On Moving and Reverse Conditioning With L’Occitane Soothing Scalp Oil | The Pre-Shampoo Pamper

Lately, it seems I’ve been getting my oil game on and I’m posting today about this particular product because I really like it even if I’ve only used it once.  L’Occitane’s soothing scalp oil is not JUST another hair oil…it’s a pre-shampoo conditioning hair oil that soaks and soothes the scalp and it rinses out wonderfully.  Highlighting the difference of conditioning pre-shampoo is what I shall do shortly. 

“Designed for dry to sensitive scalp, this pre-shampoo treatment combines soothing calendula extract with a 5 essential oil anti-breakage complex to comfort the scalp and help reduce feelings of tightness and discomfort. Rich in sweet almond, jojoba and grapeseed oils, it hydrates the scalp without leaving a greasy residue.”


*Ingredient from Organic Farming. 

**Natural origin ingredients. 

Available for Php2100 at RUSTAN’s beauty source and L’Occitane Central Square BGC

The way it works is you apply drippings of this at the very roots of your hair on your scalp before you shampoo your hair, not after.  No need to pour tons of it…the dropper does a good job and the oil blend itself is easy to spread even with small amounts.  The first part of the experience is the soothing soak that the oil imparts to the scalp.  Give yourself a good massage as well while you’re in this stage.  Between the end of summer and the arrival of the -Ber months I often get flaky and itchy.  My scalp just doesn’t appreciate the shift in climate so this product was a welcome relief.   

The added delight after you condition is the rinse. You would think an oil product would go against you in matters of rinsing…but this lovely lavender scented product works with you and emulsifies, allowing you to rinse cleanly while leaving behind soft shine and nourishing hydration. What’s nice about conditioning prior to shampooing with an oil is 1. It feels Royal and 2. the scalp benefits from a proper rinse but an oil conditions more deeply so whatever is left behind ought to be beneficial.

On the life update I have filmed a new video (a first impressions one) but my brother and I are pretty much on the last leg of our move to Quezon City, and I still do not have a functioning laptop of my own.  We haven’t had our first night over at our new place because there’s that last push of stuff we need to have with us and my brother got sick. We’re not moving into a “shiny new” condo. Together with my mother’s support we had refurbished an initially slightly shabby, long-unused but well-suited space.  

Sorry, for now this is the only photo I’ve taken from inside of our little urban corner…proving how to-and-fro it’s been this entire week.  Free range large premium, brown, and salted eggs for real.  Copper sprayed basket from H&M Home (I figure I could have actually DIYed this…but I was gifted an H&M debit card, the end LOL). 

A friend’s carpenter did a great job on making it new-ish and listened to me well. Two small rooms joined by a central dining and kitchen area that has no sink of its own nor a bathroom of its own. We will have to share a common bathroom with the boarders, or use our cousin’s once in awhile. It’s pretty much a cozy dorm-like situation and we are grateful for the fact that the rooms we are renting are care of family. So despite the fact that there are unknown boarders on site, we know we are loved and safe and we like the challenge of making a small unexpected space look cozy and modern without breaking the bank on new furniture and stuff (post on that soon).  So, here I am propped up on my bed with my cat for what could almost be my last regular night in leafy Laguna paradise.  

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NUXE Skincare is Here! Touchdown MNL

A truly touch-y, feel-y event it was…after having the arrival of skincare brand NUXE Paris sneak up on us out of nowhere.  The air at the Peninsula conservatory was positively laced by the aroma of candles carrying the unmistakable scent of their star product, the Huile Prodigieuse dry oil…which I did mental somersaults over following the event because I had discovered it for the first time.  Could something quite reasonably priced really smell this good and feel that way over the skin?  Oui, apparently.    

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil:  

Face, Body and Hair

“Huile Prodigieuse is France’s leading beauty oil*.  This multi-usage dry oil, made using six Precious Plant Oils (Macadamia, Hazelnut, Borage, Sweet Almond, Camellia and St. John’s Wort), nourishes, repairs and softens skin and hair.  It is a unique dry oil texture and has a captivating fragrance.”

 Php1700+ for 100ml, Php900+ for 50ml (spray pump only on 100ml). 
NOW AVAILABLE at Rustan’s and Beauty Bar outlets.

