Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner - Review and Photos

If you're looking for a conditioner that'll miraculously treat your damaged hair without causing any damage on your budget, then Pantene 3 Minute Miracle could be the answer to your prayers.



I got this sample from BDJBox a few months ago. It took me a while to finally write a review because of what happened to my hair (I should probably write a separate post about it. Haha!). Buuuut since my hair is slowly getting better now, I can finally test this baby out.

Pantene 3 Minute Miracle






Pantene 3 Minute Miracle, as the name suggests, is a conditioner that promises to solve your hair problems in just 3 minutes. One would think this is exagerated or completely false, but honestly, it's pretty good for something that comes from a mainstream brand.

It smells REALLY good. It's easy to apply (right balance of thick and thin consistency) and it surely delivers to its promise. I wouldn't call it MY hair miracle only because my hair is severely damaged. It did make my hair soft and shiny, but it's not as good as my HG hair products right now. But really, how can I complain with its price?

I also love how sophisticated the packaging looks. It's also easy to bring when travelling, at least for this size.

PROS:

  • It's one of the best hair conditioners (from the "mainstream" brands) out there
  • It softens my hair and makes it shiny
  • Affordable
  • Locally available
  • Smells good

CONS:

  • Incomplete label. It didn't indicate the ingredients so I don't know if it's filled with silicones or if it has sulfates, parabens, etc.

VERDICT:

 I might repurchase if I don't find my HG conditioner.


Monday, July 13, 2015

Davines Nounou Hair Mask - Review and Photos

After years of procrastinating, I'm finally back with a decent product review! Yay!

If you know me personally, you've probably read in one of my social media posts (or heard me rant) about my severely damaged hair.

Last January, a non-professional stylist literally fried and killed my hair with relaxers. YES. Relaxers.
It was sooo bad that I couldn't touch nor comb my hair without a lot of it falling off. Even with the drastic haircut, the damages were still really obvious. It was the first time I sobbed because of my hair :(

6 months later, I was browsing Facebook at work (I'm a Social Media Manager. No rules were broken. :-p) and I saw the Davines PH page. I was so engrossed about the brand that I researched about them for days! And what happens when a beauty enthusiast researches about a new brand they're into? The urge to try their products kicks in! Hahaha!

Davines have a lot of products available that will cater to almost all hair issues we have. Their Nounou line tickled my fancy (this line is for color-treated hair) so I went to Azta Urban Salon and bought the Davines Nounou Hair Mask.


Davines Nounou Hair Mask


It comes in a clear plastic container which we can reuse (so happy about that!). Now don't let its simplicity fool you. Davines means business when it comes to caring for our hair.





It smells... "earthy". I'm sorry, I ran out of adjectives to explain how it smells. (Update: It has a distinct scent that reminds of my mom's perfume. It's a bit overwhelming when you smell it from the container, but after using and rinsing it out, my hair smells pretty good.) I've read some poeple complaining about it, but it doesn't bother me at all. The tetxure is very thick and a bit pastey, which I like because that'll help in making sure I don't waste anything. (You know how those products with runny consistency that usually spills? I hate that.) Also, because of the consistency, I only have to use a teaspoon to a table spoon of the product for my thick mid-length hair.

So, how did it perform? I swear. It's one of the best (if not the best) hair products I've used, and if you'll check my blog, I've used a LOT.


While applying it, my hair instantly feels soft and manageable. I finger comb it into my hair (trying to avoid the roots) concentrating on the lower half. Whenever I do this technique using other products, I'll usually have a shocking amount of falling hair on my fingers. But with Nounou, it's significantly minimized (almost no falling hair now. Wohoo!).

I leave it for 10-15 minutes when I'm in a hurry. On weekends or whenever I have more time, I leave it for 30 minutes. Rinsing it out is a bit of a tedious job, understandably, since it's a deep conditioning hair mask. What makes me love this product even more? I don't have to fight any tangles while rinsing! That is amazingly new for me since the relaxer incident.

My hair is easy to comb (even while it's still wet), soft, and manageable. Whenever I use this hair mask, I don't have to worry about my hair getting frizzy or misbehaving. It was the first time (since it got damaged last January) that I couldn't stop touching my hair! This product definitely made it to my HG hair products. :)

The only downside for me is the price. It's quite expensive and only selected salons are carrying it. But since this product belongs to the "a-little-goes-a-long-way" category, that price should be worth it since it'll last you a long time.



