Featured: Browhaus Brow Resurrection V 2.4!

Last Monday, Browhaus Manila invited us to a bloggers event at their newest branch in Lucky Chinatown, to witness how their famous “Brow Resurrection” is done. {Warning: this post is very photo-heavy!}

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 I find it really cool that Browhaus Manila seeks to bring their customers to a different destination each time they visit a particular branch. If you noticed in their Serendra branch, the interiors of the place is full of sketches of eyes; in their Glorietta branch, they incorporated a “Submarine” theme. As you could notice from the picture below, the theme of Browhaus Manila’s newest branch is “Outdoor Camping” (notice the colorful tents behind the tarps!!)

I find the theme very cute, actually. Now I can’t wait for them to open new branches to find out what other themes they have in mind! 

Another fun fact: notice those eyeballs? They’re actually characters with names. They have Romeo, Lady Gaga, and even Bruno Mars, too!



Everyone in the event LOVED what they did with the floor. I mean, who doesn’t like grass, right??


They even have a bbq grill inside! How cute!
We were given dozens and dozens of siomai, siopao, hopia, and other delicious Chinese food, because hello— we were in Lucky Chinatown!! (love this place, btw)


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So at the start of the event, Browhaus Manila shared with us their mission and passion. I, too, strongly believe that eyebrows can either make or break a person’s face. As what I previously said in my old post HERE, eyebrows define and frame a person’s face. In the mornings, when people are either too lazy or too busy to even put on make-up, a pair of well-defined and groomed brows can actually save your day.

According to Browhaus, there are different kinds of “Brow Crimes”, namely:
The confetti brow, The Mona Lisa , The Red & Blue Aliens (which you can get from tattooing or embroidery methods), The Comma, The Caterpillar, and The Flying V.



Fortunately, the brow architects of Browhaus Manila are always ready to save you from every brow crime you can possibly commit. 

If you have noticed, my brows are very strong and thick, and that is why all I need do to maintem them is to always have them groomed, and to make sure they don’t look messy.
However, other people have a problem different from mine. Some people (like me) have “too much brows going on”, while others actually need “more brows”. And that’s where Brow Resurrection v2.4 comes to the rescue!

WHAT IS BROW RESURRECTION??

“Brow Resurrection is Browhaus’ signature semi-permanent treatment…..it is an advanced technique that is unique to Browhaus. It boasts a more detailed and natural stroke perfected by Browhaus’ dedicated Research and Development team, with a finer finish than normal brow embroidery.”





FYI,  Brow Resurrection is very different from tattoo procedures. If you noticed,  tattooed eyebrows don’t look natural at all! The ink usually turns into blue or green after some time. Plus, it’s permanent, too, so you can’t really do anything about it- it’s there with you forever, even when your skin starts to wrinkle or sag. On the other had, Brow Resurrection is completely different. 

First of all, “BR” crafts out intricate and life-like brow strands (unlike tattoos that look very unnatural). The ink used is vegetable ink, and 100% very safe. It doesn’t fade into blue, green, red, or any other color. It’s not permanent, too. Unlike tattoos that penetrate up to the third layer of the skin, BR only reaches the epidermis. After about 2 years, the vegetable ink fades away, so that you can have it retouched– no, it doesn’t fade into any other color; it just literally fades away–, AND that’s a good thing because then you can adapt to what your skin needs. You can reshape it, thicken it, or lengthen it by having it retouched. If your skin starts to sag or wrinkle by then, the brow architect will be able to re-construct your brows accordingly.
The best part? It’s totally NOT painful! They even said that threading is more painful than BR (and jsyk, Browhaus is very famous for their almost pain-free threading services).









On that day, we witnessed three lovely ladies’ transformation as they went through the Brow Resurrection Version 2.4! One of them was for a touch-up session (she had her brow resurrection done two years before), and two of em were first-timers!



Did you know that as of now, there are only FOUR brow architects in Manila who are allowed to perform the Brow Resurrection procedure? It is because it takes about months and months and months of training before one becomes qualified to do it. To perform BR, one must have precision and very steady hands, above everything else.

The whole procedure takes about 90 minutes, and the good part about it is that there’s no “holding period”. Yes, you can go straight to work after the procedure, or even party the same night! 

The first part is the cleaning. This is when they shape your brows.

Next, they use a special pencil to fill in and construct your brows.





The application of the anti-bleeding and the numbing cream


Notice the life-like strands



Don’t be deceived by the looks of it; this procedure is actually painless!! 


You see that “camera” over there? That’s sort of like an “after treatment” for BR. Browhaus has always believed that having perfect brows will help you achieve that “picture perfect” moment, and thus, the camera theme (the idea’s so cute, right??)




If you open the box, this is what you’ll see.

