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.
Organix Moroccan Argan Creme Sheer Opulence Hair Masque, Human Nature 100% Natural Clarifying Shampoo
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.
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.
I don’t have a shelved and inventoried stockpile of products sitting in a titanium lined bomb shelter, but I do have a number of specific items I can count on one hand (minus the foundation because that makes 6 lol) that I do not like running out of. They’re not at all last season’s embossed makeup palettes but they do belong in a beauty blog and have more meaningful functions in my life. Prepping is on everyone’s mind now and relevantly speaking I do go through these like the Shinkansen and nobody’s business. I’ve placed the nearly empty ones in front in case you can notice the difference at all. The only thing I wouldn’t say is not nearly empty is my Earl Grey Hurraw vegan lip balm which is approaching halfway and my Shiseido foundation.
Delon Argan Oil Conditioner (S&R Membership Shopping grocery), Le Couvent Des Minime Gentle Cleansing Milk (currently 30% off at SM Watsons beauty floors…), J&C Super Clean Solutions Makeup Brush spray (contains alcohol), Dr. Woods Liquid Castile Soap w/ Shea Butter (for deep shampooing makeup brushes), Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation, Hurraw Earl Grey Lip Balm
Stories about acquiring the backups and the reasons behind them are more interesting I think than the backups themselves, they prove their worth (for individual reviews I’ve done click on the product names). These were “stockpiled” randomly over the last 4 months.
The Delon Argan Oil Conditioner I actually did not stock up on at S&R the first time when I believed stocking up was sort of pretentious and when I ran out it was temporarily GONE from S&R for months and I blamed myself daily, it’s the only conditioner that actually makes me feel that it really contains Argan Oil plus it emulsifies a little bit and rinses leaving that healthy glow or sheen my dull hair craves for. Then mom spotted the conditioner again at S&R a few grocery stops ago and she got me four bottles plus one for herself.
The Le Couvent Des Minime Gentle Cleansing Milk I’ve just really run out of words for, it’s such a comforting soothing cleanser with rose botanicals that doesn’t foam, doesn’t have mineral oil, but still removes makeup while it cleanses (except waterproof mascara). I have this bad feeling that people aren’t noticing this L’Occitane sister brand as much as they should in the SM watsons beauty halls, please help them do well so that this brand stays here LOL!! I don’t want them pulling out any time soon, don’t give me more reasons to stock up, lol.
As I mentioned in my last post for the J&C Super Clean Solutions Makeup Brush Spray I found the perfect opportunity to stock up when I ran out. I checked with the team that works it out last July 28, apparently they were going to have a price increase come August so I decided to get two bottles while it was still Php395, it now retails for Php595. It takes about 4-5months for me to get through one. If you’re looking for an alcohol-free brush cleansing spray a reader of mine named Soleil just mentioned the Ellana Brush Cleanser…which I’m also keen to try.
The Dr. Woods liquid Castile soap from HEALTHY OPTIONS is pretty much an all-around sort of product safe to use for people and general cleaning but I buy it primarily to shampoo my makeup brushes. Two overflowing caps to a cup of water is the ratio that works for me then just repeat the amount if you need more of the solution. Dip, swirl, and lather up your brushes with it on your hand, repeating till the lather is white then rinse thoroughly. It’s a good and sufficient Dr. Bronner’s dupe and is safe to use on yourself as well as your brushes. My favorite variant for brushes is the peppermint one but I love that they have an unscented BABY version for people with sensitive skin who need their brushes to be completely free of any possible irritants. The tea tree variant I’ve not opened yet but have on hand should be good for keeping germs and bacteria at a minimum. I do recommend you use this and NOT Joy Antibac detergent as I previously recommended (Joy didn’t break me out but broke someone else out) to ensure skin safety.
On the Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation there is no need to say much because I’ve already reviewed it. It’s a favorite and the one I reach for the most currently. The backup story of this has sort of a twist because I really got one more in a shade darker because I accidentally tanned (waking up late by a bedroom window where the sun rises). I then realized I was slowly running out of the first lighter shade I had, right now I’ve been mixing the two as I slowly lose my tan.
