Saturday, August 2, 2014

Bench and Watsons Haul + Product Reviews!!!

Before the end of last semester, I decided to stock up on daily essentials since I was already running low on my supplies. I bought the following items from Bench and Watsons.



 Organics Papaya & Seaweed Shower Creme
7.05 oz./200 g
(P  89 each, Promo)

What it claims:

Whitens and firms for smoother even-toned skin.

Description

Bathe your skin with this luxurious shower bath in cream form enriched with natural extracts.

  • Papaya Extract is a proven and effective ingredient that helps exfoliate dead skin cells to reveal whiter, smoother complexion
  • Seaweed Extract helps the skin's texture and elasticity for firm, even toned-skin
Together, they help rejuvenate the skin to keep it flawless, healthy and radiant.

Directions

Apply onto bath sponge or wash cloth and lather on skin. Rinse thoroughly.

Verdict:

When I first took a whiff of this shower cream, I didn't find the scent appealing that much. However, upon using the product I found myself liking the peculiar smell of the combination of the papaya and seaweed extracts. The cream is thick but not too thick and it lathers up quite well. I think a little of this goes a long way but I prefer to be a bit more generous whenever I use this in the shower. However, I did not notice if the shower cream did indeed whiten and tone my skin.


 Organics Bamboo & Green Tea Body Lotion
250 g/8.8 oz
(P 89, Promo)

What it claims:

Detoxifies skin impurities for healthy skin.

Description

Lavish your skin with this luxurious body lotion enriched with natural antioxidants.


  • Bamboo Extract helps refresh dull and tired skin caused by stress and pollution
  • Green Tea Extract promotes skin renewal, has natural sun protection and antibacterial properties
Together, they help promote healthy, youthful, and vibrant skin.

Verdict:

What I liked most about this body lotion is that it doesn't leave a sticky feeling on my skin. The scent is light and not overpowering. I love that this product has multiple benefits. Since I don't really put sunblock everyday it's very convenient that this lotion already has natural sun protection. It protects my skin from the harmful rays of the sun!


 Organics Bamboo & Green Tea Body Scrub
7.05 oz./200 g
(P 89, Promo)


What it claims:

Detoxifies skin impurities for healthy skin.

Description

Pamper your skin with this gentle exfoliating body scrub enriched with natural antioxidants.

  • Bamboo Extract helps refresh dull and tired skin caused by stress and pollution
  • Green Tea Extract promotes skin renewal, has natural sun protection and antibacterial properties
Together, they help promote healthy, youthful, and vibrant skin.

Directions

Massage all over your body. Apply generously on rough areas. Rinse thoroughly.

Verdict:

I have tried other body scrubs and I can say that this is by far the creamiest of them all. It has a thick formulation. The scent of this scrub is the same as the lotion variant. It's a bit hard to spread because of the consistency but other than that I have no qualms about it. It exfoliates my skin quite well and leaves it soft and smooth as well.


 Olay Natural White Instant Glowing Fairness Cream in Light
20 g
(P 79)


What it claims:

Olay Natural White Instant Glowing Fairness Serum formula works immediately to brighten your face and also helps to provide following benefits:

- Correct uneven skin tone
- Make skin tone lighter
- Provide sun protection to give you fair looking skin that glows
- It has combined effect of tone correction serum + moisturizer

Directions

Use Olay Natural White Instant Glowing Fairness Cream twice a day on a clean face and neck.

Verdict:

The first time I tried this cream out, I bought the sachet version for only P 15. Initially I used this as my make-up base before applying face cream powder. I ended up liking it so much that I purchased more of it. It really does give that instant glowing fairness effect on my face plus it moisturizes my skin without making it look too oily. This product is also multi tasking and it has uv protection.

 Olay Age Protect Anti-Ageing Cream
18 g
(P 139)


What it claims:
  1. Lighten Dark Spots
  2. Visibly Reduce Wrinkles
  3. Improve Skin Tone
Directions

Use on clean face & neck. Avoid contact with the eye area. If product gets into eyes, rinse thoroughly with water. If skin or eye irritation develops, discontinue use.