PROS:

  • a hair mask that does what it promises
  • perfect not just for color-treated hair but also for damaged hair
  • little goes a long way
  • locally available


CONS:

  • expensive
  • Update: a bit overwhelming at first when you take a sniff of it from the container, but it's not bothersome after using it. 


VERDICT:

 I will definitely repurchase!





P.S.
I'm actually considering getting their Melu products soon. :D

Update: I'm sorry, I just had a really bad cold when I drafted this review. I had to smell it for like an hour this morning to be able to describe it as accurately as possible. It won't happen again, promise!



Where To Buy:
Davines Nounou Hair Mask
Php1800++
Azta Urban Salon

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Manage Summer Acne with Proactiv

Summer means vacations, the outdoors and adventures. But to an unfortunate some, the heat can also be about acne and its complications. Personally, my skin is a bit more sensitive and more prone to acne during summer. The sweltering temperature can cause sweating, which when mixed with excessive oil, dirt and bacteria on skin will clog pores and lead to breakouts. But, don't fret!

Despite your overactive oil glands going on overdrive this summer, you can still have fun in the sun with your most potent anti-pimple ally: Proactiv Solution, the leading anti-acne treatment product. It is safe and effective for almost everyone, and it can help prevent facial blemishes from becoming a larger skin problem.



How Proactiv Can Address Acne?
Proactiv’s mild formulations gently exfoliate your skin, remove excess oil and deliver powerful acne-fighting medicine. Its acne-care system can work alone or in combination with a dermatologist’s prescriptions, and now with micro-crystal medicine for fast pore penetration and instant acne-fighting action.

How to Achieve Acne-Free, Summer Ready Skin?
Proactiv requires less than five minutes a day. It’s easy to make it an essential part of your daily skincare regimen. Its oil-free formulation is designed to absorb excess oil to help give your face a more mattified appearance while helping to assist the skin in the fight against acne. This also helps the skin to remain soft, smooth and hydrated without looking or feeling greasy.

Simple Three-Step System to Acne-Free Skin:

RENEW
Step 1: Renewing Cleanser
This medicated Renewing Cleanser is made with exclusive micro-crystal benzoyl peroxide –
featuring smaller, finer particles designed to quickly penetrate pores to start killing acnecausing
bacteria on contact. Tiny exfoliating beads gently remove dirt, excess oil and dead
skin cells to help keep pores from clogging.

REVITALIZE
Step 2: Revitalizing Toner
This refreshing, alcohol-free toner helps remove impurities and excess oil so your skin looks and feels clean, soft and refreshed – not tight and dried out. Soothing botanical agents gently balance your skin tone.

REPAIR
Step 3: Repairing Treatment
The repairing acne treatment is a feather-light medicated treatment that gets deep into clogged pores faster but is designed to be gentler on the skin. It’s an oil-free formula that’s safe for your entire face.

Bonus: Refining Mask
Our rich, deep cleansing mask uses sulfur, a proven acne blemish-fighting ingredient that reaches deep into the pores, heals existing blemishes, pampers inflamed skin, and softens and refines the skin’s texture.

Also, invest in a good sunscreen for your face and body. That will certainly help in preventing dark spots and premature aging. I suggest you use one for sensitive skin. Also, avoid touching your face. You don't know what kind of bacteria your hands have that might irritate your skin or cause acne.

Don’t make it a cruel summer for you, beat the breakouts and be Proactiv!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Buy Proactiv Kit and get a discount on Wen Cleansing Conditioner 350ml

Proactiv has an offer that hair care enthusiasts will surely love!


If I haven’t emphasized it enough, I have an affinity with anything that will make my hair beautiful and healthy. I’ve posted product reviews of different kinds - from high-end to drugstore brands, but my ultimate favorite ones are the ones that will revive my uber damaged hair. If you’re just like me, you know, who loves to care for your skin and hair, well Proactiv’s latest promo is for you.

Anyone who'll purchase a Proactiv kit (30-day or 60-day) from the Proactiv Philippines Online shopping site https://my.proactiv.comph can choose to upgrade their kits with an additional product, Wen Cleansing Conditioner 350ml at Php250 discount (if purchased with 30-day kit) or at Php400 discount (if purchased with 60-day kit).

