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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.

I’m admittedly bitter about some things that happened lately, but I will choose to focus on the bright side. I got the second BDJ Elite Box to make myself feel better about things, and I have to say that it did cheer me up! I received this over the weekend and I eagerly took pictures for the unboxing.

The first thing I noticed is that there is no box. Yes, you heard that right. This Elite Box does not actually come with the big elite box that I got for the first one. It came in with a cardboard sleeve, and a humongous black pouch! The pouch is bigger than I expected, and a lot more glam too!

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Here are the products included in this Elite Box (they all fit into the pouch!).

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As usual it came with the set of cute cards that discuss each product, and included the size of the product included, and the price of the full-sized product (note: the product included is not necessarily all full sized as I’ll show you below).

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As there does not seem to have an order specified in the curation cards, I’ll do another Tellie and present them in the order of my preference.

1. Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream

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I definitely bought this set mainly for this product. I was a little sad that it was not full sized, but was only a teeny tiny 0.1oz sample. It’s great that I will be able to try this out as I’m still on the search for my HG eye cream and this is actually in my short list of eye creams to try. The full sized product is 0.5oz, and costs Php1800, so this sample should cost Php360. Benefit is largely cruelty-free. Update: Benefit does not test finished products on animals, but they do not guarantee the same for ingredients or chemicals. Thanks Carina for the info!

2. Fairydrops Platinum Mascara

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I’ve been reading raves about this mascara, primarily from Liz of Project Vanity, and I’ve always wanted to try it out. The price is a little steep at Php1195 for a tube of mascara so I’ve never gotten the nerve to buy one. Since it’s included in this Elite Box this is also a big reason why I purchased the box. I don’t have information on Fairydrops’ stance on animal testing. Update: Fairydrops is most probably a cruelty-free company as they are carried by Beauty Bar and BB’s brands are mostly CF.

3. Revlon Photoready BB Cream Skin Perfector

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I’m a big fan of Revlon, and have been wanting to try their BB creams for some time. Unfortunately they are not entirely a cruelty-free company so I’ve decided not to buy from them. However I will not turn my nose up when it is included in the Elite Box. I got the shade 020 Light Medium and I hope this is a good match for my skin tone. This is a full sized tube, 30ml, and costs Php725.

4. Goody So Bright Brush

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Goody is one of those brands that I deem “nice to have” because of the price of the products. I believe that they have good quality products, but it really is a little steeply priced for me. This Elite Box has one of their brushes! It’s just a standard hair brush (good quality though!) but it already costs Php399.75. I have made a preliminary test of this and I love how it feels on my scalp. I got the pink version which is my second-favorite color. I don’t have information on Goody’s stance on animal testing.

5. L’Oreal Paris Extraordinary Oil

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This would have been higher on the list, had I not just acquired the Lucido-L Hair Treatment from the SM Beauty Box. I am starting to be a fan of hair oils and this bottle seems really luxurious. Perhaps the heavy glass bottle (breakable!) and the gold sheen just screams luxury, but I’m definitely hoping this is a performer. This 100ml bottle costs Php499. L’Oreal is not cruelty-free.

6. Ralph Lauren Big Pony Fragrance

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Now this would have been lower on the list, except I’m actually out for a replacement for my everyday fragrance (I ran out of my FCUK body spray). BDJ gives you the choice of the four variants of this fragrance, and I chose RL Yellow (pear and mimosa). It turns out to be a roll on fragrance which is a first for me. I love how this smells so far. This 10ml roll on tube costs Php750. RL is not cruelty-free.

7. Nippon Cleansing Kit

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This is low on the list because I don’t really need a new makeup remover (I’m already contented with my current combo of Bifesta Cleansing Lotion and Celeteque Cleansing Oil). What I’m interested in is the Parian Wipe, which is a brush cleaner. The round sponges are a bonus and will definitely be used in the future. The total cost of this kit is Php410. I don’t have information on Nippon Esthetics’ stance on animal testing.

8. Covergirl Liquiline Blast Eyeliner

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The reason that this is last on the list is called Eye of Horus Eyeliner. This Covergirl eyeliner basically has the same function as the EoH one and I’m not even using that often. This one costs Php450. I don’t have information on Covergirl’s stance on animal testing. Update: Covergirl is not cruelty-free.

Bonus: Goody Come Play! Invite

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This would actually be #3 on the list since I would really want to go to this event!

My impressions of the Girls Night Out Elite Box: I love that almost all the items in this box is full sized. Only the Benefit eye cream and the brush wipes and sponges are the sample sized ones. It also seems that the products really do tie in with the overall theme of the box (Girls Night Out) and I can see myself really using almost all of the products in that respect. I love the pouch as well and would not scoff at using it as my clutch for an event.

