HOW TO: Color Your Own Hair (Dr. Hortaleza Products)

Hey everyone!! I am back with another blog post! This time its about coloring your own hair. The products that will be featured here are all from Dr. Hortaleza, Philippines. These were not sponsored and everything that will be posted here are all based on my personal opinion about the product. Just going to throw that in before anyone asks. 🙂

With that said, let’s move on now to the tutorial, shall we? 🙂



  • Hair Coloring Cream
  • Oxidizing Lotion (for the hair)
  • Hair Color Applicator
  • Big Tooth Comb
  • Hair Color Container
  • Plastic Gloves
  • Big Hair Clip
  • Hair Treatment


  • Dr. Hortaleza Hair Color Cream (Low Ammonia) in 8/33 Medium Golden
  • Dr. Hortaleza 12% Oxidizing Cream
  • MengDie Hair Mask bought from Dr. Hortaleza



  1. Prepare all of the things listed above prior to doing anything so you won’t be going back and forth looking for the materials you’ll need to color your hair.
  2.  Empty the hair color product onto the hair color container. Make sure to use only what you’ll need depending on your hair length.
  3. Mix the product together with the oxidizing lotion all into a paste and make sure there are no lumps. Make sure that you will use approximately 1/2 cup of oxidizing lotion, again depending on your hair length and how you want your hair to be like (lighter or darker). Take note that the oxidizing lotion serves as your hair color developer. The Dr. Hortaleza offers 3 variations of these: (1) 6% for white hair, (2) 9% for 3-4 lifts and (3) 12% for 4-6 lifts.
  4. Next, apply the product evenly on damp hair. Not entirely wet or dry, just the right dampness of hair would do. You can opt to shampoo your hair first and towel-dry it in the process.  Make sure to also separate strips of hair and clip them in place after you are done with one side or the other. Its best to part your hair in the middle, and clip the left and right side in place then start at the back portion of your hair and work your way up. Another reminder for this process is to always apply starting from about 4-5cm away from the roots until the tips. The Big Tooth Comb will help you in applying the hair color product evenly by combing your hair after applying the product.
  5. After applying the hair color, make sure to clip the hair into place and leave it to develop for about 30-45 minutes depending on how light or dark you want your hair to be. While doing this, it is advisable to do a 10 minute checkup on a strip of hair to see how the color is developing for you to reach your desired outcome.
  6. After you have reached your desired outcome, thoroughly wash the hair color product off until the water runs clear and then shampoo it afterwards.
  7. Apply any hair treatment product or conditioner of your choice and give your hair back the moisture it needs. I personally like to apply a hair treatment because I find that it helps my hair survive all the damage that it’s been through. I suggest you read my previous blog posts to understand why I am telling you this. Well, that’s if you want to, if not, it’s okay. Hehe.
  8. Lastly, after you have conditioned your hair accordingly, you can now blowdry or just style your hair the way you want to and enjoy the results of this tutorial.



  • Make sure to wear plastic gloves the entire time you’re coloring your hair.
  • Its best to wash your hair and dry it out before applying the hair color. This will remove all the accumulated dirt and other hair products that you have used all throughout the day.
  • Only color your hair the same or change it when the roots have grown about an inch or two already. Don’t just color and color for it will just damage your hair in the long run. Trust me, I have been there and it’s not a good place to be in.
  • Always do a skin test before applying any hair coloring product.
  • Do a strand test to see how many times you have to color your hair again or if you can achieve your desired color with just one session. Also, this will enable you to determine what kind of oxidizing lotion to use on your next hair coloring experience.
  • Condition your hair daily and use Keratin or Protein Rich conditioners once a week to maintain the luster and reduce the damage brought about by coloring it often.
  • If your hair is damaged or dry, please refrain from coloring your hair often. Trim the damaged portion first from time to time as you let your hair grow back to its usual and natural color. This will inevitably give you better results in the future.

