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After a long long hiatus, Saturday Shorts is back! Well actually, that means I’ve finally started to use up enough products to have concrete opinions about them. So, welcome to volume six, bath products!

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1. Organix Awapuhi Ginger Repairing Conditioner

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This is one that I chose among Eula’s recommendations from Organix. I thought that Awapuhi Ginger smelled the best, and the scent really appealed to me. I use this at most twice a week; I wanted to avoid making my hair too used to it. My hair always smells fresh and lovely right after I take a bath with it. It feels super soft and silky too, but that goes away after a day or two. I’m wondering if I’m using it a little too infrequently. This is available in department stores (I bought mine in Landmark), and probably also in supermarkets as well. It costed me Php499 for the 385ml bottle. This is a huge bottle btw, and I feel like I haven’t made a significant dent yet.

2. Dove Deeply Nourishing Body Wash

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Ah Dove, a very classic household name. This body wash though is something I’ve never tried before, but through Sampleroom I was able to get a full sized sample and try it out. I’ve already finished the sample and already bought a few bottles for further use, I’m that satisfied with it. It’s a very gentle cream that I just lather all over my body using only my hands (my derma forbid the use of abrasives like loofas), and I feel very cleansed. My sensitive skin loves this stuff, and has never reacted badly yet. It has become my current mainstay, and my daughter uses it too. This 200ml bottle costs Php90 (very reasonable!), and a bigger version, 400ml, costs Php175.

3. Bare Naturals The Mane Event

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Lastly we have this hair mask from one of my previous Glamourboxes. I really like how this performs on my hair; it’s almost as good as the Organix conditioner. This is what I use in between the days I use the Organix one. I like the spatula that comes with it, as well as a built-in tray to hold the spatula, although of course by that time my hands are too wet and slippery that it’s still quite hard to manage. My hair feels nice and soft and smells fantastic after use. Unfortunately my husband does not like the scent of coconut (we didn’t realize that previously! quite the discovery) so I have stopped using this. The full sized version of this (130g) costs Php380.

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Welcome to the fifth volume of Saturday Shorts! This week we will talk about exfoliation.

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1. Garnier Light Intensive Brightening Scrub

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It’s pretty surprising to me that this product was used at all, given that my prior bad experience with Garnier Brightening Roll-On (eyes) turned me off the brand entirely. I got this Garnier Light Intensive Brightening Scrub in one of the best BDJ boxes released – the May Fun Fresh Fierce box. At the time I was actually looking for a face exfoliator, and decided to give this a chance since I received it in the box anyway. To my surprise and delight, it actually performed pretty well for me. It properly sloughed off the dead skin on my face, and didn’t leave any red marks. My sensitive skin didn’t react negatively to this treatment as well. As this is a gigantic tube and I only use it at most twice a week, it will take me some time to finish it. It’s rather reasonable at Php140 for this size tube, and is probably available in most supermarkets and drugstores. This will be a mainstay in my routine!

2. Cure Natural Aqua Gel

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This is one of the items I received in the September BDJ box. As I’ve read tons of raves about this product, I naturally had high expectations. And since I’ve been using the Garnier exfoliator for a few months before that, I also have something to compare it to. My verdict: Cure Natural Aqua Gel works as advertised. It does slough off dead skin and turns it into white flakes. Over time, the amount of dead skin/white flakes that the gel creates lessens as the skin becomes renewed and rough patches are smoothed out. Again I only used this at most twice a week, and a sachet is worth about 2-3 uses. My only problem with this is the price. At Php1500 for a full 250ml bottle seems a little too steep, especially given that it’s only used very sparingly. And the fact that the Garnier exfoliator was already doing quite well for me means that I’ll probably skip on the full size of the Cure gel.