And last but not the least, my soooo affordably luxurious Hurraw Earl Grey Lip Balm available from Cutieverse.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information (if I’m not mistaken these are already retailing at Beyond Yoga BGC fort). Since I was contacted to review the products originally I shamelessly asked if I could have a backup of Earl Grey and Cutieverse were glad to supply my Earl Grey fix. I keep reaching for it and when I can’t find it in my bag I feel a little incomplete without it. The Hurraw Earl Grey scent and flavor is just so comforting and there are not enough words to describe how perfect the texture is for a cold-pressed vegan lip balm. It tops any other pocketable balms I’ve tried so far.
That pretty much sums up the stuff I have backups for. One thing you can never have a backup for though is the people you love, you need to be with them while they exist and spread the truth about love with others. More than anything I think that’s what really matters should we begin talking about expiration dates and human existence, because time running out is real.
Steve Carell, Keira Knightley – Seeking a Friend for the End of the world
Sentiment aside, is there anything you kind of stock up on in particular whether from the grocery, from a makeup boutique, or something from abroad? I’m really interested to hear about what you guys like to have on hand. Tell me in the comments if you feel like it.
What rocks this nationwide (Philippines only) UK beauty giveaway is it is a leap forward into spring (globally niweiz), it will blind you with coral pink, and frankly these bits of beauty aren’t readily available in retail here. I still haven’t made up my mind on whether I should sneak in past all of you and join in myself under an alias LOL (I kid alright).
- Soap & Glory Pulp Friction Body Scrub 250ml £8.00
- L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray (Extra Strength) travel size 75ml £2.39
- Jo Malone Travel Candle(Lime Basil & Mandarin) 60g £22.00
- Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Lacquer (Stellar) 5.5ml £5.99
- Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, (Medium3 /MAC NC30) £4.19
- Maybelline SuperStay 14-hr Lipstick (Stay With Me Coral)
- L’Oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara WP (Black) £10.99
- Givenchy Bloom Compact Mirror, w/ red velvet sleeve (gift w/ purchase)
All this stuff is seriously soooo hard to give away. To join simply follow the instructions given by the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this post, there are 3 required actions and 1 bonus action for more entry points. In the meantime click Read More to jump to close-up photos of the prizes and what I know about the praises sung of them. The trivia about a couple of these is quite compelling. The Rafflecopter mechanics follow immediately after.
Ok, a round of applause for my first heat styling tool for hair ever at a time when I’ve had the… least…amount…of hair…ever, in my grownup life. So, why now? I’m planning to grow out my hair once the monsoon months roll in mid-year, yes a time when people don’t visit or see each other. I saw just the exact thing I needed months back when one of my hairstylist partners, Tricia, was using what was simply a mini flat iron on a more mature client with curly cropped hair. It wasn’t this same one, but something like it. Both she and EddieMar, my other hairstylist partner (who has only done Leighton Meester, Zac Efron, and Ian Somerhalder when they were here) highly recommended purchasing Babyliss heat styling tools from Landmark. I was also recently sent Pro Style Fuwarie Straight styling mist, a product used on hair for heat styling.
This is such a bargain, to begin with it has the dual function of curling and straightening. The length of this mini Babyliss styling iron is about 6.5-7 inches, I don’t have huge hands. What’s great about this is apart from the size it’s voltage ready for either 110 or 220, so you needn’t worry about it short-circuiting on you. It works for both. The catch for a small tool is there’s only an on/off switch, in other words just 1 heat setting…but it heats up in 20 seconds and it’s very hot. I singed my finger when checking ‘coz i didnt believe it would be hot that quick (smart)! I needed a heat styling tool on hand but obviously not a huge one, something smaller that could style or tame hair that’s closer to the scalp, when the grown out hair begins looking horrendous with wispy flyaways etc, I wanted to be sure I was armed during that dreaded IN-BETWEEN stage of growth after summer before the holiday season. Read more to see me test this one out with Fuwarie Styling Mist.