Well, that’s about it. I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial. If you have anymore questions, feel free to comment down below. The comments are subject to approval because I tend to overlook them at times. So I had to use that setting for me to keep track of who commented on any of my posts. I hope you guys understand. Thank you so much and have a great day/night/afternoon wherever you are! God bless you always! 🙂



Claire Stephanie P. Lingan, Freelance Aspiring Professional Makeup Artist ♥

Claire Stephanie P. Lingan,
Freelance Aspiring Professional
Makeup Artist ♥


My DIY Hair Waxing Experience

Olaaaaaa!! I’m back with another blog and this time, its all about hair waxing. Well, I don’t know with you guys but I really am a fan of waxing. I sometimes go to the local waxing station near our place or do it all by myself at home. So before I give you a quick tutorial as to how I wax my legs, I’ll just list down a couple of benefits with waxing which I have gathered online. I will put a link down below as to where I got them.

  1. It lasts longer than shaving your legs. Why? This is because waxing pulls out the hair from the roots, allowing it to grow thinner (as some would claim; although this is something that I personally experience as well). Moreover, this also removes dead skin cells hence, giving out a flawless finish.
  2. Its a time saver because some waxing products allow your skin to remain flawless in a span of four weeks or so. Whereas, shaving mostly yields to rashes and uneven hair growth – hair looks longer and thicker in some areas.
  3. This is a method that is less prone to accidents when you do it correctly. Inevitably, if you do something wrong, you are mostly prone to mistakes that can yield to irritations, rashes and scarring. So as for waxing, the best way to avoid them is to apply it in a direction where your hair would grow and to follow the instructions written on your waxing kit.

So those are probably the top three benefits that I have gathered from these wonderful sources:

So as promised, I would now write a quick tutorial as to how I wax my own legs and what products I use to do it. If you follow me on Twitter, liked my page and also am a follower of mine on Instagram, you’d see that I have written a post with regard to waxing. As written there, the three products that I use would be:

  • No Hair Wax Kit with Mangosteen Extract Unwanted Hair Remover that costs about Php 300 at Watson’s
  • Glam Works Hair Removal Paper that costs roughly about Php 30 also at Watson’s
  • Glam Works Hair Removal Wax Kit that costs less than Php 100 (sorry, I forgot the price; I will just check it and edit this soon) at Watson’s

Just a quick review on these products would be that they are absolutely inexpensive and very effective to use. Based from my experience, they haven’t caused me any allergies and they have really good reviews online. Also, its very easy to use and its not necessarily harmful to your skin. So if you’re interested, its written above where you could get them and just try them. However, make sure that you consult your doctor to avoid irritation. I always have to stress that out because I personally have very sensitive skin that I would like to take care by all means.


*Note: I am using the ‘No Hair Wax Kit with Mangosteen Extract Unwanted Hair Remover’ on the photo below*


  1. Before applying the wax, make sure that your skin is clean and free of any oil or dirt prior to waxing. I suggest that you even take a shower before you wax in order to prevent irritations.
  2. This step is optional if you are allergic to Powder or Baby Powder, but if you’re not, use this to mattify your skin. This will help the wax to become more adhesive thus, making it easier to pull.
  3. Following the natural flow of your hair, apply the wax over it using a Popsicle Stick. Mine came with the ‘Glam Works Hair Removal Kit’ but yeah, you can use any popsicle stick in this process.
  4. Place the hair removal sheet on top of the waxed area and flatten it out. Make sure that the wax sticks on to the paper as much as possible.
  5. Pull the hair removal paper opposite to how it was applied for this will pull out the hair, thus giving that flawless finish.
  6. Once you are done waxing, you can just easily go back to certain areas with a tweezer and tweeze out the unwanted hair that you have missed out during the whole of your waxing process.
  7. Another optional step which I actually encourage, but not to people who happen to be allergic to oil or any type of oil for that matter; is to apply oil over the waxed area to remove the excess wax and to moisturize the area to prevent irritation and ‘chicken skin’.


