Sunday, July 28, 2013

Give your mane a healthy break

As much as I like using all-natural and organic products all the time, there are instances when only commercial or medical grade products can do the job. Such is the case with my hair. It's always been nice and healthy, but I do get occasional bouts with dandruff and hair fall. Dandruff which is due to my hyperactive oil glands and hair fall which is from stress, chemical exposure and weird enough, change of temperature, fully aware that Philippines only have hot and hotter weather. 

It's been another round of hair fall problems the past months and a good look at my hair care habits and I isolated the possible root cause: 

1. Hair dye 
2. Strong shampoo
Just in the nick of time, my best friend messaged me on Facebook asking if I'll be interested to join a blogger engagement with Human Heart Nature (HHN). Since I've been an organic products fan, and HHN user, too, I happily accepted the invitation. Through the lovely girls of HHN (Hello, Rebi and Lyra!), I got reintroduced to their new and improved version of their all-natural shampoo and conditioner. I tried a different variant ages ago, which I didn't felt hiyang because it caused me dandruff. But I kept my hopes high for this one. The new, nicer packaging didn't hurt either.

I tried the HHN Lush Vanilla Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner and here are my observations:

Yum as candy! :)

  •  Made from all natural ingredients. Trust me, I read labels over and over again.I appreciate how they include info on where they derived the ingredients i.e. derived from rice, corn, coconut
  • No harmful chemicals like SLS/SLES or parabens
  • Gentle on human skin and hair, better for the environment as it's 100% biodegradable 
  • Cruelty free -- meaning, no animal product or testing 
  • Smells sweet, making shampooing a more pleasurable, sensorial experience rather than just a normal routine
  • The conditioner did a great job in softening and smoothening my hair. I had no trouble combing after bath
  • Soothes my scalp
  • Lessened my hair fall a bit 
  • Affordable, as low as Php 44.00 for the 50ml bottle
  • Proudly Pinoy made

  • The sweet, candy-like smell may not appeal to all, and scent doesn't last all day 
  • The shampoo doesn't lather well so don't expect bubbles that you get from commercial brand
  • Maybe best to have a more squeezable bottle especially for the conditioner 

The HHN Lush Vanilla Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner are really meant to work best together, like one can't do without the other. Personally, it's the perfect break for my hair, a breathing time from all the harsh chemicals I get from non-organic products. It's great as clarifying shampoo and conditioner which I look forward to use every weekend. It feels like strip down-chemicals-from-my-hair kind of spa. :)

Patronize Pinoy products and visit their website for more information. 

Have a blessed Sunday, everyone! Thanks for visiting my site. :)

From the Nook,

*Products were provided to the author for review

Monday, July 22, 2013

What I Learned Today: Living out of a Bag and Surrounded by Good People

Emotional roller coaster is an understatement. I was in a turmoil over strings of grown up problems, baggage and compromised values. It felt like the movies, where people and relationships break apart before your very eyes. Only this time, it was I on the lead role. I packed my bags and decided on giving up the code I've always been keen about: Family. 

But the Big Man above has other plans. I've always considered myself blessed being surrounded by family and friends, but I only get to realize the extent of this in times when I reach the dead end. It doesn't happen very often, but it does. And life has a funny way of hurting you in the right places, of putting out all the positive sense you've mustered through the years. But somehow, I ended up in the company of good people. People with undeniable wisdom and (family) values indicative of their calibre. I felt weak and vulnerable, but I didn't mind. I was humbled. It actually felt good. 

To all the people who pointed me to the right directions, who went out of their comfort zones and told me what I needed (and not wanted) to hear straight to my face, THANK YOU. You know who you are. 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Why You Should Always Remove Your Makeup Before Bedtime

During a an out of town trip with my younger cousins, I was surprised to see them go to bed without removing their makeup. It was a long day of beach bumming and partying so I guess they were simply too tired to go over the whole shebang of removing makeup, cleansing, toning and moisturizing their faces. Lucky for them because they're blessed with really nice skin, which they really have to take care of BTW. Not so lucky for me because I can never go to bed without cleansing my face at the very least. Not only do I feel gross going to bed without washing away the oil and dirt that accumulated the whole day, but also because my skin is sensitive and acne-prone that I would probably be counting pimples the next day. Boo.

So, being the big ate, I scolded them the next day, and like a true blue beauty geek, lectured them on the importance of removing makeup and the basic cleanse-tone-moisturize ritual. Here's why you should always, always remove your makeup before sleeping.

  • Removing makeup and cleansing your face before bedtime will freshen your skin and allow it to breathe and detoxify.
  • Our body naturally regenerates while we sleep. Our skin renews itself by shedding dead skin cells. Cleansing your face will help this natural process
  • Makeup can clog your pores if not removed properly, causing pimples, blackheads and whiteheads
  • Aside from breaking out, your skin can also get nasty infections from bacteria buildup
  • Eye mascara, when not removed properly, may cause lash breakage, or worse, eye infections
  • You don't want your makeup all over your pillow, don't you?
  • Lastly, it feels nicer and more relaxing to sleep with a fresh, clean face 

  Tips on removing your makeup and cleansing your skin:
  • Use oil based makeup removers for waterproof makeup (mascaras, eyeliners, lipstick) I personally tried L'Oreal Gentle Lip and Eye Makeup Remover, Maybelline Makeup Remover (both a combination of clear and blue liquid ), Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils and Celeteque Anti-Wrinkle Cleansing Oil. All of the above works pretty nicely, but my favorite is still Shu. :) If you're on the budget, baby oil can do the trick. 
  • It's best to wash or rinse your face with warm water after using makeup removers. It will wash away traces of oil and freshen and hydrate your skin.
  • Don't rub too hard especially on the eye area as this can cause wrinkles. Rub your face with cotton or wash cloth in gentle, circular motion. 
  • After cleansing, apply your favorite toner and moisturizer to condition your pores and lock in moisture. You can use special treatment products like anti-aging or whitening serums before moisturizing. 
  • Lastly, make sure to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep to give your skin ample time to rest and renew!

