Monthly Archives: January 2015

MonaNisa 3D Hairstoke / Permanent Make-up Review

I finally got around to post a blog about my 3D hairstroke brows done by monaNisa located at Phahonyothin Rd.  I just want to be clear this is not a paid Press gift – I actually paid for these bad boys and they ain’t cheap. But I can assure you, it’s worth every single satang.

I have always envied celebrities with perfect eyebrows…Megan Fox, Jourdan Dunn, Rita Ora and Jaime King…just to name few of my favorites. Unfortunately, I’m not born with natural-perfectly-arched eyebrows. But I did have years of having an over plucked brows – and that didn’t help at all!

So, at 38 I’m left with sparse to almost non-existent brows. Now, the thing is I have been contemplating to have it done professionally for quite some time. But I was too scared to go through the idea of permanent make-up.

However, on the later part of 2014 it became more of an obsession that I would one day own a perfect pair of eyebrows!  So, by December, I finally decided that I just have to do it.

Now, you must understand that living in Bangkok, is like living in a beauty Mecca.  We have all sorts of beauty studios that cater to almost everything – you wouldn’t believe the vast number of options.

At the beginning I was a bit squeamish to have something done permanently, after all I will be stuck with it for life – in case something goes wrong.

And I am truly happy with my experience with monaNisa.  I have sung praises of Nisa’s work over Instagram, tweeted some of it.  And after 3 weeks on, I’m still ecstatic with how my brows give me a polished look and the difference it makes to my face. I once met an equally “kikay” Thai friend over coffee, and she was actually staring at my face the entire time, then she eventually asked me if I had “something done”.

Now, if you are contemplating to have it done, here’s some of my tips of how to find your own “best” studio.

1. Shop around

This can be easily done online or you can go around the city and check.  Do not settle with the first one you see.  It took me the entire month to actually shop around and even ask friends about it.  Then, give them a call, or visit their studio and talk to their aesthetician – for me, if they sound bored, impatient and downright rude.  Then I will definitely not trust them to do my brows, when they’re not even patient enough to answer my questions.

2. Read/Listen to testimonials

Testimonials from past customers can be very helpful when you are trying to find the best studio.  Again, you do not need to settle for one or two good feed-back.  The more happy customer that studio have the better.

3. Check the sanitation

I couldn’t emphasize more on this.  But I know you’d understand how this is vital.  I have nothing against those small studios popping around the malls, and even some in an open air flea markets (talad) around the city!  Remember, you’re playing with needles and open skin.  Also, don’t forget to ask if they’re using disposable needles (this might cost you a bit more). But you really don’t want to invite infection, do you?

There you go, all you need now is courage – to really commit to it.  I’ll be soon posting another blog about the entire procedure after I’ve completed my final touch-up.

Good luck!  And hope this helps!


Live life to express, not impress…

I have not made any New Year’s resolutions. 20140805-084253-31373930.jpg

Guilty? Well, not in one tiny bit – not even a tinge.

Like this post, it’s been sitting in draft for weeks!  I know, I know some of you are actually thinking “Time Management” SHOULD be on my top list of New Year’s resolutions.


Candidly speaking after spending a short NY’s break from work – I don’t know how to snap out of feeling lazy.  But I seriously need to come out of it soon and catch up with my posts.  Arrgghh, would somebody out there “un-lazy” this momma?


I’m so feeling out of sorts that I totally forgo the idea of NY’s resolutions.  Thinking, why bother this year?  I’m tired of my failed New Year’s resolutions for years!  I didn’t lose weight, I’m not as organized as I wish to be, and on and on.

So, I’ve decided to try some achievable resolutions this year.

1.  Don’t buy impractical shoes.
To those of you who know me well, would agree I probably have the most number of impractical shoes in my collection.  No more impulse purchases.  Save money and look cute on a pair of practical shoes.

2. No more Zombie-walk
I promise, when I walk to places, no more staring at, reading or even listening on my phone. Promise.

3. Nurture something. A plant or even a pet fish.
I don’t have the greenest of thumb. Unlike my mom, she’s like the plants’ fairy or something – I’m not.  Once someone gave me a cactus to tend – thinking it will be easier for me to care (less watering needed). Yet, I managed to “kill” it in a short span of 3 months!  But this year, I’m very ambitious and I’ll try to have some greens around my place.

4. I will start to develop a good relationship with my body
Instead of jumping-in on new diet fads this year.  I will start to love my body instead.  I’ve tried and failed in countless diet

5. I will not bore my daughters with my constant text nagging
I can be quite a nag when it comes to my girls.  Since they live with my parents, I constantly barrage them with text messages of reminders, and etc.  This year, I promise to text less. Call more.

There goes my short easy list this year.  After all, life is hard enough as it is.  And to be honest, I don’t want to stress myself out with impossible NY’s resolution list.

As the late great Joan Rivers once said, “Life is very tough. If you don’t laugh, it’s tough.”