Haircare

Pantene Advanced Keratin Conditioner & Marc Anthony Argan Oil Sulfate-Free Shampoo | Beef Up Those Strands Before Summer!

Here’s to stuff from the high-street grocery, S&R!  Before summer we like to start thinking in advance about how we’re going to stock up on skincare, moisturizers, sunscreen, gentle fake tan, tanning lotions and more.  A lot of the time we tend to lay aside the need to protect our hair, most especially if your strands are extra fragile due to color-treating.  Currently, yes, even with my short hair, I’ve been beefing my locks up with high-street grocery keratin infused haircare even before the main heat scorches the city this summer.  Keratin is the main  protein naturally found in human hair which is also the same strong protein that forms claws, feathers, hooves, and horns in animals as well.  So yes, it’s the tough stuff in your hair.

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Color treatments tend to strip the hair (I only have mine colored every 3 months) which is why hydrating and restorative aftercare while having color-treated hair is so important, especially when it comes to direct heat.  This is the dynamic haircare duo I’ve been looking to lately and they’re both from S&R Membership grocery…plus I can’t help but say even if they’re from different brands I love that they have a coordinating turquoise colorway, lol.  The Pantene Expert Collection Advanced Keratin Repair (whew) Conditioner (Made in the U.S.) and Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil (Keratin Infused) Sulfate-free (double whew) shampoo (Made in Canada).  What a mouthful between these two, I was just ’bout to pull my hair out while typing the post title.

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BLOB ON TOP : PANTENE Expert Collection Advanced+ Keratin Repair Conditioner (also has a shampoo, but not sulfate-free), Made in U.S., the Expert Collection range also has a purple variant in S&R which is the Age Defying Shampoo and Conditioner, whereas this one I’m featuring is a strengthening repair one the other variant is a more rejuvenating, nourishing one for dull hair.  This conditioner is thick and rich, almost like a paste which is indicative of the formula being so different from local conditioners, I coat my hair, massage it in and leave it for 3-4 minutes after my shampoo then rinse off.

Php550+ (currently -Php100+ on sale) 500ml jumbo size

 

BLOB BENEATH: MARC ANTHONY Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Sulfate-Free (Keratin Infused) Shampoo, Made in Canada, this also comes in a repairing Macadamia variant (sulfate-free also) in S&R.  Even if this is a sulfate-free shampoo this lathers up quite nicely but NOT at all like a high-powered detergent thankfully.

Php350+ , 250ml tube (more beach friendly)

Between the two, they’re not your bog-standard grocery shelf haircare products locally, I’m aware (don’t get me wrong I have a few bog standard grocery faves myself which work so well for the price) but you get a whole lot of product as you’ll see from the size comparison against my hand here, they’re huge, and considering their formulas are processed in better manufacturing locations (US and Canada) you know what you’re paying for.  They’re from S&R membership grocery which means they are more pricy than the items found in a regular supermarket BUT they’re both still way less expensive than if you chose to buy a salon-level Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner from a professional salon which would easily cost over Php1000 for each at sizes like this.  Both products leave my hair not limp with a bit more oomph and softness at the back and my head doesn’t get oily or flaky with these products.

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What I like about both is not only are they color-coordinated despite being different brands, but the scents blend beautifully together and they aren’t over-powering.  They’re the nicest fragrant high-street shampoo conditioner tandem I’ve come across.  The Pantene conditioner has a warm, super slightly sugary scent with a tart berry note but it’s done in a sophisticated way, not annoying…I could almost say the warmth in the Pantene conditioner scent is like fragrant treacle, the essence of something I’ve smelt from Haus of Gloi before…and don’t get me started on the shampoo, oh my.  The shampoo has a gentle…kind of super summery, non-annoying hint of sunblock with floral tones type of scent…it’s hard to describe, it’s like a coconut tinged scent with a sun-filled, sandy floral note….ugh I’m so not up to par on describing scents these days, help me Sali Hughes, LOL.  To round it all off I think if you’re not satisfied with what’s in your local supermarket but want to level up on haircare without burning holes in your wallet at the salon, try these from S&R membership shopping, if you’re not an S&R member it should be average-easy to find someone who might be.  S&R membership shopping is currently at BGCFort, another one near City of Dreams, Roxas Blvd., and in Alabang.