My current makeup remover is Celeteque Anti-wrinkle Ultra Hydrating Cleansing Oil. It does the job of removing stubborn makeup, but I can't afford not to wash it off with soap and water nor use it as leave on because I find this ultra rich for my already oily skin. 

Almost clean. After this, I proceed with washing my face with Acne Aid soap, toning with Human Heart Nature Tomato toner, applying L'Oreal Youth Code Serum or Celeteque Anti-Aging Capsules and finishing off with Human Heart Nature Sunflower Oil. Who says it's easy to be a girl?

I'd rather see all of the dirt and makeup on cotton pads than my pillow. To think I was only wearing very light makeup that day.
Make removing makeup a daily habit, okay? Better safe and clean than sorry and pimply. ;-) TGIF!

From the Nook,

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Exciting News from BYS and Sample Room!

Ola! Dropping a quick note to share the exciting news from BYS and Sample Room. Are you into glam, glitter and funky nail art? Then you still have 5 days to show your talent and join the BYS contest in Facebook. How about doing a nail art party with your girlfriends this weekend and submit your work as a team? :)

How to Join:

  1. Sign up at the Glitter For Nails Contest on
  2. Upload a photo of your nail artwork using the BYS Glitter For Nails.
  3. Wait for a notification that your work has made it to the Voting period.
  4. Ask your friends to like your nail artwork!

The lovelies from Sample Room on the other hand prepared some luxurious treats for July.  From Shu Uemura, Pevonia down to Shiseido, they got you covered. So head on to the page to grab your samples or simply share the news and love to your friends! :) 

To grab a sample, CLICK HERE. 


Special thanks to Shen and Sophie for the good news on a busy Thursday! :)

From the Nook,

Monday, July 8, 2013

Review: Revlon Colorstay Foundation

I have a love-hate relationship with liquid foundation. I love how it's still the best way to achieve a flawless, well put together look. Since I have lots of skin imperfections - acne scars, discoloration, dark spots name it - a good, well-blended liquid foundation is the closest I can get to achieve a clearer, mode even canvass for the rest of my makeup. On the other hand, I don't like using it everyday as I find it heavy for my skin and tedious to do each morning. If I had it my way, meaning, if I have a really flawless skin, I will get away with just brow pencil/powder, blush and lipstick. But a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. So I use mineral foundation or powder foundation on normal days, and reserve their liquid sisters on more special days when I need more coverage that will last long hours. 

I recently got hold of Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Fresh Beige. This product promises to feel light on skin and to last up to 24 hours. Revlon is an established drugstore brand and one of their better products is foundation so it's worth a try. Here's what I think about Revlon Colorstay:

  • Feels light enough on skin for all day use
  • Comes in normal/dry and normal/oily skin variants 
  • A whole lot of shades to choose from - I used 250 in Fresh Beige 
  • With SPF 15, though I still apply sunblock prior because SPF 15 is not enough. I follow the minimum SPF 30 rule. 
  • A little goes a long long way. A bottle will probably last me months even with daily use. 
  • Scent is a bit strong but not bothering, but I still prefer fragrance-free makeup
  • Stays on skin the whole day, around 10-12 hours. I haven't tested its 24-hour promise because the last thing I want is to have makeup on for 24 hours straight! :-P
  • Medium to heavy coverage, easy to glide on skin and buildable 
  • Covers imperfections quite well
  • No breakouts 

  • Bottle has no pump which is not hygienic and is prone to spills and product wastage. Case in point, I spilled some on my office chair the first time I opened it.  Shhh. (It's a bit watery than MAC Studio Fix)
  • Some may find this pricey for a drugstore brand at around Php 800. As mentioned, a little goes a long way so may be worth the price. 
  • Be careful not to apply too much as this can be mask-y and appear pale and ghostly on photos, wrong foundation or too much of it is the perfect ingredient for photo disasters.  A big no!

I personally like Revlon Colorstay because it dries matte and does feel light on my oily skin. Just make sure to set it well with foundation or finishing powder to look fresh longer. Using a primer will definitely help for longer day-to-night affairs. I also get the amount of coverage I want enough to cover dark spots and redness without caking. I apply this with either a stiff foundation brush, a stippling brush or simply my ring finger and all work just fine. 

Will I repurchase? Sure, but not anytime soon as the 30 ml bottle will probably last me a long time. But when I do, I'll get the next darker shade after 250/Fresh Beige especially that I haven't recovered to my natural skin color after getting beach-tanned last summer. 

Have you tried this foundation? How did it fare? Did it pass your test? I want to hear so shout out what you think below. 

Happy Sunday, beautiful ones! Stay tuned for my next post. My favorite thing in the world - travel. :) 

From the Nook,