3. Glamworks Chin & Forehead Strips

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While not quite an exfoliator, it claims to remove blackheads and unclogs the pores so I felt it belonged in this volume. Again I got the idea of this from The Beauty Junkee, and her review sold me on this product. For just Php99 you get ten strips, each individually wrapped and sealed in foil. You can use each strip either on the chin or the forehead (of course!). The trick is that the place you are applying the strip to should be damp so that the strip will stick to it. After about 15 minutes you can remove the strip and all the bad stuff will come off with it! I love how this feels and my chin/forehead feels so much smoother afterwards. I only use this whenever I feel extra clogged or dirty on my face and need some unwinding, so I have a lot of strips left. This is a definite rebuy, and makes me want to try Glamworks’ other strips. Awesome awesome product!

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Welcome to the fourth volume of Saturday Shorts! This week we will talk hair.

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1. Lucido-L Hair Make Supplement Treatment Oil for Straight

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This one was included in my September Favorites, and I got this from the SM Beauty Box. I love using this after bathing (on wet hair, basically), but it can also be used on dry hair. I think this is supposed to be used when blow drying hair, but I don’t have one of those so I just use this as a sort of leave on product. It makes my hair super soft and manageable the entire day, and I rarely need to put up my hair in a ponytail. It also keeps my hair from looking buhaghag. This will definitely be a rebuy.

2. Goody So Bright Styling Brush

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I’ve always considered Goody as a “nice to have” brand. They have really good looking (and apparently good performing) products, but the prices are pretty steep. Considering you can buy Paganini brand products for a fifth of the price or less, it’s pretty hard to justify buying Goody products. This is the main reason why I thought the BDJ Elite Box was a good purchase because it let me finally try a Goody brush without feeling too bad about it. I do love this brush a lot! It takes out the tangles pretty handily without pulling, and it feels so nice on the scalp. My daughter loves using this too! It’s also very easy to clean – I just pull out the strands of hair using my hands, and they usually all come out easily.

3. L’Oreal Paris Extraordinary Oil

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I had two misgivings when I saw that this is included in the BDJ Elite box: first is that I already had the Lucido-L product and this will be a redundant one, and that the L’Oreal Paris hairfall line didn’t really work for me. When I received this I knew I had to give this a shot. The bottle is just luxurious to look and feel, and the scent is wonderful as well! How does it perform for me? It actually does make my hair feel wonderfully soft and manageable. I alternate this with the Lucido-L treatment, and I usually use this on dry hair. I love hair oils now! Will I rebuy this? Maybe, but since I have this and the Lucido-L it will take me some time to finish both.

Welcome to volume 3 of Saturday Shorts! This week we will talk soaps!

1. Zenutrients Baby Love Calendula and Milk Soap

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This is my latest soap acquisition, and I was able to try it out through Sampleroom. I got a 50 g sample size for 30 points, but the full 150 g bar costs Php178. I’ve seen a Zenutrients stall at Landmark Trinoma, so I assume the full size can be bought there. This soap smells really good, almost good enough to eat. It feels great on the skin and it does leave my skin moisturized. I would definitely rebuy this, if not for my daughter’s objections. She inherited the sensitive nose from her dad and couldn’t tolerate the smell of this.

2. Droplets of Nature Beauty and Bright Anti-Ageing Serum Bar

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I received this in my April Glamourbox, and this is the full 130g bar which costs Php94. I haven’t yet seen this in supermarkets and drugstores, but you can buy this from the Glamourbox Boutique. This is a serum bar, which is supposed to work on lightening the skin and keeping it moisturized. For some reason this doesn’t lather well, and it’s hard to tell if I’ve soaped all parts of my body already. I haven’t seen any difference in my skin in terms of lightening, but it does keep my skin well moisturized. The soap smells strongly of berry. Would I buy this again? I’m not yet sure, I haven’t seen any big effects on my skin and my daughter also objects to the scent of this.

3. Rose Fragrant Florals Soap

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This was one of the products included in my Peachy Pink Sisters prize (upper left corner). I brought this with me on a trip abroad and used it for the entirety of those two weeks. It’s a nice little square soap, with a distinctive rose scent. It served me quite well to clean my body and kept my skin well moisturized. It lasted well enough that there was quite enough of the bar left but I forgot to pack it when I went home. I have no idea where to buy this or how much this costs.

