Metrodeal x Queen’s Lair: Hooray for Brazilian Blowout

It’s been years since my last Metrodeal Purchase! While other people find voucher sites such as this, kind of syndicated, I had always believed that proper research and a little bit of math can save you from bad experiences. In fact, it can save you actual money!

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Last Holiday Season, my mom decided to give me funds to have my hair fixed. I was honestly torn if I will be getting a Rebond Treatment or a Brazilian Blowout. While the Rebond Treatment promises to create new fibers on the strands of your hair, the process would have to include relaxing them and breaking the hair bonds in hopes of a rebirth. This scares me. I have read somewhere that since it includes breaking the old and worn-out bonds, there are instances that it does not go straight to the rebirth process, thus leaving the hair limp and lifeless.

So, I chose the Brazilian Blowout instead. According to what I have read on a magazine, unlike the Rebond Treatment, the Brazilian Blowout immediately creates a protective protein layer on the hair to eliminate the frizz. No need to break anything. A safe bet huh? Plus, it’s more natural looking. If you have a naturally curly hair, it does not stick straight your locks to the point of “light as a feather, stiff as a board”.  Due to this,  the Brazilian Blowout is more expensive.

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Credits to: Metrodeal.com

Luckily, as I was browsing through Metrodeal’s website. I came across the offer: “Hair Rebond or Brazilian Blow Dry with Nourishing Treatment & Haircut at Queen’s Lair Salon for P899”

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I checked where the salon is located and to my delight, one branch is near my house (Proj. 4)! Of course, I purchased the voucher and paid through the SM Department Store Business Center, had myself scheduled over the phone, and gave Queen’s Lair a visit the next day. Scheduling was such a breeze! I just gave their hotline a call and I was able to talk to a nice girl who politely helped me find a good hour to visit. The call didn’t even last 5 minutes!

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When I arrived at the place, the front-liner immediately accommodated me on a seat and had my voucher verified. As soon as everything was set, I was assisted to the wash area. The front-liner shampooed my hair and was very gently in doing so. I was even at the point of falling asleep!

They sat me down on an empty booth and asked for me to wait for the stylist. It was definitely a full-house and she apologized because the wait time might take a while. I was cool with it. I could really see how busy everyone is. Another factor is that there were only 3 people on duty versus 5 to 6 customers.

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A salon staff finally began my treatment and started applying the chemicals and blow-drying my hair. She was courteous enough to warn me that I have to protect my eyes because of the strength of the treatment. I followed her tip and it went smoothly from there. The treatment lasted for a good 2 to 2-and-a-half-hour resulting to a fully rejuvenated hair!

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They offered me a product for maintenance but I had to decline since my mother just had her treatment on another salon and she bought the same thing. The staff was nice and transparent to inform me that I need not go and have the Brazilian Blowout Treatment every 2 months. Just proper care using the product was acceptable.

I asked for the haircut after and got myself something not too fancy. I had my hair trimmed 2 inches and layered. Honestly, I wanted to have it styled but the staff was sort of talking me out of the idea for whatever reason. You see, I am fully aware how the voucher-site-industry goes, if you do not ask for things included in your deal, they sometimes wish you’d forget. Same with getting the quality of the “side” services. It’s not always what you expect it to be. Like this, for example, it was literally a “haircut” and nothing more.

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The interior of the salon is elegant and clean. It has this vibe that would make you feel important and taken care of. It’s not necessarily relaxing because of the buzz, but hospitality is there.

The other staff member is also helpful in lending a hand. Although I was told before that this strategy is to actually force the customer to tip everyone, I felt sincerity over the help. She was kind enough to relate a story of how she ended up working in a salon, and why she loved it here. It was nice to have these neutral conversations to kill time.

Once the treatment was done, I was ecstatic and very appreciative of the result. My hair looked naturally straight and the frizz was gone! My hair regained life and felt better on my head (❁´▽`❁)*✲゚*.

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As for the tip, I handed a bill and just had to ask them to divide them among themselves. This, I believe, is the best way to resolve any difficult decisions you may have on who to give what or how much.

The Verdict

★★★✫✫

This Metrodeal Voucher is not really a good one, sad to say. Although it’s valid and not a scam, it is misleading. You do not actually save 74% as their ad claims. Look at the computation below:

 

Brazilian Keratin Blowout (this includes the “nourishing treatment” mentioned on the ad) (normal price) – 999 Php
Haircut (normal price) – 79 Php
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Total: 1078 Php

***74% of 1078 Php is 797 Php which means that if the service is 74% off, I should only be paying 281 Php. Not 899 Php.

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***…and yes, I have discussed about the haircut. (。•́︿•̀。)

***This is sad, though, because if there is one thing I loved, it would be the staff. The 3 of them were nice and took care of me all throughout the service. Thank you po!!!

