After hearing about my sister and friends rave about getting haircuts at academies, I decided to give it a shot too. I ended up going to the Toni and Guy Academy in Central London.

When I went in for my appointment that morning, the place was already packed with people, mostly females, ranging from early 20s to mid 30s. Upon my arrival, I checked in with the reception and paid £5 (~$10) upfront. No tips required – sweet!

Next, the staff led us upstairs and helped us put on the capes. A tutor then came over, asked us one by one what kind of looks we were looking for and assigned each of us a student to do our cuts.

I ended up getting a guy named Jose to cut my hair. I showed him a picture of Koda Kumi from the August issue of Vivi magazine and asked him to make my ends just like hers – uber thin and straight. Jose seemed pretty confident that he would do a good job so I entrusted my hair in his hands.

First, he did the regular – shampooed and conditioned my hair. Then my nightmare began as the actual cutting began. As I sat in the chair, watching chunks and chunks of my hair falling onto the floor, all I could do was secretly hope that Jose did not cut all of my hair off. But all that secret wishing was futile. Jose ended up cutting a lot of the top layer (the shortest part was only up to the top of my ears!) and I literally wanted to cry when I saw that. I seriously could not imagine how this would look good on anyone but Jose kept reassuring me that he was not taking any of the length at the bottom.

The next morning, I woke up to a disaster. Since my layers were a lot shorter than before, my hair was a mess and I had to spend *so* much time styling it and if I put the lower part of my hair up, I literally looked like I had a bob!!

Yet strangely, as time passed by, my hair started to look better and better. Now that the layers have grown out a little, my hair just looks so much more alive and chic. I do not have to style it every morning anymore and if I have extra time, I would spray my hair with Boots’ Heat Straightening Protection Spray, straighten the ends with my beloved Jibere de Paris straightening iron and add just a tad of John Frieda’s Brilliant Brunette Shine Shock Leave-on Perfecting Glosser to seal in the ends and flyaways and voila! Uber sleek look!

A couple of people have requested my contact information so here you go:

E-mail: makeup_forlife@yahoo.com
AIM: Phylz01
Myspace: www.myspace.com/phylz

Feel free to shoot me an e-mail or hit me up on AIM/myspace if you have any questions! Talk to you guys soon!

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The Viktor & Rolf collection debuted at H&M this Thursday here in London. The entire collection consists of dresses, dress pants, blazers, sweaters, bomber jacket, jeans along with some amazing classic pieces like the trench coat, tuxedo and little black dress.

All designs are kept simple yet feminine. The theme of the collection is romance and the heart and arrow motif is used to symbolize the feeling of being struck by love. The main colors are black, cream, raspberry, gray and taupe. The materials used are not exactly of top quality – some of them are made in China and felt just a teeny bit tacky – but then again, who would expect it to be when you are only paying this price for designer clothes?

For more info about the collection, check out http://www.hm.com.

Just when I am starting to get bored of MAC’s recent collections, they released their annual holiday collection for 2006 – Formal Black. This collection has got to be one of the best holiday collections from MAC. Not only is the packaging totally cute(*love* the lushy fabric and black bead chain!) but all the colors are extremely gorgeous! I was so tempted to get them all but only picked up a few things. More after the jump!

Now that I live in one of the world’s fashion capitals, I have decided to add in a little Fashion section for this blog and for starters, I would like to cover one of the major fashion trends spotted around Central London – layering. Hope you guys like it!

Layering has taken onto a whole new level these days. Instead of layering a vest/tee over a shirt, you can now layer pretty much anything. The key is to mix and match the right pieces. Personally I find layering to look best on those with slightly leaner bodies but if you tend to be on the bigger side, all you have to do is use a belt like the one pictured below to create the illusion of curves.

Hey guys, just wanted to say Happy Halloween to you all!! I dressed up as a little devil today – will post pics tomorrow. Have fun tonight and stay safe!!!