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My mane-stays

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 2:17PM by Kathryne W 0 Comments -
2005. That was the year I decided to grow my hair long. Six years after, my hair is past my waistline. Except for the quarterly 2-inch trimming for maintenance, I haven't had a serious haircut since then.
Unravel the mistery. I discovered that I have soft natural curls, a lot of times I am asked where I had my hair permed. Growing up, I remember my hair being straight and lifeless. Then came hair color experimentation, bob cut, pixie-style, and so on. Probably these were the reasons why my hair took a different form. Reborn.
It is hard to find the right products for my hair. Honestly, I have not settled yet for the ideal shampoo and conditioner. I do color touch-ups for my hair every three months. Trim some split ends. Moisturize bi-monthly. All on my own. Fab and frugal it is!
Having said that, most products come and go. But these mane-stays (mainstays) deserve some serious accolade. The good news, they won't cost you a fortune- they are drugstore brands!
L-R: Tresseme Straightening Gel, Garnier Fructis Leave-In (Color Shield), Pantene Detangler (Curly), Tresseme Waterless Foam Shampoo, Garnier Glossing Spray
In days I want to give my waves a break, I straighten my hair with a flat iron. Tresseme Straightening Gel instantly smoothes wavy hair. I use it before exposing my hair to heat. It stays all day.
Since I color my hair (ok, I cover up some gray hairs, yay!), I use a leave-in conditioner like Garnier Fructis which is formulated for color-treated hair. I use this after shampoo and conditioner. It makes my hair extra-soft, for real.
Before showering, I detangle my hair with Pantene Curly Hair Series Detangler. I spritz my hair and then brush it. This process makes it easy for the shampoo and conditioner to glide. For the record, I only brush my hair during bath time. Never when my hair is dry so the waves stay as natural as possible.
Shampooing everyday strips off natural oil from hair and scalp. This is the reason for dry and brittle hair. I learned this from my hairstylist. Experts say wash your hair once or twice a week. I do mine thrice. In between, I use Tresseme Waterless Foam Shampoo for dry/curly to normal hair. I pump the bottle a few times and apply throughout hair with fingertips. The fresh scent will mask your waterless days.
For added shine, I turn to Garnier Glossing Spray. I spray it over my hair and see a noticeable brilliant shine.
Me, myself, and my hair
Dry and brittle hair ain't fab. Hair is a woman's crowning glory. </p> <p>* Get inspired*  Life is an endless journey. Only when you walk.


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Fab and Frugal: Make your own lip gloss

Wed, 01/19/2011 - 1:32PM by Kathryne W 0 Comments -
Have you ever experienced not finding a lip gloss or lip stick with a color that you really want? Like something that would match your eye shadow or your mood for the day? Graduate from the same shade you wore in years and try this Do-It-Yourself Lip gloss.
It's so simple even a seven-year old can do it. Seriously. Ready for the materials? Here they are...
Eyeshadow (Pressed or loose), Petroleum jelly, bobby pin
Petroleum jelly has a gamut of functions. It is used to moisturize lips, relieve chapped lips, remove makeup, prevent diaper rash, remove gum stuck in hair, etc. It is a staple in our household. It's so cheap and can be bought from your pharmacy or grocery store. Mixed with pigment, you just owned your first customized lip gloss.
If you are using a pressed powder eyeshadow, grab that bobby pin and scrape a little to produce loose powder. See sample image below.
Choose the color you want. I chose shimmer bronze
Using a clean cotton tip, scoop a small amount of petroleum jelly
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Mix loose pigment and jelly in a clean container
<p>And the result.....
Apply on lips with a lip brush or cotton tip. 
Exfoliate your lips to remove dead skin cells. To make your own, click here.
Fab, fast and fun. I'm loving this!
* Get inspired*  Experience is the best teacher. Only if you learned a thing or two.
 


