Love, Madness, Poetry: He probably doesn’t know what he wants.

“He may still love you. He probably does. He probably doesn’t know what he wants. He probably still thinks about you all the time. But that isn’t what matters. What matters is what he’s doing about it, and what he’s doing about it is nothing. And if he’s doing nothing, you most certainly shouldn’t do anything. You need someone who goes out of their way to make it obvious that they want you in their life.” 

— Eliza Engellenner

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Pin It Pinas: Pinterest Philippines is here, and we’re all hooked!!

Check out my board! 🙂
Hey, everyone!
I’m pretty sure y’all heard of Pinterest, right? Just in case you haven’t yet (which also means you might be living under a rock then, cause Pinterest is everywhere now, hahahaha kidding!!) , it’s a visual bookmarking tool that helps you discover and save creative ideas. And guess what? I’m HOOKED!
You can pin things (on any topic you want!) from around the web to your very own board. Personally, I use Pinterest to help me get ideas and inspiration for OOTDs, DIY projects, and recipes to make (yes, I’ve recently fallen in love with the kitchen, you guys! Here’s to being a step closer to becoming a #domesticgoddess. Lol) . What’s awesome about Pinterest is that it’s not just about photos! Each pin links you to the website where it came from so you can learn and discover more about it. 
Anyway, I find Pinterest REALLY, REALLY useful! It’s my mood board for pegs and inspiration, and   you’ll find it helpful for you, too, especially if you’re a visual thinker like me. Hehe. (Just in case you’re asking, my account is https://www.pinterest.com/heyhershey/.  )
If you don’t have an account yet, the first 10 people can sign up using this exclusive invite link. Whoever is not on Pinterest yet can use that link; it’s available only for a limited time so hurry!
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Here are some stuff I pinned on my board recently. I pinned them from different websites and accounts. 🙂

And here are my very own posts! 🙂

I’d love to see YOUR board! Please comment your Pinterest accounts below so I can follow you.
xoxo,
Hershey

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Love, Madness, Poetry: How to Pretend It Doesn’t Hurt by Ashe Vernon

It’s 4AM and I just finished doing work. I can’t sleep, and I don’t think I have plans on doing so anymore; I have to wake up by 6 for school. So here I am writing this post, tryna get my mind off things; tryna focus on what’s important, on the here and on the now.

A week ago, my sorority sis sent me a poem that she stumbled upon that night. She knew I was feeling down, and that this would somehow make me feel better. She was right.

I just thought It’d be nice to share it with you, too. 

Here’s to the girls who had every piece inside of them break and crumble.
We are more than our heartaches.
We are strong, and in time, we will not just get by
— we will grow and blossom and love again.

How to Pretend It Doesn’t Hurt
by Ashe Vernon
When he says he doesn’t love you anymore, roll your shoulders back and look him in the eye even when it feels like your ribs are breaking inward; like spider legs.
When he digs up old aches that he swore he forgave you for, smile and ask him why he didn’t leave you sooner.
Ignore the way the words feel like sandpaper running all the way up your throat to your mouth.
When he blames you for mistakes that wear his face, do not scream.
Do not cry.
Tell him that there are boys who would be proud to say they’d love you.
Tell him that in two years you won’t even remember his name and don’t let him see the way you can taste your own lie.
When he leaves, ignore the howling in your blood and do not get up after him. Not even to lock the door.
Do not, do not, DO NOT. Smell his shirts when you box them up to give them back. Not one.
Swear off dating when you realize you’re chasing ghosts that wear his smile.
It’s okay to cry over him. It’s even okay to forgive him. But do not go back to him if he did not know how to love you the first time. He won’t know how to do it the next.
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Cheenee and Cookie Salon: A Shabby Chic Nail Salon at BGC Owned by Sisters!

C&C Salon owners, Cookie (left) and Cheenee (right). Photo by Jayvee Florendo
I had been itching to get a mani-pedi since forever, and so two weeks ago, I visited a shabby chic and homey salon to get the job done. The awesome part? It’s literally just one building away from our office at BGC!  #BGCWorkingGirlPerks hahaha.

Cheenee and Cookie Salon (or “C and C Salon”) is owned by (surprise, surprise) young-fresh-and-unbreakable-duo-and-sisters-in-real-life, Cheenee and Cookie. It is located in F1 Hotel, which is just in front of Home Depot and S&R.

Inside the salon, you’ll notice how comfortable the place is. No loud interiors, no extravagant lighting, no walls that scream out hot pink and girly. Instead, you’ll see colors of neutral grays, subtle purples, and classic whites. Everything is classy– but not over the top. It was the perfect mix of sophisticated and casual, shabby and chic. The place reminded me of a doll house; a home away from home. 


