As the story has it, one day I headed to the opposite side of the globe – the Flipside. I arrived in Korea on February 16th, 2005 and thought I’d do a year, then leave. I went from being some random foreign girl to taking on labels I never imagined – university professor, film extra, professional boxer, reality TV star, CEO of my own girls-only fitness company (Flipside Fitness), CEO of my own boxing club (Hulk's Club, formerly known as Hulk's Boxing), and now I'm launching my 3rd business -- Empowered Clubhouse.


After 11.5yrs in Korea, I then picked up one day and returned to Toronto, Canada. But then I left again. This time it was for the Philippines. That's where I am now, living in the land of the happy people. The struggles are real and the struggles are many but I'm living life on my terms, I'm calling the shots, and I'm doing what I love. Life is an amazing adventure and this is my story of yesterday.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Lashes for Days... Thursday, July 12

I'm an athlete, a coach and an entrepreneur.  

As an athlete, I'm expected to look sporty but not necessarily pretty. 
As a coach, I'm expected to look authoratative and sporty.
As an entrepreneur however, I'm expected to look presentable and cleaned up.

There's a fine balance I have to find and clothes-wise I know what I'm going for, "smart athletic".  I'm always in athletic clothes because it's totally me, totally my brand, but I still need to look presentable, especially when I'm coaching or having a meeting.  I don't wear make up when I'm training but when I'm coaching or in entrepreneur mode, I always throw on some mascara and blush.  They're my two go-tos to really clean up my look.  However, because of the heat in the Philippines and that I sweat when I'm coaching, that mascara has to be waterproof.

Have you ever used waterproof?!

Most likely if you're a girl you have and you can understand my struggle with it.  Washing it off is like a bastard and a half to deal with.  More often than not I end up forgetting I have it on, fall asleep, and then wake up to the struggle of them having to clean it off.  The end result is always broken lashes and lashes that need the next few days to revive themselves and grow back.  Until then, I'm stuck with short-than-short lashes that have been used, abused and butchered by mascara.

Yesterday I approached about being sponsored by a local hair salon that also does many beauty services like micro-blading and lash extensions.  They offered to do my lashes for free if I simply posted about it and offered the service to my Empowered Clubhouse ladies on Facebook.  I've never had lashes done but it seemed like perhaps the answer to my problem.  Lash extensions would mean I'd never have to wear mascara again but would have that mascara look to my eyes, perfect!  "Sign me up!", I told her.

Today I went to get my lashes done.

I wanted a look that was in between looking natural and looking like I had actual mascara on.  

Viola, mission accomplished.

To tell you the truth, I was skeptical about it at first because I have some friends that have got it done in the past and they've come out looking like drag queens but the lashes I got done are fabulous.  They're premium silk lashes so they're super light, I don't even feel that I'm wearing them, and they're absolutely pretty.

When I first saw myself in the mirror, I couldn't help but giggle at myself and I honestly got a bit teary eyed at just how much softer it made my over all look.  It really added a much needed feminine touch to my look and appearance and instantly I knew I was addicted.  

A huge thank you to Aubrey and Kapwa in Poblacion for my lashes.  I love, love, LOVE them and for sure will forever brag and boast about my lashes and your badass awesomeness with doing them.  Aubrey's clientele line up is an impressive one in London where she just recently moved from.  It includes the crew from The Phantom of the Opera... and now it includes me!  If you're thinking about getting your lashes done or you're already a fan of lashes and want new ones, definitely check out Aubrey at Kapwa in Poblacion.  Seriously, I wouldn't brag about her and her lashes if I honestly wasn't in love with them but I am.  Tell her Coach Amy sent you and you'll get 20% off your first visit.  

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