The bowl (the other stuff are inside the box)

The instructions manual 


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So before y’all get to see the results of the BR, I also want to share with you my brow construction (threading) experience! I’ve already blogged twice about how much I am in love with their threading services. It’s very painless, and the results are always incredible! 


That’s me inside one of their tents! I love how cozy the place is. Their seats were very comfortable, too. 


I felt really relaxed, actually πŸ˜›


Ready for my threading!!! πŸ™‚








I don’t know why, but the trimming part is always my favorite part. HAHAHAHA. I’m so weird.

I love how they pay close attention to details πŸ™‚







(thank you Ken for these awesome shots! lol)
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Okay, so are you ready for the before and after shots??

BEFORE Brow Resurrection:


AFTER Brow Resurrection!


Close up shot. You won’t even differentiate which is real brow strand and which isn’t!


After touch-up of BR πŸ™‚ 
(wasnt able to take a before pic huhu)

Now here’s my before and after (brow construction/threading):

BEFORE


AFTER


Thank you so much to Browhaus Manila for our brow-wow brows! πŸ™‚ Especially to the lovely managers. Shout out to Miss Monique and Miss Tam! πŸ™‚ Thank you, thank you!


With fellow blogger and Iskolar ng Bayan, Miss Alyssa Yu of Glamourtini! πŸ™‚


With the Browhaus team and some of the fellow bloggers!



I’m going to end this post with a joke lol.
“Anong sabi ng kilay sa kabilang kilay?”
Edi…
“Hey, brow!!!”


No????………… ok. πŸ™

xoxo,
The Teenage Queen
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Clean & Clear: Certified #madeforteens !! (GIVEAWAY ALERT)



I got the loveliest surprise when Clean and Clear sent me this super cute package!! 


I got really giddy when I received the newest line of Clean and Clear products. These babies come in uber cute colors and they’re specially #madeforteens like you and me!

Here are 5 teen-tastic reasons why Clean and Clear is certified #madeforteens:

1. #TeenSkinFriendly

When Filipino teens start to get pimples, they start using the same facial wash that their moms, titas, or ates use. But did you know that they facial wash may be dry and irritating for young skin?? That’s because they’re formulated for older skin so they may actually do more harm than good. Clean & Clear understands that teen skin needs a different kind of caring, which is why it is #teenskinfriendly !

It uses a unique gel formula that effectively fights teen skin problems such as pimples, blackheads, and oil without drying your skin– even if you use it every day! These gel cleansers are also oil-free– perfect for our warm and humid weather! πŸ˜‰

2. #SoftNSmooth

Clean & Clear’s Foaming Facial Wash has unique anti-bacterial ingredients that effectively fight your skincare scares (pimple, oil, and blackheads) while keeping your face #softnsmooth.

3 and 4. #Skinergizing and #SkinSoBright Variants

Don’t just wash away the oil and dirt that causes pimples and blackheads, add fun to your daily face washing routine with Clean & Clear’s new fruity gel cleansers, too!

Clean & Clear Fruit Essentials in Energizing Berry with bursting beads give your tired skin a much-needed boost with its sweet scent and quirky #skinergizing beads. Have a delightful time also as you try the Clean & Clear Fruit Essentials in Brightening Lemon with bursting beads! It pops to reveal a lemony scent and beads that make your #skinsobright and improve your overall skin tone.



#5. MadeforTeens

Because it’s made for you, you can easily find Clean & Clear in top supermarkets and drugstores near you. Plus, it’s affordable and definitely won’t hurt your allowance!!! πŸ™‚

Like www.facebook.com/cleanclearphilippines for more info! 




Cute polaroid cut-outs! <3



(L-R): Foaming Facial Wash for #softandsmooth, Brightening Lemon for #skinsobright, and Energizing Berry  #skinergize


I’ve tried the Brightening Lemon facial wash myself and I LOVED IT! It was really refreshing. I’m happy I finally found the perfect facial wash for me. 



And because I love you girls so much, guess what? I’m giving away bottles of Clean & Clear for you to try out yourself! 

GIVEAWAY ALERT
The winner of this giveaway gets a Clean & Clear gift pack and a SPECIAL GIFT from me <3

How to join?
1. Tweet about my giveaway:
“OMG! @theteenagequeen is giving away #cleanandclear prodcuts that are certified #madeforteens <3 http://www.theteenagequeen.com/2014/05/clean-clear-certified-madeforteens.html

2. Comment below your name, twitter username, and email address. 


Contest ends on May 30, 2014 at 11:59 PM. Winner will be picked via randomizer and will be announced on June 1. πŸ™‚


Good luck, girls!

xoxo,
The Teenage Queen
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Something Old & Something Borrowed

My mother is a fashionista. That’s something my sisters and I definitely got from her. I’m not even kidding when I say that her closet is a wonderland. Whenever we would go to parties or events, my sisters and I would usually raid her wardrobe to borrow pretty, timeless pieces. 

