Monday, May 26, 2014

This post is part of the Quick Tips Series.

I've never been a big fan of taking care of my skin. First of all, it's a hassle. Second, I'm lazy. Third, the first two are pretty much the same right? Haha! I'm still lazy now, but I've managed to work my way around it. Plus, it really helps when what you are doing and using do actually work. My oh my, that's all the motivation you need to keep going!

Aside from figuring out which products to try and how to incorporate it to your busy lifestyle/lazy attitude, the best thing I've learned since I started taking care of my skin is that the best time to do everything is at night. Whether you do it from the moment you arrive from work or school, or just before hitting the sack! 

Below, I'll list down the advantages of practicing a nighttime regimen:

  • It won't make you late for work or school.
  • Majority of the products can be left on your face while you are sleeping, and you can wash them off in the morning. No more waiting time for you, plus the products are truly able to work themselves into your skin!
  • Your face will look amazing come morning time. Especially when you've cleaned your face properly and the moisturizer has done its job well, all you really need is to splash water on your face and that's it! Well, except if you are fond of wearing makeup. But a great skincare regimen allows for greater makeup application. Eventually, you may not need to amp up the coverage of your foundation, and you can use lesser concealer. It saves you time and money!
  • Lastly, if you have oily to combination skin, the summer heat can make your face oily even more. I've honestly stopped using day moisturizer because I'm uncomfortable with the excess sweat and oil due to the extremely warm and humid weather. But my face is still protected from the harsh cold AC in the office because I always moisturize my face the night before. Beat that, AC and sun rays! Hehe.

The only thing that you can never skip in the morning is sunscreen. Prevention is indeed better than cure, and premature signs of aging is no exemption to that. :)

Monday, May 19, 2014

My hair experienced chemical processes four times: one was digital perming and the other three were rebonding. These tamed my thick and wavy hair, and made it presentable. But the truth is, months after every treatment, my hair ends up very dry and damaged. Today I am reviewing Human Heart Nature's 100% Natural Smoothing Hair Serum.


 

Product Description:

Experience nature's transformative care with our premium 100% Natural Smoothing Hair Serum! This day and night wonder has a light, silicone-free formula that penetrates each strand to give you a frizz-free sheen and natural protection from damaging elements during the day. At night, use as a leave-on treatment to allow soybean, broccoli, and sunflower oils to deeply nourish your hair as you sleep – to bring back its natural healthy state

It's always the best time to get in the water during the hot summer months. But, before you take that dip, keep in mind that it’s also necessary to protect your mane from the damaging effects of chlorine and salt water. Prevent it from turning brittle, damaged and dry by applying a pump or two of our hair serum. Shield your hair from harmful rays by nourishing it with all natural goodness. With the powerful combination of sunflower, soybean, and broccoli oil, you can be sure to keep moisture locked in while you keep hair protected, soft, manageable, and tangle-free!

Ingredients:

caprylic/capric triglyceride (coconut derived), dicaprylyl ether (vegetable derived), Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, Glycine soja (soybean) oil, ethyl alcohol (sugarcane derived), Brassica oleracea italica (broccoli) seed oil, fragrance (all natural), glyceryl caprylate (coconut, palm and glycerine derived)

Packaging


The product is contained inside a clear bottle, and a pump to dispense the product. Product information can be read on the bottle's body. 

Product


As with most beauty serums, this one is in oil form. It isn't as heavy as the SBO, but the Overnight Elixir is definitely thinner than the Hair Serum. It has a light pleasant smell.

Using the Product

From the website:

Build the day and night hair serum habit!

During the day, hair is subject to heat, pollution and other environmental stress that could damage it. Give your locks the proper protection by smoothing on the hair serum before you leave the house. Complete your routine by letting your hair soak all the goodness of soybean, broccoli and sunflower oils at night, while you sleep to help restore your hair’s healthy state.

What I do:

I use the product during nighttime before going to sleep. I pour a tiny amount and focus on my tips. What's left of that I then spread to the rest of my hair going upwards (the hair near my scalp will then have the least amount of the serum). I also use it after I wash my hair. I pour a single pump (that's too much for dry hair) and spread it all over my wet hair. The website suggests applying it on dry hair, but I leave home with my hair still wet so I don't have much choice. :)

My hair is currently 50% newly grown and 50% straight (what's left from my previous treatment). The last damaging process I had was in September 2012 (the same time I discovered Human Nature!). To tame the wavy part (tame only, not straighten), I sometimes iron it real quick with a straightener that only goes up to 180ÂșC. You can say that the serum somewhat acts as a heat protectant, only that I applied it the night before and not on the morning that I iron my hair. And yes, I don't wash my hair everyday. If I do, I wouldn't have the time to dry up my hair before ironing it. I love me some dirty hair. :)

How does it deliver?