What is Wen Cleansing Conditioner?
WEN® Cleansing Conditioner is a revolutionary new concept in hair care, made by the same manufacturer as Proactiv – Guthy Renker USA. A 5-in-1 formula, this one product takes the place of your shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler and leave-in conditioner. It cleanses hair thoroughly but without lathering and all the harsh ingredients that may be found in ordinary shampoos—it is designed so it won't strip your hair and scalp of their natural oils. Your hair is left with sheen, moisture, manageability and better color retention. Read my full review here.

Wen is available in two scents: Pomegranate (which I was able to try) and Sweet Almond Mint.

Original Retail Price of Wen Cleansing Conditioner 350ml: Php 995
New Price, as an Add-on to your Proactiv 30-day kit: Php 745
Best Price, as an Add-on to your Proactiv 60-day kit: Php 595
This bundle is valid until May 15, 2015.

How to Avail:
1. Visit http://my.proactiv.com.ph and create an account.
2. Browse the shopping site for products you like, or go straight to http://my.proactiv.com.ph/products.htm. The Proactiv 60-day tab shows a window at the right side indicating Php 400 discount on Wen Cleansing Conditioner 350ml if you bundle it with your kit purchase. The Proactiv 30-day kit tab shows a similar window indicating Php 250 discount on Wen Cleansing Conditioner 350ml if you bundle it with your 30-day kit purchase.




3. The discount on Wen Cleansing Conditioner is available only for purchases of Proactiv 30 day and Proactiv 60 day kits.
4. For customers who shall avail of the Proactiv money back guarantee, please note that Wen and its equivalent purchase price is excluded from the refund value.
5. Nationwide Free delivery applies to orders of this bundle.


Please note that this bundle is available until May 15, 2015 only. 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Proactiv Renewing Cleanser - Review | First Impressions

Hooray for better and healthier skin!


I love washing my face first thing in the morning. It helps in waking up my senses and I also love the feeling of having a freshly washed face. The only problem with this cheap thrill is that my skin has been acting up pretty badly for a while now, so I've been very picky with the cleansers I use. You guys know how much I love Proactiv, right? So it's really not a surprise when I was super excited to try this cleanser!

Proactiv Renewing Cleanser is an oil free, soap free medicated formula that contains advanced micro crystal benzoyl peroxide in combination with mild cleanser that lightly washes the skin. Tiny beads gently exfoliate dead cells and impurities so they can’t clog pores. Did you know that acne appears because of dead skin cells trapped inside your pores? That's why mild exfoliation is important in treating and preventing it. Meanwhile, the benzoyl peroxide penetrates the pores fast while being gentle to the skin. It attacks, kill acne-causing bacteria and reduce the number of acne pimples.



Proactiv Renewing Cleanser


So what are my first impressions about this cleanser? (Yes, this is not a full review yet since I've only used it for a few days)

First of all, I appreciate the practicality of the packaging. It's easy to tote around and because of the cover, I won't have to worry about any spilling in my bag when I bring it anywhere.



The first time I used it, I was relieved that it was gentle enough for my already troubled skin. The scent is the same with the Proactiv refining mask; it's texture is also similar with the mask but this is more dilluted so it's easier to apply. 



Why is Proactiv Renewing Cleanser superior than regular cleanser / soap? 
While it may seem counter intuitive, harsh scrubbing does not unclog your pores any better than gentle cleansing, and may actually worsen your acne. Cleansing and scrubbing only reduce surface oils and dean skin cells. Many people use harsh products, laden with alcohol and foamy surfactants (detergents) somehow wash the acne off their skin. However, these actions produce irritation and worsen acne. It is possible to gently unplug pores with fine polyethylene beads that gently relieve impacted pores without irritation. Proactiv Renewing Cleanser does not contains any surfactants that can harsh the skin. Proactiv Renewing Cleanser is formulated without the harsh detergents known as surfactants found in many other cleansers. Surfactants, which are responsible for a sudsy foam and lather, strip skin of its essential oils. As a result, the skin barrier becomes damaged and vulnerable to irritation and impaction.


