Sunday, February 1, 2015

Rave: Pantene 3-Minute Miracle Total Damage Care Conditioner

Up until today, my hair has been a little coarse and stiff due to overexposure to chlorine and saltwater. If you've been following me on Instagram, you'd know that I (along with other notable bloggers) was sent to Balesin for a press junket. Of course, I spent most of the 2nd day submerged in water -- my hair suffered, and looked majorly dry and frizzy. 

Enter the new Pantene 3-Minute Miracle Total Damage Care Conditioner (Php 159). It promises to smoothen 3 months of damage by infusing hair with 80% more with a conditioning ingredient called cationic polymer. This cationic polymer is positively charged to neutralize damaged portions of hair, and forms a shield to further protect hair from future damage.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

REN Skincare Vita Mineral™ Active 7 Eye Gel

The REN Skincare Vita Mineral™ Active 7 Eye Gel was one of the products I received from dear friend Yaelie who is based in London. This teeny eye gel was part of a pack of 3 REN products which included the Vetiver V7 Hand & Body Cream and Hydra-Calm Global Protection Day Cream. 

REN Skincare is a skin-friendly brand based in London. "REN" is Swedish for "clean" and this is the company's primary philosophy: to provide only the cleanest of skincare products possible. They specialize in skincare that use only 100% plant and mineral derived actives, and is free from skin-unfriendly synthetic ingredients. All of their products are free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, petrolatum, synthetic fragrances, colours, silicones, the works!

Now it's a no-brainer that I would go for the Eye Gel because though I do have a lot of eye treatments waiting in the wing, it's an eye cream for day use that I'm hard-pressed for. My lids are oily and sometimes the eye cream I apply in the morning before foundation (or any sort of makeup), makes my mascara or eye liner run and smudge. Did the REN Active 7 Eye Gel pass this test? Find out below.

A light and cooling gel to treat, revive and brighten the delicate eye area, under or over makeup.
Results: Cools and refreshes, reduces the appearance of puffiness and dark circles, the eye contour looks smoother, firmer.
Ingredients: Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Zostera Marina Pectin, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Carbomer, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Faex (Yeast) Extract, Rumex Occidentalis Extract, Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Leaf Extract, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate.

Monday, January 19, 2015

We love you, Pope Francis!

We had no prior plans to see Pope Francis in the flesh when he arrived this weekend. As usual, we were busy with work (my sister works odd hours at an airline company, while my work in sales wasn't really governed by the 9-5pm weekdays rule) and we were content with just watching the coverage on television. 

But, I think it was the Pope Francis effect that prodded, nay, encouraged us to go out on Sunday and see His Holiness. My Mom in the beginning didn't want to head out because she wanted us to be safe and was happy with just watching everything on TV. She also reasoned, "Wag na tayo makigulo, it might not be safe! Also, no one will feed the dogs!" We have 12 dogs (Chihuahuas, Dachshunds, Yorkies, Aspins, etc.) so every time we had travel plans, they were always our priority. 

But as my sister and I were adamant about going, I said, "Mom, he might be the last Pope you'll see in your lifetime. Let's go to Quirino tomorrow!"

So head to Quirino we did. Early morning my sister tweeted me as a precaution: 

Still, we trudged on and took the LRT to United Nations Avenue. The train was filled with people eager to see the Pope, they brought their babies, kids, grandparents, practically the whole family. Plus some even brought Sto. Nino statues to have them blessed by the Pope. It was a kilig experience already on the train, everyone was so excited! The woman beside me said, "Kahit masulyapan ko lang, masaya na ako!" And that brought a smile to my face :)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

So I started Oil Pulling...

A few weeks ago I posted on Facebook that I was curious about Oil Pulling and requested for recommendations and comments. Lo and behold, about 20+ people messaged me and left their helpful and encouraging words. Oil Pulling is apparently a very common practice in Manila, it's just that not a lot of people talk about it.

I first read about it extensively from Mind Body Green and then discovered some local brands from Cat Juan's blog. In the end, I ordered Gargoyle Oil Pulling Tonic (Php 280/200ml) from Cutieverse because it seemed like the more popular one (or at least the brand that's being used in my network). I was told it has a minty taste (naturally flavored, of course) which is great because I can't take pure VCO as is.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

L'Oreal Colour Riche Moist Matte in Berry Allure

At the recent L'Oreal Mat Magique launch, I was able to pick another lovely lipstick shade and this time in a juicy berry color. My berry lipstick collection is growing exponentially....and since I don't really use all of them, I feel like someone else will benefit from them eventually (aka my sister). 

The Colour Riche Moist Matte offers lipsticks with a creamy matte, non-drying finish. I was not aware of this at all last December, apparently this was already released in early 2014. I passed by L'Oreal by waiting for my Dad finish his shopping, started swatching lipsticks and before you know it, I was off to the cashier paying for Blaze of Red and Rubie Follie. Both are bright reds though I fell in love with Blaze of Red (a deep matte true red) more. 

So anyway, after we had our photo taken by renowned photographer BJ Pascual at the aforentioned event, we were asked to take home some L'Oreal products and one of them was Berry Allure. 

A lipstick that delivers intense moisture while providing a velvet matte finish. Colour Riche Moisture Matte's unique formula contains jojoba oil for unrivaled moisture and comfort along with matte gel technology to create an intense matte look.
Price:  Php 625 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Why I will never cheat on my hair stylist #JuRoICU

I never fully understood the impact of a "bad hair day" until my hair was colored a repulsive seaweed green. In my previous post, I mentioned that a salon botched my hair color -- instead of the ash brown shade, I got this:

While two friends said it looked cool, the thing is, it's not what I asked for and the overall shade didn't complement my skin tone. I looked sallow and sad. Now I won't dwell on what happened or how it all happened, the salon apologized and took full responsibility for the mishap. But let me tell you though, that Jude and Rose were my hair saviors during these trying times.

Since the botched hair color happened on Dec. 31st, there was no way Jude and Rose could accommodate me on Jan. 1. So all throughout the reunions and parties, I had my hair up in a ponytail. Thank god my Lola prefers yellow lights at home otherwise my green hair would've been too obvious in white light. Though some relatives did say that I looked older and darker, but they couldn't quite put a finger on what went wrong. I knew it was my hair :(

Come January 2, I was excited as can be! I didn't wash my hair for 2 days because my scalp was also sore due to the chemical the salon used, plus I wanted Rose to see the color untouched. I arrived at JuRo Salon Exclusif at 2pm sharp, greeted them, and took a deep breath -- I prepared myself for a good scolding!