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Fab and Frugal: Make your own lip gloss

Wed, 01/19/2011 - 1:32PM by Kathryne W 0 Comments -
Have you ever experienced not finding a lip gloss or lip stick with a color that you really want? Like something that would match your eye shadow or your mood for the day? Graduate from the same shade you wore in years and try this Do-It-Yourself Lip gloss.
It's so simple even a seven-year old can do it. Seriously. Ready for the materials? Here they are...
Eyeshadow (Pressed or loose), Petroleum jelly, bobby pin
Petroleum jelly has a gamut of functions. It is used to moisturize lips, relieve chapped lips, remove makeup, prevent diaper rash, remove gum stuck in hair, etc. It is a staple in our household. It's so cheap and can be bought from your pharmacy or grocery store. Mixed with pigment, you just owned your first customized lip gloss.
If you are using a pressed powder eyeshadow, grab that bobby pin and scrape a little to produce loose powder. See sample image below.
Choose the color you want. I chose shimmer bronze
Using a clean cotton tip, scoop a small amount of petroleum jelly
<p>
Mix loose pigment and jelly in a clean container
<p>And the result.....
Apply on lips with a lip brush or cotton tip. 
Exfoliate your lips to remove dead skin cells. To make your own, click here.
Fab, fast and fun. I'm loving this!
* Get inspired*  Experience is the best teacher. Only if you learned a thing or two.
 


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Fab & Natural: DIY Tomato Face Mask

Tue, 01/18/2011 - 10:27PM by Kathryne W 0 Comments -
With or without makeup, our skin is exposed to a myriad of pollutants. Treat yourself with this simple, all-natural homemade mask. You only need one ingredient: T.O.M.A.T.O.</p>
Tomatoes have been documented to provide skin the following benefits:
  • Lycopene- fights free radicals
  • Vitamin C- brightens dull skin and unclogs pores
  • Vitamin A- builds healthy skin
  • Anti-aging properties
  • Cooling and astringent properties

Wash your face with a gentle cleanser or face scrub. Slice a medium-sized tomato in half. Mash with a fork. Apply juice and pulp over face, avoiding eye area. Leave for 15 minutes or until the juice has dried up. You will feel a little tingling sensation. Wash with warm water. Pat dry. Optional: follow with toner or moisturizer ( I skipped toner and moisturizer because I want the tomato to do its own job).

The results are amazing. I woke up with radiant and fresh-looking face.

Oh! And what to do with the other half of the tomato? Use it to garnish your salad. Talk about multi-tasking.

Fresh and natural. That's fab!

<p>* Get inspired* "Life is simple. Uncomplicate the complicated."


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Fab & Natural: DIY Tomato Face Mask

Tue, 01/18/2011 - 10:27PM by Kathryne W 0 Comments -
With or without makeup, our skin is exposed to a myriad of pollutants. Treat yourself with this simple, all-natural homemade mask. You only need one ingredient: T.O.M.A.T.O.</p>
Tomatoes have been documented to provide skin the following benefits:
  • Lycopene- fights free radicals
  • Vitamin C- brightens dull skin and unclogs pores
  • Vitamin A- builds healthy skin
  • Anti-aging properties
  • Cooling and astringent properties

Wash your face with a gentle cleanser or face scrub. Slice a medium-sized tomato in half. Mash with a fork. Apply juice and pulp over face, avoiding eye area. Leave for 15 minutes or until the juice has dried up. You will feel a little tingling sensation. Wash with warm water. Pat dry. Optional: follow with toner or moisturizer ( I skipped toner and moisturizer because I want the tomato to do its own job).

The results are amazing. I woke up with radiant and fresh-looking face.

Oh! And what to do with the other half of the tomato? Use it to garnish your salad. Talk about multi-tasking.

Fresh and natural. That's fab!

<p>* Get inspired* "Life is simple. Uncomplicate the complicated."