I remember first learning about NUXE from YouTuber Ruth Crilly and Makeup Pro Lisa Eldridge.  Albeit a reasonably priced French pharmacy staple it was still often described as something many European models had on hand and could whip out for quick fixes, an overnight pamper,and a nourishing glow whether on face, hair, or body.  There is a shimmery golden version for summer shoulders and legs with a bit of sheen.  Oh, and by the way…NUXE kind of do a lot of good with varying products for different skin needs and what I love about Rustan’s is…they practically brought nearly everything in.  The topmost thing about this oil for me…even above how it softens skin is the warm but not at all sickening romantic scent.  Think in the same vein as Benefit Bathina oil but less pink and flirty, this is more sophisticated, grown-up but not old, alluring warm notes without the muskiness.  The scent makes me think of lightly toasted blossoms (that’s us right, lol) by the beach.  It should layer well as a base under scents I love like Elie Saab Le Parfum and Miss Dior.  I can sense that many husbands would probably love this simple yet deep scent on their lady beside them in bed (it’s the type you’d love to have left lingering on your pillow).  I typed back to Cat Juan Ledesma when she asked me about the scent out of curiosity…it’s subtle but there, warm but not sickening.  I actually feel this could be my “autumn” scent even if we don’t have autumn…or used as a fragrance booster to warm up Elie Saab once I have it again.


The nourishing hydration this provides leaves no greasy finish and leaves you feeling sublimely royal especially after using it overnight.  I’ve even used it on the face and it’s so gentle that I got no bad reaction…only softly nourished skin that didn’t feel heavy the next day.  You can do the pre-blow dry spritz, rub this into your arms and legs, or even combine the NUXE Reve de Miel lip balm with the Prodigieuse oil to create an overnight lip mask that really resurrects those chapped pouts, I tried the oil solo on my lips and am so excited to do it every night before bed for as long as I can. 

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The Quick Nail “File” | Barry M Speedy Nail Paint in EAT MY DUST

There was one very dainty and small British item that was top of mind even way before my UK holiday over a week ago.  When my aunt brought my cousin there to enroll her over a month ago I asked if she could bring this back for me but being pressed for time she was unable to.  Of course at the time before I was able to finally pick up my own Barry M polish in the popping pastel “EAT MY DUST” I had NO IDEA I would suddenly be whisked off to London.  With this baby bit I was only set back a couple of sterling £3-4 GBP to be exact.  I’ve been thinking about this polish ever since Anna of Vivianna Does Makeup waved those polished fingers in YouTube.

3 coats of Barry M Speedy Nail Paint in EAT MY DUST, no top coat

The formula at first doesn’t seem to impress immediately however, it has a trick.  First coat will be ugly, next two coats slightly streaky but once it begins to dry, a multitude of sins like nicks you made during application, streaks, ridges even disappear once it’s completely dry.  The shade is not just any baby blue…it has an extremely subtle fluorescent periwinkle undertone more evident in the bottle and under certain light.  It’s a light and happy shade, I’m glad I picked it up.  It’s available from Boots pharmacy and Superdrug plus, I suspect, local Instagram stockists online.… To full post & COMMENTS...

When a Favorite Fragrance Brings Back a Sad Season

Fragrance can be a notorious fiend for memories.  I’m highly against being a pessimist if I can help it, but there are few honest moments I can share.  I doubt it’s happened to many of you but has it ever happened that upon finding what you believe is your signature scent a series of sad incidents suddenly snowballed following its entry in your life?  That was my story.  To put it plain, I love Elie Saab Le Parfum.  It’s grown up but not old…and feminine but not flirty.  To this day no other scent compares to how it suits this old soul.  I ran out several months back and haven’t topped up just yet because of budget cuts but I keenly intended to…that is until I caught a whiff, and suddenly some memories that had cleared the runway for ages came rushing back.  So I thought…I’m certainly not going to replace my signature scent with something new (this really smells that good) but buying a new bottle of this can wait I feel…some things just still pinch a bit too much for comfort.   

