It's been more than a decade ago when the first episode of Gossip Girl launched on our TV screens. Little did we know that it'll become a social and fashion phenomenon that would define our generation. I still remember that I was in high school then when I would stay up late just to wait for the latest episode because I could not go on any further without knowing the juicy details about the scandalous lives of Manhattan's elites.

Although it may seem like forever since Gossip Girl said her last "XOXO" but Blair Waldorf, gloriously played by the very beautiful Leighton Meester, still continues to reign supreme as the Queen Bee in our hearts.

Sure, Blair can be mean, petty and harsh on the surface, but she's also intelligent, driven, strong and kind-hearted. She has exquisite taste, incredibly stylish and most especially, she knows her worth. She became a role model for many young girls, including me. She taught us to not settle for anything less than what you deserve, to follow your dreams, fight for love and of course, to always, I mean always, be impeccably styled. So in honor of our favorite mean girl, here is Blair Waldorf's best style moments during the entire six season run of Gossip Girl.


Blair wearing a Zara Kids skirt while spending time with her father's new husband is our dream holiday look. 
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Who could totally pull off such a sparkly ensemble? The Queen B herself. 


Leave it to Blair to standout even when she's just going to school, cause you know, where better to showcase your collection of loud tights and flashy coats, right? Say hi to her signature slim red headband too! 

Blair wore this during a trip to the Hampton's. This outfit is proof that floral from head to toe could work, in the condition that you're Blair of course. It's so summery and girly. We'd totally wear to the Hampton's too, that is if we could go.


Nothing much, just a casual day out for the Upper East Side's resident mean girl.


When Blair Waldorf goes to brunch, expect nothing but another sophisticated ensemble.

When you mix fruit print with another fruit print in a dress, it usually doesn't work. But when you add Blair Waldorf into the mix, it suddenly becomes a sold out hit! This is B and S walking down the streets of Paris (Gossip Girl Paris episode is a treat to your fashionable eyes!). Sorry S, even if I love your outfit, I had to crop you out of the picture. :*


Headbands! Whenever I hear the name "Blair Waldorf", I can't help but think of headbands. It surely is her signature accessory. If you tell me you didn't try to rock headbands just because Blair did, you're surely lying. I know I did! 


Another outfit from their Paris episode. This is the dress Blair was wearing when she met Prince Louis after being dumped by Chuck, yet again.


Blair never went to a party and disrespected the dress code. Oh and can someone tell me HOOOOW could you NOT tell someone those 8 words, 3 letters, while she's looking as amazing as Blair does in this dress? TELL ME CHUCK!


Pearls plus headband? Power dressing done right. 

This one trumps all other outfits Blair has worn, ever. It commemorates her style in the best way possible and a great overall series ender. We applauded while she wore this custom made gown as she is wedded to Chuck Bass. A victory for all Chair fans every where.

Yes, Serena van der Woodsen has great style too, but that's worth a totally different post in itself. Thanks for reading! XOXO.

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Although it doesn't sound appealing and luxurious (probably icky too!), snail mucous is one of the key ingredients in the Asian Beauty Market. It was introduced in Asian skincare sometime around the 2010's and is now prevalent in beauty products we see on the shelves. Snail secretions are highly known for their moisturizing, anti-ageing and healing benefits.

I tried this face mask from the Korean brand, The SAEM. As a skincare newbie, this product marks my first encounter with snail mucous. 

Product Description: 

The SAEM Pure Natural Snail Mask Sheet is a concentrated snail mucous extract formula that deeply moisturizes and nourishes the skin. The four types of white flower extract complex promotes clear and bright skin. 

The SAEM Pure Natural Snail Mask Sheet does not contains artificial colors, parabens, benzophenone, sulfate, triethanolamine additive in its formulation and is one of two Pure types - Snail and Ginseng. 


Ingredients: 

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Snail Secretion Filtrate, PEG-75, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, PEG-50 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Chlorphenesin, Glycyrrhiza (Licorice) Root Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Coptis Japnica Root Extract, Cingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract, Fragrance.

Price: 

Around $1-2.00 (Php50-100). I'm not quite sure about the price point as I got it as a gift. 

Experience: 


I love the packaging. It's so simple and oozes a very elegant vibe. As the saying goes "Don't judge a face mask by it's packaging" (or was it originally about books? Haha), but who are we kidding? We buy sheet masks for their cute and creative packets and it's perfectly fine! 

I noticed the perfume-y scent immediately as I opened the pack. It wasn't bad or anything, but it's just something that you'd really notice. The sheet itself was thinner than most masks I've tried. I actually sort of ripped it while pulling it out of its package. I guess I came on too strong. 

There was a lot of essence inside but it did not drip all the way to my neck. The fit was great, just a little bit of crinkles here and there but overall, fantastic. I felt a tingly sensation during initial application but it subsided after about a minute or so. I left it on for 25 minutes as stated in the directions. 

It dried down quite well and I love the non-sticky feeling it left. My face did not look oily or icky, it looked plump and hydrated. However, its extra hydration effect were only good for a couple hours. This is a let down since moisturization is The SAEM Pure Natural Snail Mask Sheet's main selling point. I didn't notice any breakouts after using this product, which is always a plus! 

Upon writing, I have used this mask a couple of times all with the same result. 

Thoughts: 


Nothing is technically wrong with The SAEM Pure Natural Snail Mask Sheet, however, I wouldn't repurchase because of the fact that there are other masks available with the same price that would likely give me better results. I will still finish my stash of course. 

That's about it for me. Hope you enjoyed this short review. Have you tried this mask? Do you use any products with snail mucous? 