What is the role of Renewing Cleanser in Proactiv Combination Therapy? 
The Renewing Cleanser help removes dead skin cells and impurities which can clog the pore. The advanced microcrystal benzoyl peroxide in the Proactiv® 3-Step System kill acne-causing bacteria while the glycolic acid and other exfoliants reduce excess oils and dead skin cells.

Directions to Use 
Use morning and night Apply a small (dime-sized) amount to damp skin and gently massage for 1 to 2 minutes Rinse thoroughly with warm water Path dry If bothersome dryness or peeling occurs, reduce application to once a day or every other day If going outside use a sunscreen

Key Ingredients 
Benzoyl Peroxide This is the key anti bacterial agent to fight acne. The 2.5% concentration is just effective as 10% solutions in controlling the majority of acne cases and much gentler to your skin. This low concentration gives it the acne-fighting benefit of even higher concentrations, but not the side-effects!

Other Ingredients Include: 

Sodium Hyaluronate  - this mucopolysaccharides act as humectant to draw moisture to skin.

Mucopolysaccharides - these are gel like substances surrounding the collagen and elastin in the dermis layer of the skin.
Polyethylene - these small round beads have no sharp edges that can tear and scratch the skin while they gently remove old, dead cells.
Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract - this is a botanical extract known for its soothing properties.

All in all, I'm really loving this cleanser. Though it's a bit early to say it's very effective, at least it's not making my skin breakout more. It didn't left my skin dry unlike other anti-acne cleansers that I've tried. It also doesn't sting my skin at all. Personally, I think this would work well when used with the entire Proactiv skincare system. 


Availability:

The Proactiv Renewing Cleanser is included in the Proactiv Solution 30-day and 60-day kits.
Proactiv Solution kits are available at: a. Proactiv Online Shopping: http://my.proactiv.com.ph b. Proactiv Delivery Door–to-Door Hotlines: Metro Manila Landline: (02) 729-2222 Globe Provincial: 1-800-8-729-8888 PLDT Provincial: 1-800-10-889-4444 Mobile Number: 0917-801-888 c. Proactiv Mall Kiosks Glorietta, Ground Floor Trinoma, 2nd Floor d. Watson and SM Department Stores (Beauty Section) nationwide

Friday, January 30, 2015

Nicole Scherzinger Sizzles as Proactiv's New Endorser

If you haven't heard of Nicole Scherzinger or even the Pussy Cat Dolls, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?

Nicole Scherzinger , the former headliner of the all-female group Pussy Cat Dolls, is the new endorser of Proactiv. This Filipino-Russian-Hawaiian-Samoan fabulous lass has been sizzling the dance floor and the music scene for years, and now she's with Proactiv to inspire people especially those who are battling with acne.



Who is Nicole?
Her international sex appeal needs no translation. Of Filipino/Hawaiian/Russian descent, Nicole Scherzinger’s charisma knows no bounds. As success stories go, Nicole’s rise to stardom wasn’t always smooth and easy. Raised in a modest household by her mom and German-American stepfather, her humble upbringing didn’t deter her from pursuing her burning ambition to become a singer. She exploded into the pop scene as the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls before embarking on a solo career as a recording artist, selling a total of 60 million records. She also has film experience, won Season 10 of Dancing with the Stars and was a judge at the UK and US editions of The X Factor.

Her Proactiv Story 
Though blessed with radiant, glowing skin, Nicole still makes sure that she maintains it that way. “I feel like in my line of work, I’m always under the microscope. It’s quite traumatic when you have an acne breakout and blemishes because you wake up and you’re hoping that your face is clear,” she shares. Fortunately for Nicole, she found a beauty ally, which allows her to emphasize her personal philosophy that sexiness starts from having clear, blemish-free skin. “I found Proactiv through a friend in my band. She had really bad breakouts and blemishes that it really scarred her skin. She discovered Proactiv, and it’s just amazing how she’s just blossomed,” Nicole says. In no time, she grew to be a Proactiv lover. “They say that the eyes are the windows to our souls, right? But when you have an acne breakout, nobody’s looking at your eyes. They’re looking at your appearance. But when you get clear, they can see you for who you really are,” Nicole says. “With Proactiv, I’m empowered now. I can hold my head up higher. I can smile bigger. And I can put the energy on other people.”