It fills my head and takes me back.  Some things don’t need to change…but things can wait.  Perfume is a thing…perfume can wait.  Hearts require all the time they need.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Browhaus HD Waterproof Mascara | Real-looking Boosted Lashes

There are mascaras and then there are MASCARAS, if you know what I mean.  This is the first time that I’ve tried a proprietary product of a brand service.  Without a doubt, here in the Philippines, Browhaus is your trusted brow authority.  The U.S. has Anastasia and we’ve got Browhaus.  Before brides get hitched and if they happen to be particular about their brows they schedule an appointment with Browhaus.  They offer various services from brow reconstruction which involves grooming, definition with makeup application, and other special professional methods to achieve beautifully amplified but natural looking brows.  Their HD waterproof mascara product is not new, in fact, shame on me, I was tapped like around 2 years ago as a blogger to pick this up to try and review…but at that time I was so busy with other things that I didn’t get around to passing by Serendra.  I remember texting apology upon apology about not being able to pass by.  Then I forgot about it. Well, while on a stroll in Serendra I picked their lovely mascara up (properly so, at my expense) I also wanted to pick up one of their brow pencils but they were out of stock.  


It’s not a cheap mascara, understandably so being a specially formulated as a hands-on proprietary product. It’s about mid-range to high-end at Php998. However, it performs like crazy and holds curl up.  Read more and continue to the full post to see before and after shots.  … To full post & COMMENTS...

New Beauty Stuff YouTube Video x An Actual Tutorial

After 3 whole weeks, I finally almost sort of get the vlogging setup I’ve always dreamed of.  I overhauled my bedroom, got an affordable desk, and all that made filming in my safe and comfy zone rather than in our living room way more possible and picturesque!  Watch the video here or in the player below this image.  I will post the list of products but I’ll edit that in tomorrow morning because I am falling asleep right as I type this.  The products are mentioned and typed into the video.


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Department Store Makeup Sneak Peek | The Evening Look, Next Video’s Teaser

I’ve been having laptop problems guys, that’s what’s been up.  I tell you if it’s not one thing it’s something else.  Before it used to be about not having the right lens…now that I’m all set up for video it feels like my laptop is about to exit stage left.  It doesn’t want to turn on.  This is my iPad.  I’m glad I managed to email myself a couple of photos from the day’s shoot.  Ironically this shoot isn’t going up because I was too tense and the lighting sucked so it needs to be reshot.  A saleslady also made the mistake of pointing out the wrong powder to me…the powder was ok for another test but it wasn’t the exact same powder Fanny Serrano had used wet in his exclusive session with me and another makeup friend.  Today is just a teaser post.  I’m going to reshoot this look as a video tutorial where I use department store/ drugstore makeup items to prove it’s not always the products causing you to “sin” against your face and make you look cheap.  It’s about choosing the right shades and honing some technique with daily relaxed practice.   


Makeover lipstick in Niagara, Flormar terra-cotta eye shadow M110, Fanny Serrano Gel Eyeliner, MAKE UP FOR EVER 2s brush, Pixy volumizing waterproof mascara. (Pixy Japan), Ellana Minerals concealer powder in radiant  

 As you can see… I’ve also been having more fun with the new lens. If you see an eensy-weensy smudge by the eye, guess what, I’m human and I corrected my overdrawn eyeliner. I’m only too glad the original flick out held together and I just made it smaller.  Keep your eyes peeled for the next part, next time which is the actual video.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Antipodes Arrives in Manila | Get Middle-Earth On Your Skin

I first spied cruelty-free naturals brand Antipodes on Estée’s essiebutton channel.  She was genuinely smitten by the scent and benefits of their Vanilla Pod Day Cream.  I never ever thought I’d get a local opportunity to review botanically potent Antipodes natural cosmetics from New Zealand, but I’m ever so glad I thought wrong thanks to a lovely referral to its local distributors.  In regular and online retail, a great local team called Wellness Connect NZ has brought Antipodes in through their store in SM North Edsa, they also have a Wellness Connect NZ Facebook page.  A little bird told me this might also soon be available via Glamourbox.  


The New Zealand borne range has won a number of awards, multiple times, particularly for advanced research in cosmetic blends with the use of natural ingredients. Plus, just when you thought it couldn’t get more ideal the product names are somewhat spiritually themed, (words like “Worship”, “Hallelujah”, “Hosanna”, “Rejoice!”, “Joyful” and even “Apostle” are worn by some best-sellers), they sport green labels in apothecary packaging which echoes Aesop, and hail literally from “Middle Earth”. Swish and stare. Legolas just did a hair flip.    Click through to the full post to learn more, read my first impressions, and get access to direct local retail links.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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