Is it true to its claims? Here's a comparison between what the 100% Natural Smoothing Hair Serum promises and my personal experience.


Promises Personal Experience Score
penetrates each strand to give you a frizz-free sheen When they say penetrate, what it means to me is that the product slowly seeps into my hair and leaves it frizz-free. It doesn't have to stay on my strands like some greasy oil on my hair just for it to work. It does tame my frizzy hair, along with other things I do to keep it that way (and by things, I meant actions not more products e.g. braid my hair while traveling, etc). 1
natural protection from damaging elements during the day The heat of the sun this summer is very damaging. But what's left of my treated hair fairly looks good and healthy. However, it still suffers from the occasional split ends which I think is a natural phenomena that happens to girls like me who don't trim their hair often. Haha! 1
deeply nourish your hair as you sleep – to bring back its natural healthy state I am a firm believer of night time beauty regimens. As stated, I apply the hair serum on evenings, and I do wake up with my hair soft. I can finger comb it! Okay fine, I tie my hair when I sleep. But my fingers glide on smoothly even when most of the serum is gone. The big deal I notice is that the tips of my hair look moisturized again. Not dry, even on moments when split ends exist. 1
prevent hair from turning brittle, damaged and dry I used to experience walis tambo hair on my previous treatments (months after getting them), but I no longer do. It does help with the prevention. 1
keep moisture locked in while you keep hair protected, soft, manageable, and tangle-free Yes! But this serum can only do so much. The way you treat your hair also determines how it is going to be. This serum, along with other hair products, are only tools. Are you noticing a pattern here? I'm a great advocate of being mindful with what you do with your hair! 1
CONFIRMED 5/5
PROS:
  • 100% natural and affordable
  • Lightweight and has a pleasant smell
  • It delivers
  • Perfect for people who love to have their hair treated
  • Can be used at night without messing up your pillows and bed

CONS:

  • I just noticed how messy it becomes when the bottle is lying down. The oil flows right through! But how can I carry this with me when I travel? The same goes for SBO. :(
  • I wish you can use this as a heat protectant. But sunflower oil has a very low smoke point, you'll risk frying your hair if you use it right before ironing.

Do I recommend it?

On its normal state, my hair isn't at par with what is being considered as beautiful hair. I mean, volume is in but my hair tends to have too much of that. I can easily pull off the very sexy and voluminous just woke up hair. But that's not a pretty style to pull off when I go to work. However, my hair is healthy right now. After four chemical treatments, it is strong and the hair serum is one of the natural products that has helped me achieved that.

So do I recommend it? Why not? Filipinas are obsessed with their hair. And either you love getting it treated or not, you can never escape the damaging rays of the sun. It's lightweight, easy to use and all natural. You just have to be mindful with the bottle so that the serum doesn't spill out.

Variants: 50ml
Prices: Php249.75
WHERE TO BUY: Like Choose Human Nature at Facebook to buy! You might just qualify for discounts :)

Sunday, May 11, 2014


This post is part of the Quick Tips Series.

We try to take care of our bodies. Despite our hectic schedules, we still make time for skin care even if it's just weekly. Our reasons can range from relaxation, improving the condition of our skin to preventing future damage. But are you sure you've covered all the bases?

I know some people who suffer from cracked heels, and I get reminded by what they have whenever my feet are sore. I love to walk and sometimes, I can't even notice how tedious I have been with my feet. I always end up feeling some discomfort by the end of the day. It does bother me sometimes and it contributes to some stress levels that I have every week.