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PANTENE’s 3-Minute Miracle Loves My Hair | FREE Shipping via SampleroomPH Til Feb.4!

It takes a minimum of 3 minutes to completely tell your hair 3 words with one product, “I love you…”.  With the arrival of PANTENE’S NEW 3-Minute Miracle Total Damage Care treatment conditioner we’ve pretty much got our hair covered with love ’til summer hits!  I’ve tried this lovely stuff, it kinda smells of parma violets and mixed berries to me (a bit too sweet but fresh enough with that tart note).  While I have no tales to tell you about miraculous cascading hair flips I will say that I did get undeniably smoother softer hair on the first use with some surprising spring and lift at the roots of my pixie cut.    Short cuts gleam and get healthy and springy while long waves and curls will stun in the sun after being treated with this conditioner for sure.

 

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Awhile back, about 3 years ago, I remember reading my British friend Charlotte’s rave reaction post about a UK Pantene product called Colour Protect Colour Seal Concentrate (a treatment conditioner she put on and rinsed out after the standard shampoo/condie combo in the bath).  She said this in her blog post here  “I worked a blob of the new Pantene Colour Seal Concentrate through my hair last night after doing the usual shampoo/conditioner routine, left it on for 2/3 minutes and rinsed it out.  I went to bed with wet hair, fully expecting to regret my laziness the next morning and instead woke up to the softest, smoothest hair I can remember having.”  Since then I was hunting and waiting and waiting for a product like that to enter OUR local market.  I recall searching on ebay for the exact one she mentioned from the UK but it wasn’t available that time.  I highly believe Pantene’s 3MM conditioner may be the closest thing I can get to what she tried because results were evident overnight.

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Another way to use this stuff at the beach this coming summer is to slather it into your hair and scalp as a protectant while tanning, leave it in and head out!  Lie in the sun and have a sort of hot-oil treatment using this while you’re at the shore or in the pool before rinsing it off (back in your shower).  I’ve actually seriously rekindled an appreciation for Pantene haircare since late last year when I discovered that even if they were scented I didn’t itch.  I haven’t been allergic to the range they sent me before Christmas which is a wonderful thing. So first I got into their silicon-free and paraben-free Aqua Pure shampoo and conditioner which hello…got rid of my dandruff, and it isn’t even a dandruff shampoo.  The flakes probably meant I was dealing with sensitivity on the scalp because after I started using Pantene Aqua Pure that scalp problem almost completely disappeared.  At the same time I realized that Pantene’s Color and Perm conditioner which they also gave me was also great and also made my hair so silky after one use (probably also a close relative of the one Charlotte met).  Then in S&R Membership grocery weeks later after all that complimentary shampoo for review (seriously consider this girl with next to no hair feeling a major difference) I personally spotted another Pantene treasure, the shampoo/conditioner tandem called their Expert Collection Advanced Keratin+ range (formulated in Switzerland, made in the US) and yes finally purchased that for real because it was an ultimate find, even amidst all the free haircare…and that’s going to be a different post, folks.  Obviously, without a doubt I’ve currently switched over to Pantene haircare coz I’ve literally stopped scratching my head about the whole thing and am sincerely into their Pro-V power for my little locks right now.

 

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My Bath, Body, & Skincare Picks 2014

For a whole chunk of last year after Dad recovered from his stroke and when I got sick for a bit I sort of went on a beauty hiatus.  Then of course the holidays came and for most of the first 2 weeks of January I’ve been sick again with the flu that half the Philippines has right now  (tell me ’bout it, I called a friend and her officemate in the background was coughing).  It wasn’t a flat out choice that I made, beauty just wasn’t a main priority for a long while ’till just before Thanksgiving.  But we’re back and these were my bathroom and bedroom best from last year.