Why Nicole chooses Proactiv over other acne medication 
The benzoyl peroxide formulation found in Proactiv’s 3-Step System works safely and more effectively than other products claiming to have benzoyl peroxide in the market. The Proactiv Combination Therapy acne management system combines finely-milled, prescription-grade benzoyl peroxide with sulfur and soothing botanicals like allantoin, panthenol, aloe and chamomile. Together these ingredients gently exfoliate your skin, unplug your pores, attack acne-causing bacteria and soothe inflammation. Here is what Nicole Scherzinger, certified beauty icon, wants you to know about Proactiv: “What would I say to somebody who has gone through breakouts and blemishes? That there’s hope. That you can take control. That you can do it. That you can change. Proactiv gives you clear skin. It gives you clarity of mind and self and spirit. I would say that you can take charge of your life again. You can be empowered. You can be who you are meant to be.”

Proactiv Solution is available at all Watsons and SM Department Stores (Beauty Section) nationwide.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Be Stress-free and Acne-free this Christmas

Image from RadyoNatin.com

Christmas season is a wonderful time of the year, but it can also be a very stressful time for everyone. It’s the time of year when we usually experience a lot of good stress like the excitement brought about by Christmas shopping and family reunions. But we can also experience bad stress such as Christmas rush traffic and year-end business activities. Regardless if good or bad, stress may aggravate acne.

How is stress related to acne?
The increased levels of stress stimulate the body's production of various hormones and trigger different changes in the skin. Sometimes it causes the skin oils to become more viscous making you more acne prone. Stress also reduces your body’s natural immune defense and your skin doesn’t fight off bacteria build-up as well.

When these happen, we become more prone to breakouts. Acne begins when oil collects at the base of the hair follicle and becomes trapped by dead skin cells. Bacteria flourish, form a plug and swell beneath the skin. Stress can make acne worse, causing more anxiety, and creating a vicious cycle

How to be have a stress-free Christmas?

List Them Down
To make sure I don't forget anything, I list down all the things I have to do and get. Whether it's getting my hair done (who needs a bad hair day on holidays?!) or ordering food in advance, I like listing down my tasks so it'll be easier for me to track down what else I should be doing. It also saves me a lot of time fretting over stuff I could have forgotten or missed.

Be Active
Combat those stress hormones with the happy hormones! You can try something as intense as HIIT or something as relaxing and quiet as yoga. Moving around and being active also clears my head, making me feel relaxed and focused at the same time.

Get Enough Sleep
Everyone needs to get enough sleep. When you're well rested and refreshed, it minimizes the chance of you getting all worked up on things that usually shouldn't bother you anyway.

Use Proactiv Solution Combination Therapy 
To prevent acne before they even begin, arm yourself with Proactiv Combination Therapy System.
It is a 3-Step System, that work together to cleanse your skin, fight the blemishes, help stop new one from forming, and gently heal damaged skin.


  • Step 1: Renewing Cleanser

This medicated Renewing Cleanser is made with exclusive micro-crystal benzoyl
peroxide – featuring smaller, finer particles designed to quickly penetrate pores
to start killing acne-causing bacteria on contact. Tiny exfoliating beads gently
remove dirt, excess oil and dead skin cells to help keep pores from clogging.
Step

  • Step 2: Revitalizing Toner

This refreshing, alcohol-free toner helps remove impurities and excess oil
so your skin looks and feels clean, soft and refreshed – not tight and dried
out. Soothing botanical agents gently balance your skin tone.


  • Step 3: Repairing Treatment

The repairing acne treatment is a feather-light medicated treatment that
Gets deep into clogged pores faster but is designed to be gentler on the
skin. It’s an oil-free formula that’s safe for your entire face.


  • Bonus: Refining Mask

Our rich, deep cleansing mask uses sulfur, a proven acne blemish-
fighting ingredient that reaches deep into the pores, heals existing
blemishes, pampers inflamed skin, and softens and refines the skin’stexture.


Catch this Ongoing PROACTIV Promo!
The Proactiv 60-Day Limited Edition Pack with FREE Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control 50ml is available at Watsons and SM Department stores (Beauty Section) nationwide.


Merry and stress-free Christmas to you and your family! :)