The past few weeks, I've incorporated "feet loving" to my evening routine. What I do is I clean them up, and when I'm on my bed, I gather some body butter (or lotion when the weather is hot) on my hands and massage them on my sore feet. The massage by itself helps, but adding the body butter makes sure that I won't be suffering from dry cracked heels anytime soon. My feet soaks up all of the body butter overnight, and I wake up to very moisturized and relaxed feet. :)

What do you do when your feet are sore? Let me know on the comments below! :)

Sunday, May 4, 2014

My face is not perfect: I have uneven skintone, milia on and surrounding my nose, some large pores, acne scars, and my face tends to get oily. The very first makeup product I ever used was pressed powder but I do want to amp up the coverage sometimes. Today, I will be reviewing Human Nature's 100% Natural Perfect Coverage Mineral Foundation.


I only have the refill box to show for you guys. Sorry!

Product Description:

Finally, a perfect foundation that’s so comfortable to wear, you won’t even notice it’s there!

Perfect Coverage Mineral Foundation is formulated with multi-functional rice powder, bamboo powder, and Vitamin E to give medium to high coverage and help seamlessly cover imperfections! It leaves you only with a velvety soft matte finish, perfect complexion, a flawless-looking, shine-free face... and none of the harmful chemical ingredients found in regular foundations! Just the perfect match for your skin you’ve been waiting for!

Ingredients:


mica, zinc oxide (CI 77947), stearic acid (vegetable derived), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), magnesium myristate (vegetable-derived), silica, caprylic/capric triglyceride (coconut oil-derived), lauroyl lysine (amino acid-derived), Oryza sativa (rice) powder, magnesium stearate (vegetable-derived), Bambusa arundinacea (bamboo) stem powder, dicaprylyl ether (vegetable-derived), glyceryl caprylate (coconut, palm and glycerine-derived), tocopherol (vitamin E), farnesol, linalool (+/-): iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

All the ingredients are listed on the packaging and on the website!
You can research on each ingredient if you want to!

Packaging

Top view. Logo has faded :(
I don't have the box to show for it, but the above container was placed inside a box. It looks just like the refill box, only that it's bigger. Anyway, the case is purple (which I actually find cute), and it's rectangular in shape which is typical in a foundation powder. The one I own looks rather old because I believe I bought it during the first quarter of 2013.

Bottom view. Honey is actually too light for me.
The foundation and its refill include a free sponge, which is placed on the left side of the case. The right side holds the foundation powder itself. I'm not sure why the bottom has holes though because I'm pretty sure the foundation can't be used wet.

Inside view
The mirror's size is pretty decent. All-in-all, the packaging is nice and cute. It's a bit bulky and it's not as sturdy as I want it to be though. However, I don't bring this around with me. I carry the 100% Natural Mineral Pressed Powder in my makeup kit instead.

Product

closer look
I am currently using the shade Caramel, which is perfect for medium skin tones with pink undertones. I honestly am not very sure if I have pink undertones, but I do have a medium skin tone and I certainly don't look yellow when my skin is on its lightest shade! #noob makeup explorer here. Hehe

Well, the thing is, the powder easily cracks. It was fine the moment I purchased it and placed it on the case. After several uses, I just noticed the crack on the bottom. I don't even remember dropping it in the first place! It's the very reason why I don't bring it with me all the time.

Using the product

I use the foundation after I have moisturized my face. Sometimes, when the sun is hot outside, I try to remove excess oil first using a blotting paper, then use a primer. After that, I use Maybelline's BB Stick for its SPF. Then I proceed with the foundation.


I've used the foundation via different applicators. I've gone from using the sponge to brushes. They have their pros and cons (the powder is not messy but gets lesser product, while the brushes gets the job done faster at the same time creating some mess). The past few months, I've been loving the Ellana face brush that my sister bought for me when I was still in college (it looks odd here because I just washed it). The middle one is a free brush from Maybelline's loose mineral foundation which I bought a few years back.

What I love about the foundation is it actually looks natural and it feels light. And it holds on pretty well even when I'm sweating, provided that I've used primer underneath. However, it's not very long lasting. The longest I've noticed is around four hours.

under natural light

That's me, trying to be as decent as possible. Haha! That's how the Caramel shade looks on my medium skin tone. I only have the foundation on my face, without much prepping beforehand. This is only a single layer. I love that it doesn't make my face look too flat, except when I layer it up. I have a dark forehead, and the foundation was able to make my skin color look uniform.


Now time for some concealing test. Above is an image of my hand. Take note of my sun spots.


On the right side, I placed the foundation using a brush. Compared with the left side, you can see that the texture of my skin is pretty much uniform. This tells us that the finish is natural. You will also notice that my sun spots are barely noticeable. This is just a single layer of the foundation.

