Sunday, February 7, 2016

Zenutrients Luxurious Goat's Milk and Oatmeal Body Scrub

Hey guys!

It's a long weekend for me because of the Chinese New Year celebration in the next couple of days. Yayyy! As usual, I will spend some of my free time to pamper my skin (while doing some chores LOL). One of the things I do is to exfoliate twice a week to get rid of dry, flaky skin, dead skin cells, and dirt. It also helps in making things easier when it comes to taking care of those nasty ingrown hairs I get because of waxing.

I've used many scrubs now and the one I'm currently using is...

Zenutrients Luxurious Goat's Milk and Oatmeal Body Scrub
PhP 234.00
This one is 100g. It also comes in a 300g which costs PhP 390.00

It's housed in this simple clear tub. You get a glimpse on the color and the scrubs. I already have a clue on the creaminess as well as how the scrubs would feel on my skin. 
As a person who graduated from Fine Arts and Design in college, I have to comment that the design isn't really that... appealing to me. I expected more from Zenutrients since it has been around for a while and has been expanding their physical as well as online stores around the country. But I guess if they are getting enough sales, then why spend more? Haha! Anyway, I just like seeing pretty stuff. :P

At the side of the tub you'll see the labels containing important infos like manufacturing and expiration dates, ingredients lists, and the instructions on how to use.

Here's the info from the website:
Indulge skin with this lactose, vitamin A, B12 and D treat.

That info is pretty short so here's more from BeautyMNL's site:

CLAIM TO FAME: A deliciously indulgent formula blended with gentle exfoliators that smooth and soothe dry or flaky skin

FAST FACTS: Certified organic formula; packed with crushed oats and creamy goat’s milk; filled with vitamins A, B12, and D; indulges skin with moisture-rich lactose; leaves skin feeling softer and smoother with regular use

PERFECT FOR: Drought-prone areas like elbows and knees


How to Use: Apply to damp skin while in the shower. Rinse thoroughly. Can be used two to three times a week. Use only one drop for exfoliating the face once a week.

About the Brand: Don’t panic, it’s organic! All-natural, non-allergenic, and of premium quality — that’s what Zenutrients promises with every product. What started in 2007 as a way to create skincare items that addressed the needs of people with allergies and sensitive skin has now become a well-loved brand with a line of delectably pure products for your every need. Each of their offerings is specifically handcrafted to be nothing but good to your skin — so you won’t need to do anything but use them knowing that your skin is in the best of hands.


As stated in the "How to" part, I use this twice a week. I usually apply it on my elbows, knees, and legs. I don't use it on my face as I have a different product for that. Although this scrub is good for facial use as recommended on the info, but only once a week.


What made me buy this, aside from the fact that I regularly exfoliate, is that it smells so wonderfully delicious! I love milk products, especially when they smell sweet and creamy and the scent of this one is just that! It makes my bath time a treat!


The apricot scrubs are mild that it won't scratch your skin, but still exfoliates well. I do like my scrubs on the legs a little more gritty though to help free the ingrown hairs when I have them. If you do not suffer from the "ingrown problems" then I'm sure you'll enjoy using this scrub as much as I do.

The creaminess of it also left my skin soft so even though I exfoliated and gotten rid of those extra things like dirt, dry skin, and excess oil, my skin felt soft and smooth.

I like it but I still prefer grittier scrubs. The price is affordable but I know some scrubs that are cheaper but perform pretty much the same. Still, I would recommend this if you're looking for a gentle scrub you can use. I also would recommend it just because of how amazing it smells! Haha! 

Have you tried this product yet? Do you also love the scent? What about its performance?


Cheers,
DAWN

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Body Shop Indian Night Jasmine Eau de Toilette

Hey dears!

What I smell influences my mood pretty easily. I get pissed off when I smell cigarette smoke or piles of trash, and I feel really good whenever I smell something floral and fresh. I like spraying room fragrances or lighting up some essential oils for a good night sleep and I make sure that I spray cologne or perfume when I go out. Smelling good just lifts my mood!

I think I have shared before that I'm not into fruity scents. I like florals, vanillas, and musky scents... and look at what The Body Shop has here...

The Body Shop Indian Night Jasmine Eau de Toilette

This bottle was actually a gift. It's one of the more recently released scents of the brand. 