Here’s a quick tour of the salon:


The staircase is adorable! 

OUTFIT DETAILS: Top: Aeropostale, Cardigan: tiangge, Skirt: Forever 21, Bag: from States


The 2nd floor is my favorite part of the salon. It’s the ideal venue for girls’ night outs and for intimate dates with your loved one.

The owners said that the salon was themed grey and purple to make their customers more at ease. The last thing whey wanted was to  intimidate their “guy guests” by making the place look very girly. C&C Salon is a home away from home, and that is why it is important to make every guest feel relaxed and comfortable.

 

Here’s a super quick interview with young, brilliant entrepreneur sisters, Cheenee and Cookie 🙂


H: What is Cheenee and Cookie passionate about?
C &C Salon: Together, as sisters, we have a passion to make others feel beautiful inside and out. Whether through foot spas or nail cleaning/design, we enjoy giving people the pampering they deserve.

H: What inspired you to open C& C Salon?
C& C Salon: BGC is a very busy area. Many people are always at work and in a rush. We were inspired to start C&C because we wanted to create a place for people to relax in the midst of their busy schedule. It is their home away from home. Also, we wanted to start our own business at a young age.

H: What can people expect from C&C Salon?
C&C Salon: People can expect to be surrounded by a shabby chic environment that helps you relax as if you were at home. C&C teaches our team of aestheticians to help you feel the value you have. We call you “guests”, not  “customers”.

H: What motto does Cheenee and Cookie live by?
C&C: Our two main mottos are “You deserve it.”, and “If you don’t treat yourself, you cheat yourself.”




One thing I like about C&C Salon is their services are very personal. When availing of their foot spa treatments, you get to choose your own scent. Serene smells like lavender, Sweet reminded me of vanilla milkshakes, and Sassy, with its citrus scent, awakened my senses. Guess what I chose? 😛 (hint: I love everything sweet!)

Another reason why their services are superb is because they value sanitation more than anything. Each guest is given his/her own ziplock with the ff. inside: a nail brush, a nail file, nail buffers, and sterilized tools.  After your service, you get to keep your file and buffers. 

Pampering time!
Choosing the polish color is always the hardest part, don’t you agree?


I ended up choosing Orly in pink! It’s so fresh and dainty!


Thanks for being so kind and accommodating, Cookie! Your passion inspires me so much. Continue on doing what you girls do. With a genuine heart and a fighting spirit like yours, you two will definitely go a long way! 

With co-owner, Cookie!

Happy!! 🙂


Great news!
C&C Salon is having a special 50% off promo from August 20 to August 31, 2015. 
MANI+PEDI with imported polish: 270 pesos (from 540 pesos)



Off to school. I’m ready to seize the day with dainty nails!! 🙂

Do I recommend going to this place? YES!! Do drop by if you’re at BGC area!

Like Cheenee and Cookie Salon on Facebook 
Follow them on Instagram @cheeneeandcookiesalon


xoxo,
Hershey

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Camp Courage PH: An empowering advocacy for today’s teen Filipinas!

Youth empowerment is something I will always be in support of, and that is why it was an honor to have witnessed the launch of CAMP COURAGE, a campaign whose advocacy I believed in.

Did you know that 75% of girls ages 13-17 want to feel accepted yet are afraid of being judged? Dyahe, hiya, and kaba are brought about by many changes that young Filipinas encounter, both socially and physically.

While the teenage years signal for a more promising phase in an individual’s life, many miss to seize the opportunities in front of them due to their insecurities and the lack of knowledge to empower them. These feelings become even more amplified with the changes that they start to experience in their own bodies, such as breakouts, oiliness, wetness down there, and monthly periods.

In its desire to understand and address the needs of Filipina teens, Johnson and Johnson Philippines came up with CAMP COURAGE.

Mary Clare Pineda and Isabel Garcia (founder of The Better Story Project) talk about confidence and saying yes to every opportunity 

What is CAMP COURAGE?

It is a movement and an advocacy that empowers today’s Filipina teens to celebrate their teenage years and to realize their full potentials.

Camp Courage will go around the Philippines to reach out to 400,000 Filipina teens in 500 schools nationwide. It will conduct workshops and activities that will help girls understand their bodies even better, know the right things to do in any situation, and find opportunities where they can enhance their talents and skills even more.

By September 2015, www.ourcampcourage.ph will be launched where teens can support each other by sharing stories that can motivate them to seize the moment.