Value review: The total value of the box is around Php4700, which is around 3 times the cost of the subscription (Php1680). Most of the value is in the first three items, which I would have paid to buy. All the other items can be considered free, and is definitely such a great value. To be honest the Covergirl eyeliner is the only one I didn’t want to get from this. And I get a nice pouch too! I’d say this Elite Box is a great buy.

It’s that time of the month! BDJ Box time! The month of June is the month where we explore The Science of Beauty. Yes, this is the theme of the month, and I find it quite intriguing. Let’s check out this box!

Warning: Photo-intensive post ahead. [You can click on each image to make it larger.]

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This month’s theme (The Science of Beauty) basically concentrates on the key ingredients that target specific problems or issues. They claim that it took hours of research to develop these products. Here are two welcome cards included in the box. One is the standard welcome card that discusses the theme, while the second one concentrates on a brand I’ve never heard before: Kinerase. We’ll discuss that further on in the post.

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This is how the box looked like upon opening. As you can see it’s pretty packed with products, although you might notice that the majority of it is the black-and-pink L’Oreal products.

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The first three products are the three products in L’Oreal Paris’ new line: Fall Repair 3x. This line, as the name suggests, specifically targets and addresses hair fall through the use of Arginine. I would have been totally thrilled in getting these, if I hadn’t just bought the whole line recently (check out my latest haul post). The shampoo and conditioner are the 90ml small size ones (Full size 200ml, Php110 and Php119), which costs Php49.55 and Php53.60 respectively. The Leave-In Tonic is full sized, which costs Php259.

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The next one is a full sized tube of Physiogel Intensive Cream (50ml). It is a moisturizer that claims to have a Derma Membrane Structure Technology, something that will work towards hydrating the skin. It can be both for the face and for targeting dry areas of the body like elbows and knees. Unfortunately, this already came out in a previous box, my first one: November BDJ Box. And to be honest I haven’t actually tried it yet. Maybe this time I’ll set aside a period to test this out. This 50ml tube costs Php574.50.

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Next we have two makeup items, which made me really happy! The first one is a lipstick. Woo! It’s Avon Vitaluscious Lipstick in 400 Reviving Red. It looks like a pretty red lippie, and this would be my second red one (the first is from Flormar). I have big expectations of this lippie due to Liz’s review. This costs Php299.

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The second item is an eyeliner but it doesn’t stop there. It’s a dual-ended eyeliner from Revlon! Talk about sulit! This one is called Revlon Photoready Kajal in Blue Nile. This eyeliner is an intense eyeliner (the blue end) and brightener (the white end) in one! I love that I got a blue shade. I like bold colors and I expect that I will love this one. This costs Php525.

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One of the features of this month’s box is the introduction of the brand Kinerase. It specifically introduces the plant-based antioxidant Kinetin, which aims to improve the overall health of the skin. A more in-depth discussion can be found in the included booklet (below). Note the monthly inspirational sticker. “You are stronger than you seem; more beautiful than y ou think.”

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Two Kinerase product samples are included in my box. These are the Gentle Daily Cleanser (5ml) and the C6 Peptide Intensive Treatment (5ml). The first is obviously meant to cleanse the face, while the second one sounds more like a serum to be applied after cleansing and toning. I am eager to try these out. These cost approximately Php70 and Php500 respectively (Full size: Cleanser 200ml, Php2800; Peptide 50ml, Php5000).

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My impressions of the June BDJBox: On the overall I am not displeased by this box. It just so happened that I just purchased the three hair products before this and I do feel that the box made it a bit redundant. On the other hand I am quite pleased to receive the two makeup items, as well as the chance to try out the new skincare brand. I’d rate this month as good, but not great.

Value review: The total value of this box is Php2330.65, which is again way more than the subscription cost. [Note: The monthly subscription cost for BDJ Box is now Php580.] The only thing I don’t like about that is Php500 of this box value is in only 5ml of product (Kinerase Peptide Treatment). However, I really do like receiving the lipstick and the eyeliner.

It may be a little early since it’s just the first-ish week of June, but this post serves a reminder for me to stop buying things. You’ll see that I’ve bought a ton of stuff, and I need to consider the wisdom of splurging like this (I’m supposed to be frugal!). I do want to show you the things I bought as a preview of the reviews I’ll be posting soon, and to tell you where to get these things and for how much.

First up is L’Oreal Paris Fall Repair 3x trio of products. I got the big versions of the shampoo (Php110) and conditioner (Php119) from Watsons, and I also got the leave-in tonic (Php259) from SM Department Store (Makati). I bought these to finally address my ongoing hairfall issue. I’ll report back in about a month or so to tell you if these things worked for me.

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I finally caved in and bought this Celeteque Brightening Multi-benefit BB Cream (Php325, Watsons). I couldn’t stand just reading about it on the internet, so I went ahead and tried this for myself. After a few days of use, I can say as a short review that this is a great everyday BB cream that’s very reasonably priced.

