Whipped: Sugar Wax and Body Scrub Salon

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Sugar waxing is a method of hair removal that uses a combination of sugar, lemon, and hot water. Through this treatment, the hair is removed from the root without pulling the skin. The ingredients are all natural so it does not cause any skin irritation. I tried it a couple of times on my underarms and I loved it because it's not as painful as waxing and it does not damage the skin the way shaving does.

Sugar waxing is a actually a traditional way of removing hair, but for the past few years we've been more familiar to other methods like laser removal and the other way of waxing that uses cloth or paper. Because it is gentler to the skin, it is now becoming popular in other countries including the Philippines. With the growing popularity of sugar waxing here in the country, in comes a new waxing salon: Whipped.  

Earlier this week, I gave Whipped a try and booked a morning appointment for sugar waxing for my eyebrows and underarms. Since I live in the Makati area, I visited their branch in Eight Forbes Town Center in Bonifacio Global City. My first impression of the salon is that it looks like a cute candy shop because of the colors.

For both my eyebrows and underarms, the treatment lasted about forty minutes. The treatment started with the beauty tech cleaning the area. She then started the waxing part by getting a small amount of sugar wax, applied it on the hair to be removed, and pulled it gently. This was done repeatedly until we got the shape that we desired for my eyebrows. Then we moved on to my underarms using the same procedure. There were bits of hair that were hard to come off so she used a pair of tweezers to remove them. Finally, she applied some moisturizing cream to prevent irritation and to leave my skin soft and supple. 

Whipped offers a variety of services for all your sugar waxing and body scrubbing needs. Check out  their sweet "menu" here.

I really had a good experience at Whipped. The staff was very friendly and courteous. I liked the salon's interiors. The rates of their services are affordable. I highly recommend Whipped for your hair removal needs. Whipped has two other branches that are located in Fairview Terraces in Quezon City and in Alabang Town Center. For appointments, simply contact them at 0917-537-1423. For more information, check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WhippedSalon.

My Race Report of the NRC Women's Half Marathon Manila

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

On the 15th of May, I ran my 13th half marathon in the Nike+ Run Club Women's Half Marathon Manila which is the main event of the Nike Victory Tour. Over 4,000 women joined the race, which started at Blue Bay in Macapagal and had a finish line at Island Cove in Kawit, Cavite. Since I already posted about the race itself through the media release, let me just make this a quick recap from my own experience.

I got to the venue with my buddy, Solyle, about an hour before the race. We took that time to prepare our gear, deposit our bags, and do some warm-ups. While I am used to atergy gels during the race, I decided to try skipping it. I just took one about thirty minutes before the race, which is something that's already part of my pre-race ritual. Then we did some dynamic warm-up exercises and proceeded to the corral and waited for the gun start.
with my buddy, Solyle, before the race

The race started at 4:30am. I started out just fine in my usual race pace, stopping only for a sip at hydration stations. I started doing the run-walk when I reached the 8th kilometer. The more it got hotter, the more I slowed down. You'd think that after running a couple of ultras under the scorching sun would make me get used to it already but I wasn't. It was bearable but I got lazy. I started walking more when it was around 6:30am. By then, the sun had fully risen and the air felt humid. I got my momentum back during the last kilometer. And during the last 500 meters, that was when I went back on full speed again and sprinted all the way to the finish line. It was an awesome finish for me. Not my best time but with all the spectators, especially my friends in the running community, cheering us on, it felt great.
photo credits: Eyecatcher

While I wasn't able to break my personal best for a half-marathon, my time was still okay. I also managed to finish strong and injury-free. Most importantly, I had fun. Thank you so much to Eon for the complimentary race kits. Kudos to my buddy, Solyle, for finishing strong on her first half-marathon, and congratulations to all the finishers!
rank: 305th out of 4000-ish participants, official time: 2:35:56