  • Always make sure to pick a product that is suitable to your skin type.
  • If you have sensitive skin, I suggest that you consult your doctor prior to waxing in order to prevent irritation.
  • In applying the wax, make sure to only get a pea-sized amount on the popsicle stick. This is so that you would know as to when you should add more wax or not.
  • Do not immediately wash your legs after you wax. WHY? This is because our pores are wide open when we wax, hence, we have to return back moisture and allow the pores to naturally close. Also, the main cause of ‘chicken skin’ is washing after a waxing session. However, if you really have to shower, then I suggest that you shower with luke warm water instead.
  • Do not pull our the hair removal paper hard or slow, and just do it in a right pace. This is so that accidents, scarring, rashes and other forms of irritation can be avoided.

So there you have it guys! I hope you enjoyed this blog and this quick tutorial as to how you could wax your own legs at home. I suggest that you read the instructions written on the waxing kit prior to doing it yourself or to read blogs online to know whether or not you should purchase a product. This is to help widen your knowledge on beauty products and to prevent all sorts of irritation to your skin from happening. One good place I would suggest that you go is none other than Watson’s for they really have all the beauty needs for our body to look its best. Thank you and good luck on your waxing experience! TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY!!! 🙂


Claire Stephanie P. Lingan, Freelance Aspiring Professional Makeup Artist ♥

Claire Stephanie P. Lingan,
Freelance Aspiring Professional
Makeup Artist ♥

MY DIY Hair Dye Remover Experience

Ola! I haven’t really been updating my blog for quite some time now. I guess my only excuse for such is my broken heart, or maybe not. I just really don’t know what to write. Sorry about that. I’ll be sure to update my blog every now and then so we can all share different beauty tips and such. 🙂

Basically, this blog post is about the wonders that the DIY (Do It Yourself) Hair Dye Remover did to my almost jet black hair that I claimed to be dark brown. Just a disclaimer though; the top portion of my hair is lighter than the rest because of the numerous hair coloring techniques that I did to somewhat try and get the blackness out of my hair. If you follow me on twitter, you’ll see that I keep on tweeting about how I try to make my hair look brown again, but then again, it doesn’t work for my hair. That’s why I resulted to doing this DIY thing.

So here is how the story goes: the first thing I did a month after dying my Golden Blonde hair to “Dark Brown” was to get it colored again. So I went to see my hairdresser and ask if he could color it. He said he could but the roots would be light. At first, I didn’t believe him even though he was a professional because I was so damn desperate to get the black hair out. To my dismay, he was right. Only the roots were the ones that got light. The only suggestion he could give was to bleach my hair so that he can color everything out evenly. Inevitably, I’d say no because I’m too afraid to bleach my hair again. It already caused so much damaged that’s why I colored it dark brown that went on to being this disgusting jet black colored hair.


My hair only looks brown because of the Instagram setting but if you look closely, the roots are so much lighter than the rest of my hair.

Again, if you look more closely, you can see that the roots are so much lighter than the rest of hair.

And since I am naturally hard headed when it comes to these things, I decided to experiment on my hair. And so I bought two boxes of Kolours Permanent Hair Color in Caramel Brown and used it on my hair a week after coloring it. The reason why I bought two was because I was hoping that when I dye it two times in a row, it will magically remove the blackness of my hair. Yes, I was this desperate to get it out. However, in the end, it still didn’t do anything but furthermore lighten the roots of my hair. Though it somewhat lifted the jet black like color and made it to black. I guess it wasn’t that black anymore, but its still dark that’s why I gave up on it after attempts on making it lighter. I also had to rest my hair in the process because it was starting to be brittle in texture because of the chemicals.


Unfortunately, its starting to get to me and so I searched the internet on ways of making it lighter. I came across several bloggers saying that blonde hair color can somewhat lift the blackness. So I went ahead and bought Etude House’s Golden Blonde Hair Color. I even took a train the first time to SM Megamall to get this because the one in North Avenue was out of stock. Yeah, I know, that’s how desperate I am to get rid of it. I also bought the Hortaleza Medium Blonde hair color to somewhat correct the color in case it comes off too light. So what happened to my hair when I tried the Etude House Golden Blonde? Well, the black did turn into reddish brown, however my roots were like orange already since the color was about two shades lighter than black before I colored it. I already assumed that this would happen so I bought the Hortaleza Medium Blonde. To my effin dismay once again, the reddish brown didn’t turn into brown or any shade lighter than that. The Medium Blonde mixed with the 12% Oxidizing Lotion just made it worse. Also, the roots were still lighter than usual.