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There are loads of buffet choices in Cebu City. Some are cheap, some are mid-priced and there's the hotel buffets. Fortunately, Buffet 101, a buffet restaurant in Cebu, combines mid-priced affordability and a five-star hotel setting. With it's intricate interior decor and ballroom like size, you'll surely dine in elegance and luxury. 



Buffet 101 is fairly new. It has just opened its doors in Cebu City last December 5, 2015. Thanks to its upscale vibe and fair price, it had grown to be one of the city's go to buffet restaurants.





It boasts of a wide variety of food choices ranging from Japanese to Mexican. They also have several stations that's fitting for every food craving you may have. They have a Seafood Station which you can choose any fresh seafood and have them cook it for you in anyway you want it to be cooked.







 They have a Pasta Station where you can request a certain pasta dish in their menu to be prepared for you. In their Steak Station, you can ask for steak, whether it be beef, pork or lamb and have it ready in the way you want it. A shawarma station where you can make your own shawarma. Their drinks station also contains free flowing draft beer and sangria wine. How awesome is that? Their dessert station is worthy to serve any sweet tooth and chocoholic.













For such a diverse buffet, the price you'll be paying is worth every penny. 


Buffet 101 is located at City Times Square 2, near Parkmall, Mantawi Drive, Mandaue City. Their lunch buffet is from 11:30-2:00am and their dinner buffet is at 5:30pm-11:00pm.

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Revlon ColorSilk Dark Ash Blonde

I usually don’t go to the salon for minor hair color changes and touch ups. I found it easier (and cheaper!) to do it at home using drug store hair dyes.

I noticed recently that my roots are already showing quite significantly, so it was about time that I did a touch up. I went to my local Watson’s and luckily, both Revlon and L’oreal hair dyes are on sale. I’ve used L’oreal for the past couple of years but I’ve never tried those from Revlon. This was probably because they were cheaper or had less color options available. This time though, Revlon had more shades available than L’oreal. It even included extremely blonde ones. Since my hair was already lighter than it normally is, I decided to try out some of Revlon’s blonder shades. I figured that the color would never work on me once I go back to my normal hair hues, so I just took the chance and grabbed a box of Revlon ColorSilk in Dark Ash Blonde. 


Product Description:

With Revlon 3D Color Gel Technology, ColorSilk Beautiful Color permanent hair dye delivers natural-looking, multi-tonal color from root to tip. The ammonia-free formula is infused with nourishing silk proteins and leaves your hair soft, silky, and in better condition than before you colored. Revlon ColorSilk Beautiful Color not only boosts color, but adds definition and dimensionality for hair that looks naturally radiant.
Available in 41 different shades, there’s a perfect Revlon ColorSilk Beautiful Color shade for you. No matter which hair color you choose, find long-lasting, high-definition color and shine in every box.
  
The box contains: Cream Color Developer, Ammonia-free Colorant, Plastic Gloves, Nourishing Hair Color Conditioner and an Instruction Manual.

Before you dye your hair you: (1) must not wash your hair for at least a day, (2) do a patch test. I learned that the reason for not washing your hair prior to applying hair dyes is so that you have a layer of oil buildup which would protect your scalp from dye chemicals. 
  

Directions:

1. Mix the colorant and cream color developer and shake well.

2. Before application of the hair dye, smear petroleum jelly (Vaseline) onto your hairline; including the nape of your neck, behind your ears etc to prevent staining.

3. Part your hair into 4 sections. Apply the hair dye evenly starting from the lower sections, working from the root to its ends. For touch ups, only apply the dye on your roots. Use either with a coloring brush or a comb with large gaps between its teeth.

4. Leave the dye on. If it is your first time coloring your hair, leave the hair solution for 25 minutes. For touch-ups, leave the mixture on for 20 minutes. For resistant gray hair, leave on for additional 5 minutes.

5. After the waiting period, rinse hair with warm water until the water runs clear.

6. Apply the nourishing conditioner and leave it on for 2 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

Thoughts:

Revlon ColorSilk is pretty cheap for the price I bought it with. I got it for P295.00. It was on sale though. The regular price is P395.00.

I noticed that Revlon ColorSilk did not have the chemical smell that most home hair dyes are associated with. It smelled so good and did not irritate my sensitive nose.

I love how the dye itself really is multi-dimensional. You can see multiple tones in it. This made it blend better with my current hair color, producing a more natural looking result. The consistency also made it easier to apply and I did not have any trouble with regards to the application.

The CONDITIONER! How can I describe it? Well, they should sell it on it’s own! My hair felt so soft, smooth and shiny after using it. I also love how it smelled like a bouquet of flowers. My hair, however, felt as dry as ever, if not drier, days after coloring.

Results:

Before coloring
After coloring using Revlon ColorSilk in Dark Ash Blonde
After Coloring using Revlon ColorSilk in Dark Ash Blonde
This is a before and after picture. My hair did turn out lighter after using Revlon ColorSilk Dark Ash Blonde but it did not achieve the color that was indicated in the box. There was a change but not that dramatic. Home hair dyes never really turn out as they look like in the box so I did expect that already. You should too if you're thinking about using one. If you need a major change in color, home hair dyes are definitely not for you. Save the major change on your next visit to the salon.

My sister kept telling me to develop the roots first, I didn’t listen. Oh well. The result? Still visible roots which are not the same color as the rest of my hair. Overall, I liked how the color turned out, except for my roots though which is definitely 100% on me.

I liked my first experience using Revlon ColorSilk and will consider using one again for future color sessions.

Have you tried this hair color brand before? Do you usually color your hair at home or have it done at the salon?

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