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Fab & Fun: JLo- Inspired Hair & Makeup

Tue, 01/18/2011 - 3:03PM by Kathryne W 0 Comments -
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So fab JLo! Image from here
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Jennifer Lopez is one of my favorite celebrities. She has the grace and sophistication reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour. She looks fabulous 24/7.
Her hair and makeup in the recently concluded Golden Globe Awards 2011 inspired me to channel ala JLo look today. It's fab, fun and easy.
Let's begin the process:
FACE:
1. Prep your face. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser, followed with toner and moisturizer.
2. Apply face foundation. I suggest using a face primer prior to applying liquid foundation so your makeup last longer. This also helps create a flawless canvass for your makeup.
3. If you have dark under eye circles, dab concealer under the eye area.
4. Apply eyeshadow. I suggest using eye primer prior to applying eye shadow to prevent smudging and creasing.
5. For the eyeshadows, select colors that have silver/gunmetal, vanilla/shimmer cream colors. You have the option to use pressed powder or loose powder eyeshadow type.
6. Apply the lighter shade (shimmer cream/vanilla) from the inner corner of the eye, up to midline. Apply same shade below arch of eyebrow and tear duct.
7. Blend a darker shade (silver/gray/gunmetal) from the outer corner of the eye, up to midline. The lighter and darker shades should meet. With your eye blending brush, blend the darker shade upward with light strokes.
8. Line your upper lash line with waterproof liquid eyeliner. Create a small wing effect on the outer corner. (Optional) Line your lower lashline with black eye pencil.
9. Curl your eyelash. Apply 4 coats of mascara. (Optional) Wear fake eyelashes for more dramatic effect.
10. Apply light pink blush. Smile to locate the apple of your cheeks.
11. Fill your lips with nude lip pencil. Apply nude lip gloss over it.
HAIR:
1. Pony tail your hair.
2. Get a small portion of your hair to tie it around the base. Secure with bobby pins.
3. Finish off with hair spray.
My own rendition....
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Wanna know the makeups I used? These are for illustration purposes only. Feel free to use your own.
Click image to zoom.
1. Make Up Forever Mat Velvet+ Foundation  2. Kryolan Blush on  3 e.l.f. lip gloss
4. Estee Lauder lip pencil  5 Urban Decay Loose Pigment (Gunmetal)   6. Urban Decay Loose Pigment (Yeyo)  7 Maybelline mascara   8 Urban Decay black eyeliner   9 Sephora cream shimmer  
10 e.l.f. eyelash curler  11. Scotch tape- used to pick up eye shadow fallouts!
I learned this trick from a MUA. Use a clear scotch tape to pick up eyeshadow fallouts from your face. Don't brush these "crumbs" off as they will stain your makeup. Neat huh?!
Going out on a date? Attending a corporate function? Rock this look!
Fab and glam. Oh-lala!
*Get inspired* "Sometimes good things happen to those who wait. But better things happen to those who have faith"


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Fab & Fun: JLo- Inspired Hair & Makeup

Tue, 01/18/2011 - 3:03PM by Kathryne W 0 Comments -
<p>
So fab JLo! Image from here
<p>
Jennifer Lopez is one of my favorite celebrities. She has the grace and sophistication reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour. She looks fabulous 24/7.
Her hair and makeup in the recently concluded Golden Globe Awards 2011 inspired me to channel ala JLo look today. It's fab, fun and easy.
Let's begin the process:
FACE:
1. Prep your face. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser, followed with toner and moisturizer.
2. Apply face foundation. I suggest using a face primer prior to applying liquid foundation so your makeup last longer. This also helps create a flawless canvass for your makeup.
3. If you have dark under eye circles, dab concealer under the eye area.
4. Apply eyeshadow. I suggest using eye primer prior to applying eye shadow to prevent smudging and creasing.
5. For the eyeshadows, select colors that have silver/gunmetal, vanilla/shimmer cream colors. You have the option to use pressed powder or loose powder eyeshadow type.
6. Apply the lighter shade (shimmer cream/vanilla) from the inner corner of the eye, up to midline. Apply same shade below arch of eyebrow and tear duct.
7. Blend a darker shade (silver/gray/gunmetal) from the outer corner of the eye, up to midline. The lighter and darker shades should meet. With your eye blending brush, blend the darker shade upward with light strokes.
8. Line your upper lash line with waterproof liquid eyeliner. Create a small wing effect on the outer corner. (Optional) Line your lower lashline with black eye pencil.
9. Curl your eyelash. Apply 4 coats of mascara. (Optional) Wear fake eyelashes for more dramatic effect.
10. Apply light pink blush. Smile to locate the apple of your cheeks.
11. Fill your lips with nude lip pencil. Apply nude lip gloss over it.
HAIR:
1. Pony tail your hair.
2. Get a small portion of your hair to tie it around the base. Secure with bobby pins.
3. Finish off with hair spray.
My own rendition....
Click image to zoom