As you can see, my roots are really light and the rest of the hair is brownish black when it hits natural lighting.

I was really disappointed with the results because no matter what I do, the color is still dark. That’s why I decided to buy a box of Hortaleza Permanent Hair Color in Light brown to somewhat correct the mistake since the lady in the store recommended it to me. I think you can guess what happened this time? It again didn’t help because the roots were really light. So when you see my hair, its two-toned. The roots are 2-3 shades lighter than the rest of my hair. Plus, my hair was still black.

With all that said, I searched the web for ways to lighten my hair without using any hair color ingredient because it did nothing but worsen the texture and color of my hair. So while I was scrolling down, I came across a video of this girl from Youtube whose username is CoachByNicole. In the video, she demonstrated how Vitamin C together with Shampoo and Virgin Coconut oil lightens hair. At first, I doubted if this was entirely true so I spent about 2 hours searching the world wide web with facts pertaining to this.

According to Brenna Davis, an Ehow Contributor, “Vitamin C can be used directly on the hair to improve hair health. Add a teaspoon of Vitamin C powder (available at health food stores) to hair dye before placing it on your hair. The Vitamin C will act as a buffer and prevent the color from heavily damaging your hair. Similarly, Vitamin C can be used to help remove hair color.”

As for coconut oil, I have read from that it overall helps to lessen the damage done on your hair. Some sites and forums claim that it lightens hair overtime, but I haven’t really gotten any decent proof to that. However, what I can say about it is that it really does wonders to the hair in the most effective and inexpensive manner. So if you’re trying to treat your damaged hair, I would definitely recommend using coconut oil. Its inexpensive and very very effective. Just make sure you wash your hair thoroughly after applying because based from experience, it really does leave on a greasy texture and weird smell when its not properly washed off.


Going back to what this blog is about, this is basically what I did to my hair. 🙂

Things you’ll need:


  • Hair Color Applicator
  • Hair Color Container
  • Plastic Gloves
  • Shower Cap
  • Big Hair Clip



  • 40 tablets of Vitamin C crushed into dust
  • 3 pumps of Shampoo
  • 2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Coconut oil



  1. Pour the Vitamin C into any bowl, together with the shampoo and coconut oil.
  2.  Mix the product into a paste and make sure there are no lumps.
  3.  Apply the product evenly on damp hair. Not entirely wet or dry, just the right dampness of hair would do. (You can opt to shampoo your hair first and towel dry it in the process)
  4. Clip the hair into place and cover it with a shower cap.
  5. Leave the product on from 30 mins to 2 hours depending on how dark your hair is.
  6. Shampoo out the mask and condition your hair accordingly.
  7. Blowdry or just style your hair in any way you want.

THANK YOU, VITAMIN C! Who knew that you were the only solution?

Honestly, after trying this method, I feel really really stupid that I wasted so much money trying to get rid of it using hair coloring products. I should have just done this in the first place. 😦 Oh well, at least my hair is less damaged and it was lightened naturally. As you can see in the picture above, my roots are still lighter but the overall color of my hair is medium brown. I will keep on repeating this process until my hair is light and healthy enough to match my roots. Its quite alright to have the roots at a lighter tone this time because according to my hairdresser, its easier to be colored to match with the rest of the hair since its already my natural hair that was covered by the chemicals. What’s important is I wash out the “dark brown” or shall I say, “black” hair dye on my hair. 🙂

So for all the people who have tried this and had amazing results, feel free to comment down below. I’d be happy to hear what results other people will have once they try this DIY Hair Dye Remover. Thank you for reading and best of luck to you and your hair! 🙂



Claire Stephanie P. Lingan,
Freelance Aspiring Professional
Makeup Artist ♥

The Basics of Facial Contouring ♥


Image Source: Aucoin, 1997 p. 24 and


–          Contouring is something that describes the application for color mediums. It does not only denote light and dark areas, but it can also imply the emphasis derived from color and reflection.