Mom always tells us that it makes her happy every time we use the clothes she gives/passes on to us. And that is why last Sunday, for Mother’s Day, Ate Yas and I wore the skirts Mom had back when she was a teenager. Amazingly, they were still in perfect condition. They were as good as new, actually! This inspired me to keep and store my favorite clothes as well, so that when the time comes, I, too, could give them to my future daughters.




Top: Forever 21| Necklace: Forever 21| Blogger bracelet: The Bead Shop (a gift from my friend Gia! hehe thanks bebe) | Rings: online shop and Cotton On| Bracelet with stones: A present Mom got me from Nepal


Ate Yas’ #ootd



Mom was actually all smiles when she saw us in her clothes. Dad thought what we did was cute, too. Hehe. We went to church and had lunch together. Mother’s Day was really fun, because the whole family was able to spend quality time with each other; most importantly, we were able to give mom flowers and handmade letters, and show her how much she is appreciated and loved!






xoxo,
The Teenage Queen




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#AskHershey: Tips on Planning Your Debut



Turning 18 is an important milestone in every girl’s life. For us Filipinos, it is a tradition to throw a “debut” or a party to officially welcome the young lady to the world of adulthood.

Planning your debut could be extremely fun, yet super stressful as well. If you’re going to throw a big party, I recommend that you allot at least 3 months to prepare for it; if you’d want it to be small and intimate, a month or so would definitely do.

1. First, think of a theme.
Setting a theme is important, because from there, everything else will just follow.
Some girls opt to have the traditional, ball-like debut parties; some prefer to celebrate their debuts in party venues/ clubs ; some create a mix between traditional and modern. My debut, for example, was a mixture of both- it was traditional in a way that it had a program, that it was a formal event with gowns and suits and all, and that it had dances and such; the modern twist to it was that it was themed “Teen Vogue/ Fashion Week”, and it focused more on the aspect of blogging.  The theme was very “me”, because it embodied my character and personality.

(see THIS POST to know what I’m talking about).

(The fashion show portion of my debut, where I chose 18 of my girl friends to walk and dance with me.)


  • Tips on creating your own theme


1. Decide on whether you’d want your debut to be formal, semi-formal, “party-party”, or a combination. 
2. It must show your character! Your theme would depend on whether you’d want to focus on your fun side, romantic side, party girl side, music lover side, etc.
3. Feel free to do some RESEARCH! Google and ask around!
4. Get CREATIVE! Remember, it’s your debut, and it’s all about YOU! So just express yourself!

Here are some themes of debuts I’ve been to/seen/heard about. These are just to help you get ideas. There are plenty other themes out there, all you have to do is research and think out of the box πŸ™‚
  • Concert theme – it had a stage and everything! And yep, you guessed it! The debutante had a mini popstar concert/
  • Traveling theme- Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Empire State, and other landmarks were seen everywhere!
  • Candy theme
  • Katy Perry theme (think candies, colorful set, cotton candies/ roar, safari, leopard prints)
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Disney theme
  • Pajama party
  • Swimming party
  • Neon Colors
  • Vintage 
  • Black and gold theme (everyone must wear only the colors black and gold)


Your theme doesn’t have to be extravagant or anything. It can be as simple as color coordination !

2. Look for a venue and a caterer. 
The venue is one of the most important elements of your debut. Make sure that it is easy to locate (so that guests won’t get confused getting there); that it provides comfort to your guests (check: airconditioning); that it has a plan B if ever that, on the day of your event, it rains (also check if they have a generator in case of brown-outs); that the soundsystem is good; and that most importantly, it’s clean and has a pleasing atmosphere/ambiance.

Remember!
> Make sure to book your venue EARLY because if you don’t book at least a month before your event, the odds are that other people might have booked that date and time already.

> Check the capacity of the venue so that you’d have an idea of how many people to include in the guest list

*Nowadays, a restaurant could even be a venue for simple debut parties. My friend celebrated her debut at a beautiful restaurant with dainty interiors along Tomas Morato. 

A debut party doesn’t need to be expensive. You can actually budget things out. You could look for affordable venues and get creative! RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH!  

The food is also one of the first things the debutante must consider. In parties, people always come for two things: for the birthday celebrant, and for the FOOD, of course!! Usually, a venue is tied up with different catering services, so you can just choose a caterer according to your package. If the venue doesn’t have partner caterers, then just google great catering services around the area! Some of the famous ones are Hizons and Juan Carlo (btw, my caterer back then was hizons hehe). But don’t worry! Feel free to ask your friends and family for suggestions as well. A catering service doesn’t need to be expensive! There are a lot of affordable ones too that offer great food. Remember, FOOD is important. Always have extra food just in case unexpected guests arrive. It is better to have excess food than to have a shortage of it.