Anyway, let's see the details from the labels:

And here's the info from the website:

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Sophisticated and opulent, the Indian Night Jasmine Eau De Toilette will scent your skin with rich, floral fragrance. Jasmine originates from India, where it has been used for centuries to produce some of the most valuable oils around the world. At night, jasmine exhales its headiest scent and we capture this aroma in our pure extract by hand-picking blossoms just before sunrise. Discover your perfect fragrance with our Fragrance Finder.
  • Oriental scent
  • Layer with the Indian Night Jasmine Body Lotion to build the fragrance
  • Enriched with Community Fair Trade Organic Alcohol from Ecuador

Organic Alcohol
Our Community Fair Trade organic alcohol is handmade from sugar cane by the 200 farmers of the Consorcio Agro-artesanal Dulce Organico (CADO), in Cotopaxi, Ecuador. The organic sugar cane here produces a pure high quality alcohol that is perfect for our fragrances, and our trade supports CADO in its aim to give its members “a chance to fight poverty without losing their traditional way of life or destroying the environment”.


FULL INGREDIENTS
Alcohol Denat. (Solvent), Aqua/Water/Eau (Solvent), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone (Fragrance Ingredient), t-Butyl Alcohol (Denaturant), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Salicylate (Fragrance Ingredient), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Hydroxycitronellal (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Benzoate (Fragrance Ingredient), Denatonium Benzoate (Denaturant).


I like that this bottle is 50ml and is easy to carry when traveling. The glass bottle is pretty thick too but can be a bit heavy for its size. 

Remember the three scents I like? Well, let's just say that this fragrance are all three—it's floral, musky, and infused with vanilla. The vanilla part is not very obvious but there's this sweetness to this scent that is present. At first, you get the sweet fragrance then it becomes musky and I can really smell the hint of sandalwood that reminds me of the  sandalwood fragrance oil that my mom bought when she went to Israel (or was it Jordan?).


I still consider the scent pretty light and I like wearing this during day time. This is eau de toilette so I didn't really expect a whole day lasting power. I had to re-spray again after 4-6 hours and every spray is always a treat for me.

What I like about this fragrance is that its something that is not very common so it really made an impression on me. It easily became another favorite scent from The Body Shop along with their Moringa, Vanilla, Fijian Water Lotus, and Brazil Nut. I'm sure to get a new bottle when I ran out of this.

Have you smelled any product from the Indian Night Jasmine range from The Body Shop? What are your thoughts?


Cheers,
DAWN



Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Cream Silk Transformations: Spotlight on the #ModernFilipina

Good evening ladies,

I am in a bit of a transition in life. For four years I was reared to be a clinician by my alma mater and immediately after passing my boards, I decided to not get into residency and to become a researcher doctor. It was a big change and I had no idea where to start. So like all big changes in my life, I start with getting my hair done. I think all women tend to do this as well and that is why Cream Silk has made this as it's new campaign.


Last January 23, Cream Silk launched: Cream Silk Transformations: Spotlight on the #ModernFilipina. It was a whole afternoon dedicated to women who have constantly challenged themselves from being good to great. Cream Silk collaborated with the country's top magazines - Cosmopolitan, Meg, MEGA, Metro, Preview, and Yes! - and offered a variety of activities that empowered the attendees and ready them for the transformations they plan on making. There were different workshops and talks at each booth, and different activities which highlighted diversity that is the #ModernFilipina.


I was happy enough to share the day with fellow Modern Filipinas, Erika, Helen, and Gen-zel! It was my first really big event so it's great to have a great company to shake of the first-time jitters.



The first booth that we went to was from Meg. They gave us a chance to express our inner artistic self. The instruction was to draw how we do our everyday make-up. I'm not that very experimental when it comes to make-up so I basically went neutral. I know Dawn would have loved the whole activity and would have made a super artsy make-up. But anyway, after we saw Erika draw hair on hers, we kind of wanted ours to have hair as well. See how they look so similar to us with hair on? Can you guess who these belong to?


Afterwards, Meg gave us a BYS loot bag and a copy of their December to January issue.


Next booth which we were able to catch up to was Mega, and they were doing some fashion tips, dressing up your look with accessories (to be more precise). They called in volunteers to try and dress up their current look.


After the demo and tips, they gave out a copy of their magazine and L'Occitane deluxe samples.


We circled around other booths but only caught up with a few. Cosmopolitan gave a talk on what to save and what to splurge and also an inspirational talk about taking risks for the things you value.


At the Cream Silk lounge guests completed the experience through hair transformations. To demonstrate that only Cream Silk can transform any hair problem to beyond beautiful, hair experts assessed hair needs and recommended the best styles to highlight assets.





The booth also featured a mini salon by Blo, where the guest could get their hair done in their style of choice. Judging by the length of the line, women really do start embracing change by transforming their hair.