Wanna know the makeups I used? These are for illustration purposes only. Feel free to use your own.
Click image to zoom.
1. Make Up Forever Mat Velvet+ Foundation  2. Kryolan Blush on  3 e.l.f. lip gloss
4. Estee Lauder lip pencil  5 Urban Decay Loose Pigment (Gunmetal)   6. Urban Decay Loose Pigment (Yeyo)  7 Maybelline mascara   8 Urban Decay black eyeliner   9 Sephora cream shimmer  
10 e.l.f. eyelash curler  11. Scotch tape- used to pick up eye shadow fallouts!
I learned this trick from a MUA. Use a clear scotch tape to pick up eyeshadow fallouts from your face. Don't brush these "crumbs" off as they will stain your makeup. Neat huh?!
Going out on a date? Attending a corporate function? Rock this look!
Fab and glam. Oh-lala!
*Get inspired* "Sometimes good things happen to those who wait. But better things happen to those who have faith"


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Fab & Fit in 2011

Mon, 01/17/2011 - 7:30PM by Kathryne W 0 Comments -
With so many things going on right now, most complimentary magazines I have been getting from the mail are hardly ever touched and read. Finally, I got the chance today to sit down and browse through some of them.</p> <p>This one got my attention- a slimmer and more fabulous- looking Kelly Osbourne on the cover of Shape Magazine (December 2010). The once wild child of rock star Ozzy Osbourne amazingly dropped 50 pounds! 
Smokin' hot bod Kelly O!
Perpetually called " fat and ugly" for the most part of her life, Kelly said that these criticisms damaged her self-esteem. She described herself an emotional eater. After she got discharged from a rehab center in 2009, she confessed replacing drugs with food to help her deal with personal issues. 
Kelly O before (Image from here)
Then came Dancing with the Stars. She said her dance partner Louis van Amstel taught her a thing or two on proper diet. To keep her energy up, she advocates a high- protein low- carb diet. Combined with exercise, portion control, and self-discipline,  she has gained her confidence back. Big time.
To see a sample of a high-protein, low-carb diet, click here.
                                                                 
I began my path to healthy living six years ago. Believe it or not, I was chunky before. Between year 2000 -2005 to be exact. With my petite stature,  parading around with extra pounds made me look like Mrs. Humpty Dumpty. I have tried various gym memberships, yoga, belly dancing, diet pills, boxing, all to no avail. I hated what I see in the mirror. BFF meant Best Fast Food then.  Quarter pounder from Mcdonald's. Pepperoni from Pizza Hut. Strawberry shake from Burger King. Going home late from work was a lame excuse for a quick drive-thru. I used food to comfort me after stressful work meetings, personal drama, and the like. My self-esteem was its lowest point. What I lacked then was very much like Kelly's. Self- discipline and motivation.</p>
My life took a different twist some years later. I promised myself to love and take care of myself more than ever. Health is the best gift we can give ourselves and loved ones. Though I still don't have well sculpted abs, defined biceps, and toned legs, I have won the battle against the bulge. It wasn't easy but let me tell you this with all candor, I have never felt this happy about my health, looks  and life!
Fab and Fit is in. Be one.
Lose weight while doing household chores. To know how much calories you burn while mopping floors, doing laundry, click here. Clean house and fit body, so fab!


