Nido for two days, I only availed one tour because I might run out of time if I force to have another tour the next day. The local government of El Nido has already standardized the tour operations in the town which means that all tour choices with their respective destinations are already given with a fixed prize, whatever resort or travel agency you are going to avail them. Tour A destinations include:

- Seven Commandos Beach
- Simizu or Shimizu Island
- Big Lagoon
- Small Lagoon
- Secret Lagoon

- Tour A costs Php 1,200.00 per head plus Php 200.00 environmental fee.

Unfortunately, we weren't able to go the Secret Lagoon because of the big waves. Another backstory here, I could literally say that I was the luckiest solo traveler when I got to El Nido because during the last five days before I arrived there, all the tours were cancelled and every other tourist and traveler were stranded. Some of them didn't even get the chance to have their tours because they already needed to fly back home. The day I got in El Nido was the day that all tours were resumed. Say what?! I even got the feeling of having my tour to get cancelled that day but it was pursued instead, despite a still-not-so-fine weather. I was totally relieved. Imagine traveling alone for two days in El Nido only to find out that the only thing you are looking forward to will be cancelled? Thank goodness, the odds were in my favor, and definitely the universe was with me.

Baker's Hill

Entrance to Baker's Hill

I met fellow Bisayas as well during the tour and they're from Davao. I would really like to thank them, Kuya Wilson and his daughter Mel, for the fun conversations and also for intentionally giving me a mini-itinerary for my another Palawan trip in Coron, soon! They were really friendly and supportive of my endeavors. Kuya Wilson even shared to me his past travel experiences in Palawan three years ago when it's still not a well-known tourist destination, and also a few of his knowledge about its history. Guess I wasn't really alone all along. Haha!

- Fare from San Jose Terminal > Baker's Hill > PPS Airport - Php 400.00 - Php 500.00


I wasn't really ready to leave El Nido, not that soon. I guess I needed to believe that even the sun sets in paradise. Haha. It was already time to fly back and for all the lucky experiences that I had during my El Nido trip, I thought it will all end to a very bad godsend luck when I arrived at the PPS airport at around 6PM. I even rushed in buying pasalubong from Baker's Hill because I needed to catch my 7:45PM flight. "The flight is postponed until tomorrow morning, 6AM, due to aircraft situation and bad weather", said an Air Asia staff. So I thought this is it, this is my bad luck. What would I do? Where would I sleep? Good thing I still haven't booked a room in Manila. And then they told us, "But we will shoulder your accommodation for tonight with dinner." Okay, that's great. Air Asia brought us (all the postponed flight passengers) by group in a van to the hotel. In awe, I was shocked that we were staying at Sunlight Guest Hotel in a Deluxe Room. It was too big for me but I didn't complain because I liked it the moment I stepped into the room. The room was all mine. The bathtub was all mine! Haha. My money that was supposed to be for my hotel accommodation in Manila was left for me to save because everything was already shouldered by Air Asia. I had small plans in Manila that time. I wanted to go Bonifacio Global City in Taguig because I wanted to visit their incredible artsy murals and take Instagram-worthy photos but it was all cancelled, which was fine and I was already over it. There's always a next time, anyway. Having our flight postponed that night wasn't a bad luck after all but a blessing in disguise.

All in all, you are likely to prepare an approximately Php 10,000 to Php 15,000 budget excluding the airfare. Budget includes the figures I posted above plus the pasalubong and miscellaneous expenses.

Other Info:
- Travel time from Puerto Princesa to El Nido
   - Via Van is around 4-5 hours
   - Via Bus is around 5-6 hours
- There will be pit stops (2) during the travel so you don't need to worry if nature is calling you or if you are hungry. These pit stops have restrooms and stores that sell food.
- You might also need to bring the following:
  - Aqua socks to protect your feet from rocks or sharp coral reefs (http://goo.gl/7QdRVW)
  - Waterproof bag because the whole tour will involve a lot of water splashes that might not like your gadgets to get in contact with. There are also lots of stores in El Nido that sells waterproof bags if you forget to bring one. (http://goo.gl/41tcvo)


Congratulations for making it down here! Make sure to watch my travel diary in El Nido above and don't forget to like it and/or subscribe to my YouTube channel! In the video, you'll see the room that I stayed in and the beachfront as well. Watch in HD for a better experience. Thank you so much for reading and I hope this post inspired you to travel alone or helped you in your upcoming solo trip! For more inquiries, you can contact me through my email or through my social media accounts.

I really encourage everyone to go beyond your comfort zone by traveling alone at least once in your life. Have a soul searching and take time to contemplate life on your own. I can't even wait to travel alone again! It was genuinely a wonderful experience and you are going to feel great right after. Well, I kind of also felt sepanx (separation anxiety). Haha! I think everyone who left El Nido did.

I am hoping for your safe and wonderful (and lucky?) solo trip, just like mine. If you already experienced traveling alone, you can share it to us by commenting down below! :)

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5 FALL 2016 TRENDS TO ROCK NOW


Though the warm temperatures of the current season don’t seem to be fading anytime soon, fall fashion is already in full swing. And, with so many chic styles in next season’s lineup, who can blame us for wanting to try a few out now? For fall fashions you don’t have to wait to wear, add these five trends to your wardrobe ASAP.

Reconstructed Denim


Every wardrobe needs the newest iteration of the classic blue jean. This season, designers are reinventing denim by cutting and sewing different pairs of jeans together to create a unique, artsy vibe. The result is anything but your average denim, making your jeans the focal point of your ensemble. Pair with a sleeveless blouse and leather pool slides now, and then a bomber jacket and chunky ankle boots once cooler weather arrives.

