The Awesome Things: February 2017

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Guernsey | The United Kingdom



Guernsey is that tiny island located off the coast of Normandy. It was around mid-Ausgust when we went there. It was such a lovely, quaint, small isle with its balmy weather. I just love how the people speak there with there cute british accent as thoughthe characters came out straight from a Nanny McPhee movie. 


Victorian-styled houses with flowers draped out of the windows.



We went shopping to its nearby shops and it was a bit pricey since everything was in Pounds. We just managed to buy us some chocolates with liqeur and went window shopping. Hahah. P.S. Those chocolate liqeurs are not so good. I ended spitting it out. Yuck.









Wednesday, February 8, 2017

IPL Hair Removal Review | Veet Infini'Silk IPL Hair Removal System Home Use



Being  hairy has been a major dilemma for me. The hairs from my legs started to grow really long and curly naturally when I was in puberty stage at age 12. I decided that I could not take it anymore as I can no longer wear shorts or skirts at age 13 without getting teased by my classmates. I then tried shaving but it only made matters worst. I also tried that veet shaving cream and Epilin waxing but that only kept me hair free for barely a month and I'd have to wax again which is so tiring, time-consuming and messy. Whenever I feel lazy from waxing, my hairs would grow to its normal horrendous self again. People took notice and they keep telling me maybe I was mistakenly made into a woman when I could have been a man instead. Whenever my legs would touch others legs, they say my hairs are like knives or sometimes they say it's like a sandpaper.

Deep inside, I can't help but feel offended, hurt by it at times and insecure about my abnormal hair growth which they call hirsutism. I think I got this trait from my late father who was also very hairy. Whenever I see men who have no hairs on their legs, I can't help but feel bad at my hairy legs. I can't wear shorts or dresses anytime I want. I still have to painstakingly wax it so that I can look more feminine as well as feel good about myself. Good thing I discovered Veet Infini'Silk IPL online as I was researching a solution for my condition. I bought this for 173 USD at Amazon and had it shipped internationally to the Philippines. It took 2 weeks before the product finally arrived. I was so happy and excited to use it when it finally came.

            





I read the instructions carefully and said that it's more effective if your hairs are dark and stubby just like mine. The manual says that I need to shave my legs before using it but I didn't like to shave my legs ever, so I waxed it instead. After 2 days I made sure that I didn't have any open cuts from waxing and that's when I started zaping my legs. I didn't want to shave it prior to zaping as maybe I would cut myself from it and maybe it would cause an infection if I use it immediately after shaving. 

uring my first treatment, I turned it to the highest level which is 5. I zap my hairs one section at a time and it took me 30 mins to complete zapping both my lower legs. I think I might have placed the machine too hard on my skin as I had a few burn patches on my skin. Oops! 

On my second treatment I pressed it lightly and I didn't get burned anymore. I do my IPL treatments at a 2 weeks interval for 5 months before reducing the treatment to every 3 weeks. I'm now on my 22nd treatment after 1 year of using it. 

Honestly I've seen considerable results on my lower lip and lower legs. Not so on my bikini and underarms maybe because of more hormones development on those areas.

Basically, my hair growth on my legs has reduced considerably and I've seen less hairs now and if there are still any it's growing so slowly. About 70-80% of the hairs has reduced. It has not completely disappeared though but it's less daunting now than before and my hairs would usually fall off a week after treatment or if it does not fall off, I just pull it really lightly and the hair is gone. No more waxing, shaving. No more hassle. I wish I would be completely hair free though. But it's an improvement so far.

As of now, I've used 7000 flashes so far. The device is good for 50,000 flashes so maybe it will last for a few more years before it would get burned out. I just do my treatment once a month now for maintenance and I'm really happy with the results. I don't do treatments though during period as my skin is very sensitive to bruising and scarring during those times. 





Sunday, February 5, 2017

MonteCarlo | Monaco Monaco

The world's second smallest state. This tiny country dotes on the super rich and famous for their glittering hotels, casinos and sports scenes. Only the super wealthy can afford the upscale cost of living in Monaco and its lavish lifestyle.

I wonder how much this yacht cost?!



One of the nooks and crannies in Monaco where some scenes were taken for the Iron Man movie.

And temember this? This was also the hotel where the movie Montecarlo was taken starting aselena Gomez.

I can't believe I got the opportunity to visit this place too.








Swimming pool by the busiest part of the city.

Yacht harbor in Montecarlo






Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Casablanca, Morocco | Follow me in Africa


I first heard about Morocco back in highschool. For all I know, Morocco was the country where the argan oil originated. I imagined Morocco with its orange and red themed interiors, it's Arabian style marketplace and dessert like weather.

Morrocco is also one of the countries where Filipinos don't need a visa to enter. Just prepare $1000 plane fare to get there from Manila though, yes I looked it up.

This small country is a part of the African continent just bordering the Mediterranean sea. Our cruise ship happen to have a stop in Casablanca which gave us the opportunity to explore Morocco, it's famous souks (marketplace) and Moorish design architecture. In case you don't know what Moorish is, like me. I also looked it up in google and it's a style inspired by the Muslims in North Africa. 

The city centre from the port where we docked in Casablanca was quite far. It was right at the far end of the port. We tried to haggle a taxi to take us to the center when he was trying to overprice us. We managed have the price lowered and we paid Euro 20 to get to their souks. Upon arriving at their marketplace, their stalls were so unorganized. Some locals were trying to lure us to their shops giving us good prices even though it was already pretty expensive for fake items. It's best that you go to their public spaces in groups as there are also a lot of tricksters around the area. I wasn't too big on shopping there as their designs are a bit outdated or plainly just not my taste. They had some dwarf like designed shoes, dresses that I could never wear in my country. The place was similar to a marketplace in Manila which we call Divisoria, but at least Divisoria has air con stalls and styling clothes.








Marketplace that reminds me of the movie Alladin.



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