How does it deliver?

Is it true to its claims? Here's a comparison between what the 100% Natural Perfect Coverage Mineral Foundation promises and my personal experience.

Promises Personal Experience Score
comfortable to wear YES! I barely feel I'm wearing any foundation. 1
give medium to high coverage True! The coverage is buildable. 1
help seamlessly cover imperfections It can hide majority of my imperfections. :) But if you have extremely dark pigmentation on the face, a concealer may be needed. 1
It leaves you only with a velvety soft matte finish, perfect complexion, a flawless-looking, shine-free face. not necessarily perfect and flawless face, but it has a nice finish and it helps with my oily face 1
CONFIRMED 4/4

PROS:
  • 100% natural
  • affordable
  • comes in refills
  • lightweight and leaves my face matte
  • natural looking
  • can handle my face's uneven skin color
  • comes in 4 shades which should take care of majority of Filipina skin tones
CONS:
  • powder easily breaks
  • case feels flimsy
  • the logo on the case fades easily
  • no SPF, it does have titanium dioxide (physical sunscreen) though
Do I recommend it?

I love it for everyday use, and even on some formal events and the weather isn't too hot. The coverage is indeed buildable, but if you want some major coverage and concealing, you may have to use concealer. 

I also love that it doesn't feel heavy, but it's a bit of a bummer that it's not very long lasting. I also have to use a separate face product to have some sun protection, but this foundation does have titanium dioxide which is a physical sunscreen. The price is also affordable, plus refills are available! The free sponge is also nice even if you prefer brushes, just in case you weren't able to clean your brushes in the first place.

It's ideal for my oily face as it mattifies it, and it's all natural too! All-in-all, despite the cons, I still love this foundation. :)

Variants: shades Vanilla – Light, Honey – Fair, Caramel – Medium, Toffee – Morena and they come in refills!
Prices: Php595 and Php325 (refills)
Where to buy: Like Choose Human Nature on Facebook to buy! You might just qualify for discounts :)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

This is part of the Quick Tips Series.

One of my guilty pleasures is watching beauty videos on Youtube. One of the interesting things I noticed from beauty gurus is that they own an insanely amount of makeup. As much as I want to envy them, I actually don't. It actually pains me that I can't use products that I have until they reach their expiry date, knowing that I only use a handful on normal days. That's just the frugal/cheapskate in me. Haha!

What I do envy about them is the selection of lip products that they have. I have found that I love wearing different colors on my lips. The good thing is, some of the videos I've seen incorporate several lip products to a makeup look. They layer things up to achieve a certain effect or color to their liking. You just don't know how giddy I was the first time I noticed that. It means that even if I only have a handful of lip products, the color possibilities are plentiful! ^_^

For today's Quick Tip, I'll show you the variety of colors I can achieve with the Human Nature lip products that I own: 2 lip balms, a lip gloss and 2 lip palettes. You may have a different brand that looks similar to these colors, but you can definitely experiment with the ones you already own!

Quick Tip #3: Mix and Match Your Lip Products!

Quick Tip #3: Mix and Match Your Lip Products!

Quick Tip #3: Mix and Match Your Lip Products!

Quick Tip #3: Mix and Match Your Lip Products!

Quick Tip #3: Mix and Match Your Lip Products!

Quick Tip #3: Mix and Match Your Lip Products!

Lip products used:
  1. Mineral ColorCreme Lipstick in Pink Smoothie
  2. Mineral ColorCreme Lipstick in Lucky In Love
  3. Mineral ColorCreme Lipstick in Coral Charm
  4. Mineral ColorCreme Lipstick in Crimson Glaze
  5. Mineral ColorCreme Lipstick in Coral Kiss
  6. Mineral ColorCreme Lipstick in Red Candy
  7. 100% Natural Mineral Lip Gloss in Coral Beach
  8. 100% Natural Tinted Lip Balm in Flame Tree

Monday, April 21, 2014

The moment of truth has come. It's finally time to announce the winner of my very first giveaway! And the lucky person is (drum rolls please):

Human Nature Overnight Elixir Giveaway (Cebu Only) WINNER!


I will contact you via email/Facebook so please respond ASAP! You only have until April 23, 2014 (Wednesday) to respond, as I indicated here on the guidelines.