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So because I wasn’t so hyped up by beauty buzz for quite awhile I was reaching for things for my personal upkeep with less self-consciousness so to speak, but of course I still had my preferences and was happy to find my current signature fragrance in 2014.  The list is pretty pared down compared to like a year ago.  However I think you’ll like that most of them are readily available here in department stores or local groceries.  Click on to get the details.… To full post & COMMENTS...

My Macadamia Hair Treatment & A Giftpack Giveaway ‘Til July 31!

Ola, Ladies! Last June I was able to experience some of the new and lush Macadamia Natural Oil hair products offered in special service treatments via Piandre Salon. I attended the launch at the BGC High Street Branch.  By the way, at the end of this article join the Macadamia Muse Natural Oil giftpack giveaway, open ’til July 31 (mechanics below)!

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I’ve long been wanting to try Macadamia’s hair stuff to say the least but I just never really got around to exploring further into this haircare brand, so I was quite excited when they invited me over for a special day of hair nourishing and pampering, even if I don’t have as much hair to treat lol.

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  • For more information on Macadamia Natural Oil in the Philippines, you can visit our website at macadamiahair.com, or follow us on Instagram (@macadamiaphilippines) and Facebook (/macadamiaph). For more information on Piandre Salon, please visit piandresalon.com. Piandre Salon BGC is in Two Parkade, 30th St. corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.

The treatment I decided to go for was the The Damaged No More Treatment was a combination of the Deep Repair and Healing Oil Treatment, a quick fix for hair that’s dry, damaged, and chemically processed since my hair does have hair color. The treatment includes a delightful head and upper back massage. It began with an invigorating cleanse using the Macadamia Natural Oil Rejuvenating Shampoo (Color-safe, Sulfate-free, Paraben-free) and I must admit, I love how it smells.

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After the shampoo, they did not use regular conditioner (in above photo I was given the Moisturizing Rinse to review which is pretty much like one) but towelled my head off and brought me back to my seat to revel in the next step which is the 30min scalp massage for the application of the Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque (it isn’t a very wet or oily sort of masque, it’s more like a quick absorbing conditioner that can be massaged in). After the massage they finished off my hair with a quick thin layer of Macadamia Healing Oil, just a few drops. While I had less hair than everyone with my pixie cut my hair and scalp still felt revived by the whole treatment and I was more than glad to have had it. My hair though short had a supple finish and more spring back in the roots following the treatment, my hair didn’t feel color treated and dry, it felt once again like my hair before it was ever color-treated. I’ve no doubt the nourishing properties in Macadamia products have helped boost this effect and I would love to go back to experience the treatment again whenever I have a free moment and find myself nearby a Piandre salon.  Now for the GIVEAWAY MECHANICS!

You guys can also experience the magic of Macadamia Natural Oil as I am giving away two (2) Macadamia gift packs. Just follow the mechanics below:

  • 1. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @blessmybag
  • 2. Comment on this post with your answer to this question: Why is Macadamia Natural Oil perfect for your hair? (Don’t forget to include your full name, email, and Instagram username as well)”
Please note that the gift packs contain 1 travel size Macadamia Rejuvenating Shampoo and 1 travel size Macadamia Moisturizing Rinse Conditioner. Deadline of the contest may be until July 31, 2014. (PLEASE NOTE OPEN TO PHILIPPINE RESIDENTS ONLY.)… To full post & COMMENTS...