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Hooray! I finally found time to drop by SM Makati, and went straight to the Essence booth in the department store. I bought a couple of items: Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base (Php189) and Essence Kajal Pencil in Everybody’s Darling (Php79). I’ve only so far been able to try the Kajal Pencil. I love the color payoff and the fact that it’s pretty long lasting, however the product is very soft and needs a very light touch to apply. I’ll definitely post a review of both of these soon.

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I also got a couple of nail polish removers from SM Department Store as well. I am planning a comparison post of nail polish removers, and I wanted a good range of brands. These two are the Cutex Caring Nail Polish Remover (Php59, 59ml) and Flormar Nail Polish Remover in Orchid Complex (Php149, 125ml).

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I’ve already shown these in my previous post, but I got my first nail art tool. It’s the BK Nail System Dotting Tool (Php69, Landmark Trinoma). It has two heads: a standard straight dotting head and a bent-tip dotting head. I love this tool and I think I can probably not buy further dotting tools.

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I paid a visit to the Commonwealth branch of Human Heart Nature and got this Body Butter Cream in Berry Bliss (Php279). I love this body butter so much as it feels very decadent and smells so wonderful! I pamper with this about once a week after a good long bath. I also bought the May-June magalogue. I got a tip from Aya of CodenameAya that my blog was mentioned there. And it is! I’m still pretty much in shock. I’ll post pictures of that soon.

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This next one is a confession. I went ahead and purchased more stuff from Dazzle Dry since they extended the sale until June 15! I got four (yes four!) more lacquers (Php399 each) and a bottle of nail polish remover (Php325, 240ml). The four shades are (L-R) Strawberry Macaron, Heart of Fire, Love’s Secret, and Electrifying. The polish remover is called Dazzle Dry Lemongrass Nail Polish Remover, which I intend to include in that future comparison post.

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And there you have it! I think I may have a couple of other things I purchased but I don’t remember right now. I’ll update this post when I found those other things, or just consolidate them in another haul post. I don’t really intend to get any more stuff except for more brands of nail polish remover.

Let me know in the comments below which of these you want reviewed first!

So, I caved in and bought myself a subscription to BDJBox. I checked the other available beauty box subscriptions, and based on the reviews of their respective October boxes I decided that BDJBox offers the best value for money.

So first, where do you sign up for this service? Here is where to sign up as well as find more information regarding the brands and subscription terms. I signed up about two weeks ago through a pay service called DragonPay, in which you essentially go to the bank of your choosing (among the possible options) and pay the monthly fee. The important thing to note here is that you have to go back online to submit proof of your payment on the same day that you pay, to make sure that your payment is valid and your box will not be delayed.

On to the unboxing! Make sure to click on the images for a larger view.

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This box arrived yesterday promptly, a day after the BDJ team announced that they were shipping the boxes. I assume it’s the same size box they sent for the October shipment.

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Here’s what greets you when you open the box. The theme for November is “Take Me With You”, which I take to mean that this box is travel themed. Sure enough, opening up the box reveals a bunch of travel-sized products. Before I go any further, let me just say how amazed I am at just how packed this box is. It’s incredible.

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Again, here’s a shot of the greeting card, plus five stickers that say “I make things beautiful”. Pretty awesome and inspirational.

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This is what you’ll see when you open up the box. You can see how amazingly jampacked it is, and the products are almost popping out of the box! After I took pictures of the products inside, I tried fitting them all back in and believe me, it’s not at all easy. Let’s move on to the contents of the box.

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Left to right: 2 25 g. samplers of L’Occitane Extra Gentle Milk Soap, 5 ml sampler of L’Oreal Men Expert Energetic Multi-action 8 Cleanser, 50 ml full sized Physiogel Hypoallergenic Intensive Cream, and 20 ml Garnier Overnight Whitening Peeling Cream

This is what smells so good! The L’Occitane soaps really smells delicious, I can’t wait to try it out. The latter two are the biggest products in the box.

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Clockwise from the left: 2 sampler packs of Garnier Light Complete Whitening Cream, 1 sampler tube of Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24 Day Cream, 2 sampler tubes of Shiseido Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam, 1 pack full sized Yuka Non-Acetone Wipes, 1 sampler tube Calvin Klein Beauty Perfume, and 1 sampler tube Dentiste Plus White Vitamin C and Xylitol Toothpaste

I am especially interested in trying out those Shiseido samplers. The Dentiste toothpaste smelled really nice too, I am looking forward to trying those out.

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Finally, the last product is the Nippon Cleansing Sponge (lower right), here shown with the vouchers and discount cards. The vouchers listed in the greeting card are 1. L’Oreal Professionel inoa Hair Color and X-tenso Moisturist vouchers redeemable at Azta Urban Salon 2. Strip Upper Lip Waxing voucher 3. Shiseido FREE product sample, quick facial and 15% discount vouchers and 4. L’Occitane 10% OFF voucher

I have to say, this is a really generous box and I definitely do not regret subscribing. I got all these for just Php480!


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