Thank you so much to everyone who joined! To those who didn't win, fret not, as I plan to have more contests in the coming months! Just let me breathe first and allow me to save up for it.. Hihi :)

Be the first to know about my next contest(s) and other Human Nature goodness via these links!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Weekend? Summer? Beach time! I'm hitting the beach tomorrow! So I decided to write a post about it. :)

summer beach bag 2014 Human Nature
these pouches helps keep my toiletries in place
Today, I'll be sharing with you what I'm bringing with me; save for my clothing, gadgets and such. I'm bringing 3 pouches, just so I stay organized. Two of which I actually bring with me on a daily basis! 

The beach essentials pouch:

summer beach bag 2014 Human Nature
this was a freebie when I bought my very first Overnight Elixir!

summer beach bag 2014 Human Nature

  1. Kids Natural Shampoo & Body Wash for Tangerine Thunder for Boys - It's a kids' product and it's for boys! Is it "Opposite Day" tomorrow, Anne? Haha! I personally think this is a perfect dual purpose product when travelling! I can use it as a body wash and a shampoo! Ever since I've been bringing this product with me on my travels, I no longer worry about the hassle of bringing a slippery soap bar or if I forgot to buy a shampoo sachet again (my boyfriend always wants his head clean).
  2. SAFEBLOCK 100% Natural Sunscreen - If there's anything that you shouldn't forget when going to the beach, it is definitely sun protection. And Human Nature finally has its own natural sunscreen! When it was announced, I was equally as giddy as with those who have been anticipating for it :)
  3. 100% Natural Premium Deodorant in Powder Fresh - Because B.O. is NEVER sexy. :)
  4. 100% Natural Body Butter Cream in Mango Passion - If you need to moisturize your body after every bath, the more you have to after taking a dip on a pool or beach! Lotion is not enough for my uber dry legs, so I go for this body butter cream instead. 
Daily basis pouches:

I bring these pouches whenever I go to work or have to go somewhere. They carry my basic toiletry necessities, and that includes makeup! 

But who needs makeup when going to the beach? I know, but you'll never know. Haha! Seriously though, these two automatically go to my bag regardless of where I'm heading. I feel complete when I have them with me. Hihi

summer beach bag 2014 Human Nature
miscellaneous pouch

summer beach bag 2014 Human Nature
I just lack feminine care products here. Is that TMI? :D
  1. Watsons Wet Tissue - Just your basic wet tissue which you can use to wipe and clean anything.
  2. Tisyu Tissue - Because, again, you'll never know. Haha! My boyfriend calls me a girl scout because of this! Hihi
  3. Silk Secrets Oil Control Sheet - I not only use it to tame my t-zone. I grab it whenever I feel my face is dirty.
  4. Crochet Wallet - My mother made me several crochet wallets. I use this one to store my pain relievers and antihistamines.
summer beach bag 2014 Human Nature
the last pouch but definitely not the least which has 2 compartments

summer beach bag 2014 Human Nature
first compartment
  1. Sunflower Beauty Oil - Sorry for the deceiving bottle. :) I just needed a travel friendly option. Dubbed by Human Nature as its best-selling product, its 23 uses definitely comes in handy. This has saved me from itchy insect bites to painfully drying soaps in the office!
  2. All Natural Spray Sanitizer - A quick and convenient way to sanitize anything that needs cleaning!
  3. Balm for All Seasons - This is my best friend on moments when stress and headaches plague me.
summer beach bag 2014 Human Nature
second compartment is all about makeup ;)
  1. 100% Natural Mineral Lip Gloss in Coral Beach
  2. Marionnaud Blush Brush which I use with my mineral pressed powder.
  3. Mineral ColorCreme Lip Palette in Sheen Supreme
  4. 100% Natural Mineral Pressed Powder in Sand Dollar
  5. 100% Natural Lip Balms in Peppermint
  6. 100% Natural Tinted Lip Balm in Flame Tree
  7. Ever Bilena Lip Pencil in Cappuccino
And that's it! Oh wait! When I laid out my makeup, I decided to take swatches of the lip products to remember why I have been carrying them on a daily basis. You be the judge! :)

summer beach bag 2014 Human Nature
forgive me for the lighting but aren't they pretty? ^_^
I certainly enjoy reading this kind of posts, and making one myself was actually fun! I hope you enjoyed reading. :) Care to share your summer must-haves? :)