3. Make a guestlist
The number of your guests will usually depend on the capacity of  your venue. Talk to your parents about how many visitors you could invite, and if ever, how many they will invite. (In my case, my venue could fit about 140 guests. 100 attendees were my guests, and 40 people were their guests).



                                                                   >REMEMBER!

Expect some people not to come on time/ to attend. Also, expect unexpected visitors as well :))
So if you’re venue could fit only 100 guests, make sure to invite 120 people, because at least 20 of them won’t make it. And hey, you don’t even need to invite a lot of people. Remember, what will really matter at the end of the day is that you get to celebrate your 18th with the people you love most. πŸ™‚

4. Don’t forget to ask for help!
Invitations, decorations, set-up, program flow, photoshoots, etc (the list goes on and on!!!)
It’s important to have your supportive friends and family by your side to help you every step of the way πŸ™‚ 


(Photos taken by Nice Print Photography and edited by me)

READ THIS BLOG POST FOR MORE TIPS πŸ™‚

Btw, to Aezel, the reader who sent this message, THANK YOU for being so sweet. Hope these tips were able to help you out! πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful 18th! <3

Feel free to ask more Qs over at hello.hersheyneri@gmail.com. I will try my best to answer them as soon as I could! 

xoxo,
The Teenage Queen

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Commuting in Style

Going to college in style can seem pretty tough. If you’re a commuter like me, you’d know what I’m talking about. I take the train to Manila everyday– and trust me– looking “eyecatching” to pickpocketers is the last thing you’d want to be. It’s just really sad that thefts are so common nowadays,  that instead of telling people not to steal, we are told to not look like ” potential targets”. 

The sad reality is, evil people are everywhere. I know not everyone’s like that, and I still believe that the number of good people still outweighs the bad– but that’s just the way it is, living in this world. It’s always a matter of keeping yourself safe from potential harm.

Anyway, we’re going really off-topic here HAHA. Allow me to share some tips on how I manage to commute and still dress-up for school.

1. Sometimes, if my clothes are too flashy/revealing (like this outfit), I wear a plain jacket/ a shirt/ a polo over my top. Super hassle niya, I know, but it’s just to keep you safe– especially from those nakakairitang manyaks in the train!

2. Always, ALWAYS wear your backpacks facing the front. Lol. It  may look weird, but trust me! One time, being my stupid, naive self back then, I put my iPhone in my backpack, because I thought that no one would even notice or attempt to get it from me. But lo and behold, just when I felt someone unzip my bag, and before even getting a chance to glance at him/her, the thief mysteriously just disappeared with my phone. BTW, this happened in Robinson’s Manila– a mall just beside my university.

3. DON’T wear accessories while riding trains/jeeps/etc. Only wear them once you’re inside the premises of your campus. 

4. Wear ONLY COMFORTABLE CLOTHES. Always take note that the city is a hot, dirty place so make sure that the clothes you wear are comfy. 

5.  Stay alert at all times!

I wore this to school last week! It’s a really simple outfit, but the good thing is that it’s stylish and really comfortable. This summer semester, I just wear shorts/skirts to school because, with this kind of heat happening right now, wearing pants is just plain suicide, 





Top- bazaar |Shorts- Forever 21| Flats- Payless




Outfit shots taken by Ken

OK I have to go now so that I could prepare for my speech in Comm 3 class tomorrow! I AM SO NERVOUS. WasdfdsaddQWRGGsdvr3456yf
 this is my way to release tension~

Pushing myself to the limits now cause in a matter of time (like, less than a week, really) IT’S FINALLY GON BE SUMMER VACATION!!!!


Lol hope the tips helped you girlies!

xoxo,
The Teenage Queen

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Featured: Yabu: The House of Katsu


Everyone’s been blogging about Yabu ever since last year. It’s just sad that it was only a month ago when I finally had the chance to try it out!

My family and I tried out the SM North Edsa branch. The place was clean and it was able to accommodate a lot of customers! 


While waiting for our orders, our server explained to us how to make our own sauce. 


It was fun grinding these! hehe







Our orders came in after about 10-15 minutes or so. 
Yabu served in really big portions! Plus, they had unli-soup, unli-rice, unli-fruits, unli-sidedish, and unli-tea, too!!!

I ordered pork tongkatsu (180 grams) ! It was too big for me, actually, so I didn’t get to finish it. πŸ™ But it was super delicious! Yabu has offered me the best tongkatsu dish I’ve ever had!





My family tried out another set. It had chicken and seafood tongkatsu πŸ™‚ 


All in all, I’d rate my experience in Yabu a 5/5! We were really happy with our meals. Although it was really pricey (price range is 400 pesos and higher), it was totally worth it! The food was served in super big portions, and it was super yummy, too!

Thanks for a great dining experience, Yabu!
xoxo,
The Teenage Queen



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