Karen Co, Group Brand Manager for Teen Brands, Johnson and Johnson Philippines

Tumblers were scattered all over the tables so that we can design em and take them home!! Cute, huh??

 Our table!!
Liza Soberano, the face of the Camp Courage campaign, graced us with her presence today. 
“Just like any other teenager, I also go through a lot of insecurities that make me doubt myself and restrain me from moving confidently. Not many people know this, but every time I face  a large crowd, I experience stage fright. However, I’ve learned from the women I look up to that the teenage years is a very exciting phase in one’s life– packed with opportunities that we can’t allow to pass. That is why I am one with Camp Courage in empowering girls like me to be more confident to seize every moment.”  — Liza Soberano
The three other Camp Courage senior scouts joined Liza on stage and showed us their Camp Courage cheer!
With Ms. Cathy De Asis and my blogger friends, Phylicia Pineda and Stephanie Lee
Say hi to Kali Huff and Czari Domingo– my buddies today!! hehe!

 Thanks for having us today, Johnson and Johnson! 🙂 This is a really nice step towards youth and women empowerment; you have our support in this!

xoxo,
Hershey



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Goodbye, Acne Scars! : My Luminisce Skin Clinic Experience #HolisticSkinInnovations

I’ve been hearing so much about Luminisce Skin Clinic lately, so I decided to give it a visit last Friday. Located at the 2nd floor of the Mercury Drug building in 32nd street, Bonifacio Global City, the skin and laser clinic is owned by THE famous Dr. Kaycee Reyes– if you see her on TV or on print, don’t be surprised! She always gets featured for her skills and her works.
I’m a sucker for pretty interiors, and Luminisce Skin Clinic’s classy Victorian design won my heart!
Everything, down to the last detail, was very chic and pretty.

When I got inside, they offered me hot tea served in this adorable Victorian tea cup!! How cute!
After filling out my basic information, I was introduced to Dr. Kaycee Reyes herself. She was very beautiful, intelligent, and sweet. The moment I saw her, I knew I could trust my skin with her.

We had a skin consultation in her office. She asked me what my areas of insecurities were, and without thinking twice about it, I told her about my acne scars and my oily skin. She told me the reasons why I was having such problems (hormones, genetics, environmental conditions, etc.) and then she began writing procedures on paper, explaining to me how these treatments will help improve my skin.

After the consultation, they showed me the way to my room, which was very spacious, intimate, and relaxing.

Ready for my luxurious facial treatments!!
Disclaimer: I wasn’t able to take photos of each step/ procedure done to me, because it was difficult to do so with my eyes closed half the time. Hehe.
1. Luxury Facial
– Pain-free treatment that cleans pores, removes bacteria-causing acne, trapped dirt, and excess oil, while minimizing pores up to 2 weeks.
Facial massage
– This was honestly the best facial massage I had in my life! 😛
Sonophoresis
– Ultrasound waves seeped nutrients into my skin to remove blackheads and whiteheads.
Galvanic
– Electric currents safely passed through my skin using a special machine to lift and revitalize my skin

2. Hydrapower

-My skin was treated with Lactic acid (for skin rejuvenation and lightening), Salicylic acid (for treatment of acne), and moisturizer .
3. Rejuveclear Laser
-A  spot-on treatment that gradually removes acne scars, fine lines, stretch marks, and even discolored skin!
4. Ultima Reverse 
-LED light that cuts deep into the skin cells and slows skin’s aging process for younger-looking skin.

My Luminisce Skin Clinic experience was nothing short of amazing. The therapists were very professional (a big, big factor since it’s your face we’re talking about here!!), friendly, and accommodating. They were well-informed of every procedure being done to me. 
I was relaxed and assured of my safety the whole time, and I’m happy to say I left the place feeling more confident than ever!
My skin feels so healthy and radiant, and I couldn’t help but feel glowing! Thank you, Luminisce Skin Clinic, for taking care of my skin. I can’t wait to go back!

1 week post treatment photo
(Minimal make-up; I just used Luminisce’s sun block, lip tint, and blush)
Oops. Before I end this post, allow me to rave over this bottle of heaven! I love Luminisce’s matte sunblock. On days when I just want to skip putting on foundation, this Luminisce sunblock does the job. I use it every day and it feels so light on the face!!
A swatch of the product. I had mine in medium shade.
I also put on Luminisce’s aventurine cream once a night to treat my acne.
Do I recommend you to try out Luminisce Skin Clinic?
A BIG, BIG YES!

When it’s your skin we’re talking about, let only the experts take care of you.
It’s never, ever too late to start investing in your skin!
xoxo,
Hershey

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