–          Shading – This is a method by which a product is used to recede the areas of the face. The color of shading powders usually come in matte shades ranging from neutral brown to a deeper ash brown color. This may come in many forms such as liquid, powder and cream formulations.

–          Highlighting – A  method by which a product is used in order to bring forth facial features in order for it to look evident on the face by drawing or reflecting light after shading. Since these products are light reflective, they can range from bright pearly whites to matte beige shades. It also comes in liquid, powder and cream formulations.


  • Shade the product on the sides of the face using an angled brush. Blend away as you go along shading upward to the temple.  This will create an illusion of an slimmer forehead.


  • The key in contouring your chin and jaw is to always keep in mind that the end goal is to create an illusion of an oval face which is known to be the ideal face shape for people.
  •  In contouring one’s jaw, the contouring powder or bronzer must be applied underneath the jaw line using an angled brush. This will enable the product to blend in perfectly for that illusion of a slimmer face. Highlighting your chin will draw attention towards the center of your face. Again, this creates an illusion of one having slimmer facial features.


  • Highlighting under the eye area will draw attention into one’s eye makeup. This will enable the shadows to stand out. More so, it will emphasize the contoured facial features.
  • Highlighting under and over the brow bone area will draw light towards the face. Hence, it will extenuate one’s feature.  In this process, one must have a well-groomed pair of brows because this really does make or break one’s look.


  • The common misconception about contouring one’s cheekbones is for them to apply the product on the cheek itself by sucking it in to determine where the hallow itself is. However, the key in contouring one’s cheek properly is to locate where the cheekbone is and apply the shading powder underneath it. By slowly blending the product on the desired area, natural shadows will surface, bringing fort the desired illusion of a slimmer face.
  •  Highlighting over the contoured portion will again, draw light into the face making the shadows stand out.
  •  Placing a bronzer over the contoured portion extending up towards the temple will give it a more natural touch, bringing fort a natural glow on the face.


  •  In contouring one’s nose, one must always remember to keep it simple. One need not to heavily shade the sides of the nose because it will do away with the desired appearance of a naturally pointy nose and evident nose bridge.

a.)      Wide Nose

è  For people with a wide nose, one must shade the sides of the nose first to create an illusion of a slimmer nose. This line created upon shading the sides of the nose will give an illusion of having a nose bridge that will reduce the wideness. After which, highlight the portion in between the nose bridge to attract in light making the line look more natural.

b.)     Rounded Tip Nose

è  For people with a rounded tip nose, the key is to shade the rounded tip in order to create a softer appearance. This will reduce the roundness and give an illusion of having a pointy-looking nose. Again, do not forget to shade the sides of the nose and add highlighter in between the nose bridge extending upward to attract in more light

c.)      Long Nose

è  For people who have a long nose, very minimal shading is required on the part of the nose bridge. Concentrate in shading the tip of the nose to give it a shorter looking appearance. Shade the sides of the nose lightly and add in the highlighter only on the bridge of the nose.

d.)     Uneven Nostrils

è  For people who have uneven nostrils, the best thing to do is to lighten the higher part of the nostril or darken the lower area to achieve balance. Shade the sides of the nose lightly or darker depending on the width of the nose bridge. After which, highlight the bridge extending upward so there is minimal attention given to the uneven portion of the nose, thus adding more dimension to the face.


Center for Aesthetic Studies, Basic Makeup Artistry Handouts,  2011.

Modified by:

Ms. Claire Lingan, Freelance Aspiring Professional Makeup Artist (CAS Batch 28) ♥


Claire Stephanie P. Lingan, Freelance Aspiring Professional Makeup Artist