So I’ve run out of whatever haircare I’ve mentioned in the past and have moved on to new stuff, and they’re all locally available and all under Php200 each. What you’re looking at is not Moroccan Oil haircare. To END the confusion Moroccan Oil (brand name) is the top selling A-list brand of Argan oil infused beauty products. This Argan oil infused hair pair is by Delon, a cruelty-free Canadian brand manufactured in Canada. You can’t go wrong with something manufactured in Canada, that was the birthplace of MAC Cosmetics and you know how high 1st world Canadian standards are. I know the amber + aquamarine colorway of these ring a bell, yes they contain Argan oil but not by Moroccan Oil. This rich duo of bargain haircare impressed me for the price at S&R Pricemart grocery. The scent of these products is great for upcoming summertime as well, it’s a bright and fresh but not annoyingly zesty Mandarin orange sort of scent with a bit of honey…I think, that’s what comes to mind, anyway. I can’t confirm if the notes are true orange notes, but they’re certainly citrus.
Key Ingredients: SHAMPOO – Argan Oil & Shea Butter, CONDITIONER – Argan Oil & Jojoba Extract
“Salon quality intensive hair treatment for extreme conditioning requirements. Our extra rich formula is enriched with argan oil (Argania Spinosa), which comes from the argan tree found in Morocco. The oil derived from the nut of this tree is extremely nutritious and ideal for strengthening and enhancing dry hair.”
Both the shampoo and conditioner cost Php129.00 each for a full 354ml each and I like that the bottle is clear enough so you can see how full it is…or eventually how much is left. I actually think these are sale prices because off Amazon these By Delon products cost $8 USD each which is about Php320.00, so just be aware of the full price. The shampoo foams up nicely but not OVERLY so so you know that it’s a milder brand with less chemicals. I checked and there are no parabens either. The WINNER for me however is the conditioner, when you apply it you can absolutely feel that it’s a rich, nourishing conditioner that contains natural oil because of the more organic slip when you massage your hair through with fingers. My pixie hair, short as it is, displays the effects of the conditioner which are added shine and softly hydrated locks. If you view the ingredients list the Delon conditioner contains more Argan oil (Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil) than the shampoo because Argan oil comes in 4th on the list (which means the conditioner contains a very good amount) while in the shampoo it is 9th on the list. What’s great for the price as well is indicated by the “from opening” symbol (beside the bunny) which indicates “36M” meaning it will be good for 36 months or 3 years from opening (and to think it’s paraben-free). For those with color treated hair, unfortunately the shampoo isn’t SLS free. I’m using it because I’m quite due for color retouch in a week anyway. This next shampoo which I use to cleanse is also from the grocery (Makati Supermart Alabang) and this is what I use if I’m maintaining color (when newly retouched) giving my hair and scalp a mild reset.
“Non-irritating, free of allergens, dyes, sulfates, dermatologist tested.”
I was so glad to find this Php188.00 SLS-free shampoo by Finesse at a regular grocery (Makati Supermart), you can also try Rustan’s Fresh or Landmark which may carry this. The Clean + Simple Hypoallergenic range also has a conditioner, I have it also but it’s not something to rave about, unlike this shampoo. It’s lightly scented. It smells clean, like super duper clean (with signature Finesse notes) and just refreshes hair that’s been weighed down by lots of product or other haircare items. so about once a week I use this to give my hair a reset. I find the Neutrogena cleansing shampoo that everyone knows about quite expensive even though I like it (its great especially if you have a bad case of pool hair) and I just ran out of my color-preserving sulfate-free shampoos which were sent to me in the past by both Pureology and Kerastase. While I loved those premium quality SLS free shampoos they’re sadly too steep in price and I don’t want to spend BIG money on SLS free shampoos to preserve color when I have pixie hair this short. It’s just not cost efficient. This does the job of cleansing and at the same time it’s safe for color treated hair. So that’s my haircare crew at the moment. I’ve stepped away from pampering hair masques and expensive OTT treatments just because I haven’t got a whole lot of hair yet. These do the job for now.