Welcome to the second volume of Saturday Shorts. I’ve decided I’ll do an every-other-week post for this series so that I’ll have the option to do something else on the other Saturdays. Anyway! This week, we will focus on eye products.

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1. Creation Eyeshadow Palette

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Remember one of my earliest hauls? I got this super cheap palette for only Php25 (it was on sale) from Saizen. It has six shades: three greens, one blue, one white, and one shimmery beige. The eyeshadows are very powdery and prone to fall out, and is pretty stubborn to apply. It’s pretty cheap though, but I think this is only good for playing with. It might be better applied with a wet brush, but I haven’t tried it yet.

2. Olay Regenerist Eye Cream

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This eye cream is one of a duo of Olay products I got from the SM Watsons Beauty Box. It has 10 ml of product. I use it mostly at night, and apply it both on my undereyes and on my lids. I have so far not been wowed by any immediate results, but at least my undereyes have been kept well moisturized. There are no visible lightening of either my undereyes or my lids, after three weeks of continuous use. To be fair, it didn’t really promise that. Instead it promises smoother lids and softer lines. While I can say that my lids may have become smoother, my undereye lines haven’t softened yet. I think I have only used a third to a half of the tube (hard to tell since the tube is quite opaque), so I will update this post if there are any changes to my feedback once I finish this tube.

3. Ever Bilena Evera Eye Pencil with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E

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I bought this eye pencil way back in March, at one of the Watsons branches in Makati. It’s a very stiff pencil that might be better used on the brows than as eyeliner, but I’m using it as eyeliner more often. It is a nice shade of brown that usually goes well with my everyday makeup, but I don’t use it too often as it really is too hard and pulls on my lids too much. It’s also not waterproof, and will easily wash out in the rain or if you sweat a lot. I would probably consider getting another shade (a darker brown probably) to use on my brows, as this is pretty cheap at Php35.

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Welcome to yet another new category! I’m dubbing these the Saturday Shorts series, and it will feature short reviews of at most three products. I will aim to publish a Saturday Shorts post every week. In this volume we will tackle hair and body products.

1. Nanny Rose Gugo & Lawat Anti-Hairfall Shampoo

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I got this from my SM Beauty Box, and is actually one of the reasons I bought it. I do have a pretty big hairfall issue, and unfortunately the L’Oreal Paris Anti-Hairfall line wasn’t able to address it. In every bath I usually get about ten or so strands of hairfall, and about five or so when I comb my hair afterwards. After using this Nanny Rose product, my bath hairfall is reduced to about two to three strands, and the after-bath combing hairfall down to one to two strands. It is amazing! I never thought I’d see the end of my hairfall issue. I only use this shampoo at most twice a week. The bottle is kind of a stiff plastic which makes it hard to dispense the shampoo, and is really the only drawback to this amazing product. I will definitely rebuy this!

2. Hollywood Style Light Summer Lotion

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I got this bottle of lotion in my April Glamourbox, and have been using it ever since. The bottle contains so much product that I haven’t ran out of it yet until now, with everyday use! I like how smooth it makes my skin feels after application, and I also have grown very fond of the scent. It makes me feel super refreshed, especially on a hot and humid day. It is great for sensitive skin too, as it hasn’t made my skin react even once. I’m very impressed by this, and will become my staple summer lotion. I also want to try the other variant, the Collagen Firming one. This is available in the Glamourbox Boutique as well as in Landmark Trinoma.

3. Human Heart Nature Kids Natural Shampoo & Body Wash in Tangerine Tarsier

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This is my daughter’s current shampoo. She has unfortunately outgrown the much-vaunted Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and it no longer does anything for her hair. She has a big tangle issue and the baby shampoo doesn’t address it at all. HHN’s Kids Shampoo makes her hair softer and much easier to comb out. It even doubles as body wash (she prefers not to). It has a delicious tangerine scent that really makes me want to use it too! I got the giant bottle (500ml) which costs Php289.75. The only drawback to this is that the bottle is too heavy for her to lift by herself. I will probably buy a smaller bottle next time, and just buy the big bottle to refill the smaller bottle.


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