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Fab & Fit in 2011

Mon, 01/17/2011 - 7:30PM by Kathryne W 0 Comments -
With so many things going on right now, most complimentary magazines I have been getting from the mail are hardly ever touched and read. Finally, I got the chance today to sit down and browse through some of them.</p> <p>This one got my attention- a slimmer and more fabulous- looking Kelly Osbourne on the cover of Shape Magazine (December 2010). The once wild child of rock star Ozzy Osbourne amazingly dropped 50 pounds! 
Smokin' hot bod Kelly O!
Perpetually called " fat and ugly" for the most part of her life, Kelly said that these criticisms damaged her self-esteem. She described herself an emotional eater. After she got discharged from a rehab center in 2009, she confessed replacing drugs with food to help her deal with personal issues. 
Kelly O before (Image from here)
Then came Dancing with the Stars. She said her dance partner Louis van Amstel taught her a thing or two on proper diet. To keep her energy up, she advocates a high- protein low- carb diet. Combined with exercise, portion control, and self-discipline,  she has gained her confidence back. Big time.
To see a sample of a high-protein, low-carb diet, click here.
                                                                 
I began my path to healthy living six years ago. Believe it or not, I was chunky before. Between year 2000 -2005 to be exact. With my petite stature,  parading around with extra pounds made me look like Mrs. Humpty Dumpty. I have tried various gym memberships, yoga, belly dancing, diet pills, boxing, all to no avail. I hated what I see in the mirror. BFF meant Best Fast Food then.  Quarter pounder from Mcdonald's. Pepperoni from Pizza Hut. Strawberry shake from Burger King. Going home late from work was a lame excuse for a quick drive-thru. I used food to comfort me after stressful work meetings, personal drama, and the like. My self-esteem was its lowest point. What I lacked then was very much like Kelly's. Self- discipline and motivation.</p>
My life took a different twist some years later. I promised myself to love and take care of myself more than ever. Health is the best gift we can give ourselves and loved ones. Though I still don't have well sculpted abs, defined biceps, and toned legs, I have won the battle against the bulge. It wasn't easy but let me tell you this with all candor, I have never felt this happy about my health, looks  and life!
Fab and Fit is in. Be one.
Lose weight while doing household chores. To know how much calories you burn while mopping floors, doing laundry, click here. Clean house and fit body, so fab!


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Fab and Frugal: DIY Makeup Brush Holder

Mon, 01/17/2011 - 12:36AM by Kathryne W 0 Comments -
<p>Time for another Do-It-Yourself Fab Ladies!
Don't let your makeup brushes gather dirt and bacteria by just letting them sit in your dresser. A fab woman is neat, organized, and creative.
Makeup brush holders or organizers such as those styled after Sephora can cost anywhere from $30-up.
Enter Ms. Fab and Frugal. These makeup brush organizers are made from what you already own plus a little bit of creative imagination. Scroll down to discover the unusual filler-supplies.
Can you guess what these hot pink stuff are made from?
While buying a new bed for our dog, I saw this on my way to the cashier:
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Hot pink tiny gravel used to fill aquarium! Isn't that neat?
You don't need to buy the same stuff. Beads, small glass pebbles and even coffee beans can function as fillers for your glass jar. Choose colors which represent your personality or favorite hues. Use any clear jars or plastic containers you own to hold your brushes.
Now they make nice decorative pieces in my vanity closet
Fab and Frugal. Now that's fun!
*Get inspired*  Maybe is mediocrity. Whether it's a Yes or No, you have to stand up for your decision. If it's the right one, thank yourself. If it's wrong, at least you tried".


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