As a fitting and grand finale, the audience was treated to the first ever live cover shoot experience to unveil the new roster of Cream Silk Modern Filipinas. Cream Silk and the top magazines styled and photographed the newest endorsers on stage, in front of event attendees.  Joining Heart Evangelista on the covers of the publications’ March issues are the country’s leading ladies Nadine Lustre, Coleen Garcia, Julie Anne San Jose, Rachelle Ann Go and Yassi Pressman, who have all embarked on their own journeys of transformations.  

While waiting for the grand finale, Helen and I decided to get our hair done.


Here is our transformed Modern Filipina look. What do you think?


To add, to the already impressive line up, Cream Silk also welcomed home Pia Wurtzbach, on her first Philippine appearance as Ms. Universe. Pia epitomizes the most inspiring transformation of the Modern Filipina yet, set to conquer the universe! With a beauty that inspires, determined to realize her dreams, she has come back to make her positive mark in the world, taking her well deserved walk at Cream Silk’s event.

And to help us start with our transformations, or keep at them, Cream Silk has given us full sizes of their products to answer all our hair needs.


They also threw in a gift cheque for Blo.


Join Cream Silk and these Modern Filipinas in inspiring  and empowering others to experience their own transformations. Share your own experience on social media by posting “One of my #CreamSilkTranformations in 2016 is to___________.”

Cheers,
LIZ

Monday, February 1, 2016

My First BeatyMNL Purchase

Hello guys!

I've been feeling down lately. I'm currently lost when it comes to my thesis and it's really stressing me out. Anyway, just so I can feel a little better, I decided to take advantage of BeautyMNL's Big Brand Sale and bought some items. :)

It was the last day of the sale and BeautyMNL has some items that I really wanted to try. What's even better is that it was on sale. I just thought that if I were to splurge, at least I got a good deal out of them. 

And so, I bought some awesome stuff, which I will be sharing with you. Almost everything here was on sale. Yay! And what's even more awesome is that the package arrived in less than 24 hours! I ordered yesterday (Sunday) and paid via paypal and the package arrived today (Monday). Everything was in good condition and neatly wrapped. I'm very impressed with BeautyMNL's service.


It was even in a box and there were enough fillers inside so the products wouldn't get damaged. The box actually arrived covered with shrink wrap and tape so that nothing gets misplaced from it.


Anyway, let's proceed to the fun stuff. Here are the products I bought...


First on the list is a special kit created by BeautyMNL! It's the Thank God It's Friday (TGIF) Kit. The canvas bag consists of different skincare products that I would absolutely love to try! I got this for PhP 699.00 only because it was discounted. Its original price was PhP 999.00.

Inside the kit are the following:

  • Be Organic Bath & Body Argan Oil Shampoo, a frizz-fighting shampoo made with “liquid gold.” Read more.
  • Kala Milk Soap Honey & Oats Milk Soap, a gentle exfoliating soap bar.Read more.

If you have color-treated hair, then a sulfate free shampoo can help retain the color. The soap on the other hand is something that I have used before and I became an instant fan. :D


  • Leaders InSolution Double Effect AC Free, a bestselling Korean face maskRead more.
Bath Junkies Strawberry Samba Body Scrub, a body buffer with berry antioxidants. Read more.

I've only tried a few from Leaders InSolution so I'm curious as to how well this will work on my face. I liked some of the masks I've tried from them. The Bath Junkies Body Scrub, on the other hand, smells super fantastic!

  • Made by David Organics Hand Sanitizer Trio, three bottles of scented antibacterial spray. Read more.

It's always a must for me to carry a bottle of sanitizer and I'm excited to use all three because I just love how them smell! :D

Let's proceed to the makeup products next...
Got this for PhP 269.00. Original price is PhP 299.00.

What can I say? I just love the color Peach!

The next three products came from the same brand. I've only tried one product from them and I wanted to try more. So I grabbed the opportunity to get them while on sale.

Pink Sugar Sweet Cheeks HD Cheek Color in Sin City and Concrete Jungle
Got them for only PhP 374.00 each. Original Price was PhP 499.00.

I'm on a look-out for awesome highlighters! I hope these will work well.

Got this for PhP 349.00. It wasn't on sale. :P

I'm currently loving dark lipsticks so I just had to get one and chose this deep plum shade. :D

Got it for PhP 133.00 from PhP 148.00.

Got this for PhP 685.00 from PhP 779.00.

Vitamin C on my skin really brightens it and just works wonders on it. I hope it works as well as Ciracle's.


And those are the items included in my mini haul. I've swatched and tried out some of them and I'm really satisfied. I can't wait to share my reviews with all of you.

I'm also very satisfied with BeautyMNL's fast service and awesome deals. I'm sure to buy again soon! :D

If you're interested to get deals such as these, make sure you subscribe to BeautyMNL's mailing list and always check out their online magazine for beauty updates and tips!



Cheers,
DAWN

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