Few Notes:

–The Metrodeal offer has already expired. There is a new one, though. You can avail it HERE.

–The Project 4 branch is already closed, sad to say. However, you can still enjoy their services at their Mandaluyong and Makati branches:

CROSSING: G103 Grand Central Residences Edsa cor. Sultan St., Brgy. Highway Hills, Mandaluyong

MAKATI: G4 Tower 4 Cityland Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City

MANDALUYONG: G11 BSA Twin Tower Banks Drive, Mandaluyong City

METROWALK: 88 Gold Park Center, Meralco Avenue, cor Julia Vargas beside MetroWalk, Pasig City

–Queen’s Lair Hotline: Tel. 0947-5399604, (02) 782-1107, (02) 703-3800

 

 

 

 

 

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BDJ x Lancome Genifique: Being Youthful is Easy

Being forever young is a losing battle. We simply cannot stop every year from passing. Maintaining your youth, however, is different altogether. While the market is swarmed with beauty products all promising softer skin, disappearance of wrinkles, and the like, the Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate has been developed to bring out the years you once had.

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I was fortunate enough to receive a free sample of this product during the Belle de Jour Fair ’15. That same evening, the excited person I was, I used it hoping that it is as it claims to be. According to Lancome’s write-up, in 7 days the product will definitely improve and rejuvenate the skin, whatever age bracket or ethnicity you belong to. This has been tried and proven through clinical testing under dermatologists’ control, they say. The commitment was big, yes? But then again, it would always be up to the consumer to decide.

The morning after, I was not really expecting for the changes to immediately surface. Indeed, I woke up with a softer skin–that was fast–and it shows such promise. What can you expect from Lancome?

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What amazed me further is that as the week progressed, the condition of my skin also improved. Take note that prior to this, I have been using a different beauty product. Goes to show that there is yet more to improve and this product can do it!

Have you ever woken up feeling skin-saggy and sloppy? The Lancome Youth Activating Concentrate  got rid of that for me. I continue to start my day having my skin toned, firm, smooth, and radiant. This is despite me being exposed to sunlight.

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This is my way of spreading the good news. There is such a product for us who wishes to remain youthful despite the years that went and will eventually come. Pass it on!

**This is not a paid advertisement by Lancome, nor Belle de Jour

**You can purchase the BDJ Power Planner and enjoy tons of freebies throughout the year through ilovebdj.com

 

 

Belle de Jour Loot: Olay Products = Love

Growing up, I have always been exposed to my mom’s beauty care supplies. We’re talking about facial wash, moisturizer, anti-aging creams, toner, and a whole lot more! Among the hoard, one product stood out. I could clearly remember the logo and what it was then known as: “Oil of OLAY”.

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The curious kid that I was, I used to always ask my mom what it was for and why she kept on using it. She would always patiently answer me with “To make you beautiful.” At that time, I seriously believed it was a magic potion of some sort. Who knew that after decades would I only find out it’s actual use?

I was one of the lucky few who received a mesh bag with 2 of Olay’s newest products to hit the market: the OLAY Deep Moisture Body Wash with Honey and OLAY Total Effects 7 in 1 Day Cream. Being a Bella, enjoying gifts like this one has always been a pleasure. Having packages like this right at my mail was, as usual, a satisfying surprise…and to think that the product is OLAY?! Somehow, someway, it was what my Mom said that actually stuck. Olay will make me more beautiful ❤❤❤!

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Using the Olay Total Effects 7 in 1 Day Cream is very practical. Rather than purchasing different products to moisturize, exfoliate, protect, and improve your skin’s condition, this one promises to be your all around solution.

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As for the Olay Deep Moisture Body Wash, this simply promises you elegant and radiant skin for up to 24 hours, despite the scorching tropical weather. I’ve used it and it’s one hell of a product! The scent is just to die for!

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I would absolutely recommend these products. Thank you so much Belle de Jour and continue being awesome as always! As for Olay, you have been one of the top brands for decades now and I can clearly see why!

***If you want to be part of the Bella/Belle de Jour Community, visit their website at ilovebdj.com or you can like their FACEBOOK PAGE. You can also view the latest skin care products by OLAY by following this LINK.

***This is not a paid advertisement neither by Belle de Jour nor Olay Ph ^__^