Back First With Some L’Oreal Ever Pure Haircare | Need a Moment to Breathe

The absentee beauty blogger is back! I’ve got lots coming up for you it’s just that it’s quite disorienting to be back and I’ve had to do a corporate makeup job the very next day with an early call time. I’m quite stretched to be honest and still reeling from jet lag and the whole trip, but guess what I’ve got a couple of goodies for you guys. I will mention one thing lightly, lots of the cosmetic drugstore stuff in the US can already be found here, not all but a lot, but their drugstores still rock the boat when it comes to haircare. Only one variant of Sulfate Free L’Oreal Ever Pure haircare is available locally (the one for straight hair) but naturally in the States they’ve got all variants. What’s lovely about the moisturizing type I got is it’s like a milder drugstore version of my favorite Pureology hydration range also under L’Oreal. Plus who can refuse being lathered in a Rosemary and Mint scent? It makes me feel like a lush lamb LOL. It lathers well despite being sulfate-free and is safe for colored hair. The shampoo and conditioning system together leaves my hair feeling fresh at the scalp and feeling like that smooth type of healthy. How my hair moves does not apply in this case, haha. Got this at Duane Reade, the 24-hr pharmacy chain by Walgreens available at almost every other block in the city I was at.

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I haven’t forgotten about the giveaway plus I have lots of great features in store for you to make up for this long hiatus. I did have my iPad with me on the trip but the situation was quite tight and packed full to the brim so I hardly had a moment to sit down and think. If you followed me on Instagram you must’ve kept up with me to some degree. Thanks for being understanding. I’ll catch up and make it up to you as soon as I can. Just know that tomorrow I’m flying out to Boracay for a wedding job naman, but will cart my technology along with me to try and keep you posted!… To full post & COMMENTS...

L’Oreal Playball Wax Smoothie Spray | On Its Way Out to Hair Heaven :(

“So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye…”   It absolutely pains me to say I found my holy grail styling product for my short pixie hair last November, it is L’Oreal Playball Wax Smoothie (Force 3) but it is soon leaving shelves for good, or so I was told.  I now have one of the 50ml travel size sprays but only because a friend wasn’t using it.  Before this product it was L’Oreal Elnett but the small spray sizes are inaccessible locally (in EU or UK only).  I love my short hair but I still deal daily with a horrible cowlick wave on the left side of my head (it starts at the root so it needs taming) and I was also getting somewhat envious of all these bloggers getting to play with these “lift” or texture sprays.  I needed and wanted a hairstyling product that worked for me, too!  Something to let static and baby hair know who’s boss, haha.  I didn’t manage to get a L’Oreal Wax Smoothie spray of my own at first, someone just let me test theirs at the time when I first tried it.  I was like “Omigosh, where did you get this?”.  I was put out after finding out from a friend and work colleague that this very wonder product (for me, not the rest of you with long hair probably) is being DISCONTINUED.  If you’re style-specific and need an innovative spray that gives the texture appearance and hold of clay or wax but applies as light as hairspray that’s exactly what this is.  A product this specific doesn’t come along every day.  Huhu…

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“L’Oréal Professionnel Play Ball Wax Smoothie Spray is a texturising spray wax that will help you to create unique and constructed styles.  It creates a medium hold and leaves hair smelling of pears.” It also leaves a nice non-greasy looking sheen and I can skip hair oil for shine on the special occasion days when I use this.

Showing sympathy my friend gave me his free sample (and he may have a few more hidden away somewhere I hope) because he never uses it on all the long-haired ladies he does hairstyling for.  With long hair it’s all about vavavoom volume and oomph but for my pixie hair I needed something extremely specific that did the exact opposite of all those lift and texturizing/volumizing sprays.

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It had to be something which kept lift from the roots at an attractive minimum, took care of wayward baby hair, and gave smoothing hold without sacrificing my haircut’s piece-y texture.   This does that all and not only that, it smells attractively of sweet pears.  I strategically spray it just where I need some targeted control.  I still work it through my hair with fingers after spraying but with this my hands don’t get all gummy.