The Slide


Featuring a winning combination of form and function, the slide has quickly become a must-have shoe to add to your collection. The open back makes the style easy to slip on while the low heel allows for maximum comfort (without sacrificing style) — perfect for girls who are always on the go. Available in a wide range of colors and materials, from neutrals to bold animal prints, casual canvas to luxe leather, the slide trend ensures that every fashionista will be able to find her go-to style. Adding to the slide's universal appeal (as if you needed any more reason to love it) is that it pairs well with virtually anything, from cropped trousers and skinny jeans to midi skirts and maxi dresses, making it easy to wear during any season.

Burnt Orange


The color of glowing embers, pumpkin-flavored coffee drinks, and vibrant piles of leaves, it’s not hard to see why burnt orange is a favorite shade for fall 2016. In addition to the warm orange color, earthy browns and rich rust shades were spotted on the season’s runways adorning everything from sweaters and dresses to coats and boots — giving us plenty of ways to make the shade ours.

The Choker


With 90s-inspired pieces at front and center of the fashion stage, it’s no surprise that the choker has made quite the comeback. Whether you choose to channel the trend with a slim black ribbon or a stack of chunky gold bangles, one thing is for certain: everything south of your clavicle looks a touch more polished thanks to the choker necklace. Wear with the popular off-the-shoulder neckline or a barely-there slip dress to draw even more attention to this must-have accessory.

Gold Metallic


Shine and shimmer are no longer meant for only special occasions or elegant evening soirees. This season, metallics — especially gold — are poised to be a seasonal standout and are designed to be worn anywhere, whether morning, noon, or night. Rock head-to-toe gold with an eye-catching maxi, opt for a happy medium with a pleated metallic skirt surrounded by neutral pieces, or play it safe with a pop of the trend in a shoe or clutch.

Disclosure: This is a guest post. Photos are not mine.

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PINK CONDITION


I'm sure you already know my favorite set of colors as it is obviously reflected on my blog and on my outfits. But trying something that's out of our comfort zone is a step that we all need to try, at least for once. In my case, that would be wearing a colored apparel. For the longest time, I have been the biggest fan of black/white/gray shades of clothing. But people as we are, we have the tendency to get weary of the things that we used to do or use in our daily lifestyle. No, I didn't have a change of heart. BWG colors would forever remain in my heart. Haha! I just needed to try out something new, something that would test my flexibility and creativity. Pale pink is just a start.


This has been my favorite pair of denim pants to date, only from Romwe.com. You can use it either as ordinary bottoms or as a pair of jumpers since it has two detachable straps as well!


I was once a pink lover (I think most girls were) until puberty hit me. Haha.


I am a busy person during the weekdays and I only inserted this shoot on a Wednesday morning. Super special thanks to Gino for bearing with my exhausting hobby and for taking the photos!


I do believe that a real fashionista can pull off any look of any style or color scheme. It will always be up to the person's way of beholding an outfit and I think I'm still on my way to becoming as stylish as that. Been eyeing on olive greens, maroons and nudes for my next outfit posts. Can't wait!


Sweater - H&M | Denim Pants - Romwe.com | Eyeglasses - EyeBuyDirect | Sneakers - Pull & Bear


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TOPS FOR PETITE WOMEN TO ROCK

Different women have different body types and no two women are identical in terms of their body shape. So, why do you wear the same types of dress? You must choose the best outfit for yourself based on your body type. If you are a tall and skinny girl, horizontal patterned dresses might not suit you the way they suit a short girl with an average built. Hence styling according to your body type is a must.

Now you must have read many articles saying the tall girl should wear this, short girls should wear that but there are a few people talking about petite women. The world has 75% of its women population with petite built then why don't they get a chance to explore the treasure of the fashion world? Here we are presenting you the most striking tops for petite women that would make them rock:

THE TEXTURED GEORGETTE TOP


Georgette is the best fabric for petite girls as it sticks to the body and offers you a better shape. Also, it naturally hangs to the bady hence it also gives you a little more length. This textured georgette top is the best top for women as it will make your looks defined when paired with a skin-tight denim or chinos. This is the combination that offers you grace and elegance.

THE FLAIR TOP


This top makes you look stylish and trendy. Paired with sleek denims, this is one of the best tops for women. You can try wearing it on a normal day as well or for some special occasions like a small kitty party or a birthday bash. Match your best jewelry with it and you are all ready to rock the show.


THE CASUAL SHIRT


A casual cotton shirt must be an essential part of every petite's wardrobe. The long sleeves of the shirt give you a slimmer and taller look while the length of the shirt compliments your body type perfectly. You can pair it with formal or casual trousers and match one of the ladies watches with it. It can be worn to casual outings with your friends.

THE BLACK MAGIC


Black is the color for all body types. It makes a petite woman look mesmerizing. This black top with floral print is the best choice if you are going to a party with your friends. Paired with white pants and one of your beautiful ladies watch, this is the perfect outfit to make you look divine. The frills on the shoulders give you a taller look while the fabric of this top blesses you with the perfect fit.

THE TUNIC TOP


A tunic top is what compliments the petite body the best. It has a free size bottom which hangs down to your bust line giving your upper body a longer look. Made with a mixed cotton fabric, this type of top is very comfortable to wear. Try buying them in dark colors like blue, black, or pink for the perfect look.

Petite women look marvelous when being dressed with the perfect outfit that suits their body. Hope this article will help you find the perfect clothes that you must wear to show off the beautiful figure you are blessed with. For those who think that being petite is an issue, now you have the guide to buy the perfect outfit that is made for your built. So be a fashionista and pamper your petite body with the right type of clothing.

Disclosure: This is a guest post. Photos are not mine.

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