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It isn’t your typical wax in a pot, it’s in an aerosol spray, this isn’t the full size it’s a deluxe 50ml travel size which I love.    This does the job of keeping volume at the roots down but not completely flat (so I don’t look like pomade came down on my head at 300kph), just down to just the right level while keeping the piece-y textured appearance of the haircut.  Regular wax is tolerable but ugh, I hate it on my fingers.  So, I wrote this review to try and feel better but now I think I’m a bit more depressed LOL.  Don’t concern yourselves I’ll manage.  L’Oreal, can you like not kill this…please?

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O Come Oil Ye Faithful… | The Return and Rise of Beauty Oils

The use of oil in the realm of beautifying dates back to ancient times.  The first perfumes and fragrances did not contain alcohol but were pure pressed essential oils and before there were souffle creams you could massage into your skin there were balms and ointments.

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L-R: Moringa O2 Malunggay Therapy Oil, Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate facial oil,Benefit Bathina Body Oil, Delon Coconut Oil Hair Treatment, Aromatherapy Associates Support Breathe Essence,

Oil is the purest concentrated essence that comes from certain natural origin.  Oil products are more highly appreciated in cold, dry countries for their ability to lock in moisture and retain softness in both hair and body.  What I’ve also discovered is the right facial oil also has the ability to calm down irritation and rebalance skin.  These are five of my favorite oils of the moment that each cater in a different way.  Read more to get my quick reviews on these 5 and prices, plus a quick Bible fact about oils and beauty!

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The Budget Hair Reboot | Human Nature Clarifying Shampoo + Organix Masque

We all need that turnaround point after hair has withered beneath the surfactants of shampoos and styling products. Wazzat? I heard “Hair is dead…” from somewhere in the back. I never said we needed to treat it with pity, but we sure do need to treat the surface (as we would a cuticle) it if you want to look good. Let’s be honest though…clarifying shampoos and treatments add significantly to cost. “Hair masques” or in our language “deep conditioners” can be expensive, but I’ve just tried a combination that I wouldn’t say is a “miracle tandem” but is quite effective and not too weighty on the wallet either. One of them is a brand new product I was sent.

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Organix Moroccan Argan Creme Sheer Opulence Hair Masque, Human Nature 100% Natural Clarifying Shampoo

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Key Ingredient Sources: Water, Coconut, Aloe, Sugarcane, Sugarbeet, Rice, Anise, NO SLS/SLES, ALS/ALES, PEGs, parabens, synthetic fragrances silicones or harmful chemicals PHP149.75

Who wouldn’t want to try a clarifying shampoo offering by Human Nature? The livelihood boosting brand has made a heartwarming footprint in the beauty industry delivering naturally derived, mild yet effective locally made products to people’s doorsteps. Their products are also available in select groceries like Rustan’s Fresh and in their various Human Nature outlets nationwide. They’ve now brought out a lovely clarifying shampoo free of nasties. I think it still contains some naturally derived sulfates so will have to double check if it is safe for colored hair, though I do almost believe it is because no SLS/SLES or ALS/ALES. I also think given the absence of nasties it would make a great children’s shampoo though it would be good to double check if it stings the eyes, it didn’t enter mine when I was showering, it might be a different case with long hair.

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Available from SM Watsons for Php449.50

This Argan Creme Sheer Opulence Masque by Organix is a good, rich, deep conditioner. The name is undeniably decadent but I think it was a bit of a stretch to call it a hair masque. Although Php450 is far from the price hike of a balmy Kerastase masque I still really wish this was a lot more like a masque (because it’s labeled as one) and a lot less like a conditioner. Human Nature do a nice avocado hair masque which I reviewed before and that really was what I expected it to be. I’m not completely let down with this though…it smells nice, mildly perfumed like sunny holiday with a non-sickly hint of coconut. I expect anything called a masque to be pasty thick, almost like body scrubs or an alternative example being gelato which forms peaks from density. It isn’t as thick like that…it’s got the soufflé texture of a local Cream Silk conditioner. It is a nice, nourishing Argan formula similar to the Delon conditioner I use daily, but a little more rich than that. This together with the Human Nature shampoo have given me a good hair reboot for the long weekend plus they don’t break the bank.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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