Verdict:

Maybe some of you are wondering as to why and 18 year old girl like me is already using an anti-aging cream. The reason behind this is pretty simple, starting young is key to having beautiful and youthful looking skin. I don't have dark spots so I can't tell if this cream removes it. I do have minimal wrinkles on my forehead but this product keeps it at bay by reducing fine lines. I noticed that my skin has a healthy looking glow after using this every night.


 Garnier Brightening Eye Roll-On
15 ml
(P 240)


What it claims:

  • Immediate cooling effect to decongest puffy eyes
  • In 14 days, skin looks brighter and more radiant
  • In 28 days, bags and dark circles are reduced

Verdict:


When I was younger I was able to try this eye roll-on and I must admit that at first I din't like it cause it irritated the skin under my eyes. There was a burning sensation whenever I used it. I decided to give this product another chance since the eye cream I was using was making my eyes swollen. Though the bags and dark circles under my eyes have not diminished this roll-on gives me a refreshing effect.


 Apollo Petroleum Jelly
25 g
(P 31)


What it claims:
  • Moisturizes dry skin overnight
  • Soothes chapped skin and lips
  • Soothes minor burns
  • Helps prevent diaper rash
  • Soothes minor scrapes
  • Removes eye make-up

Directions


Apply liberally as often as necessary.

Verdict:

I use this religiously every night as a lip balm an it is the best one that I have used! Let me just tell you guys that I have tried a lot lip balms ever since I was a child but nothing can compare to the moisturizing properties of petroleum jelly. Naturally, I have dry lips and this is my savior! It soothes my chapped lips overnight!


Aficionado Bath & Body Spray in Fancy
110 ml
(P 90 each)


Verdict:

I have been using this cologne since I was a sophomore in high school. I love the fresh and girly scent of this. The aroma isn't cloying and it doesn't hurt my nose at all! Sadly, the scent doesn't last very long so I find myself applying more of this cologne through out the day.

-Aly

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Princess Hazel Salon & Spa Royal Experience!!!

Last Friday, Ms. Hazel Uy invited me to try out the services offered at her salon called Princess Hazel Salon & Spa located at Unit 203 Pacific Century Tower, 1472-1476 Quezon Avenue, Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City, 1103. I have been reading a lot of good reviews from their customers and I've always wanted to visit the salon because of it's beautiful ambiance. I absolutely love the color combination of the place which is purple and gold! It looks like the palace of her royalty herself!


This was taken at the entrance of Pacific Century Tower.






And this is me about to enter Princess Hazel Salon & Spa! You can see the look of excitement on my face.






Services offered:






Reception Area:








They also sell various accessories, wigs and extensions.














The friendly staff of Princess Hazel Salon & Spa:


(FR: L-R; Ms. Ruby, Ms. Lyn and Mr. Joseph)


This is the waiting area. Isn't it pretty?






Manicure, pedicure and footspa area:






They have a wide selection of high quality nail polishes.






Hair Service Room:




Massage Area:


The curtains look majestic.








Radio Frequency and Body Scrub Room:






Waxing Room:






Facial Room:






My friend Raina and I getting a footspa package which includes a footspa of course, a manicure and a pedicure.




Voila! The finished product! I chose Zoya nail polish in a dark purple shade with a glittery matte finish.








Raina and I were really satisfied with the work of Ms. Lyn and Ms. Ruby. They treated us like modern day princesses!






This is the fabulous Ms. Ruby who took care of my hands and feet. 





Overall, I would really recommend anyone and everybody to try out Princess Hazel Salon & Spa! They offer various services which can cater to the young and old alike! Be it male or female, I'm sure they have something special for you! Best of all the prices are reasonable! The staff and the owner, Ms. Hazel Uy are very nice and accommodating as well. What more could you ask for? So go ahead and give yourself some time to relax, rejuvenate and reinvent yourself by visiting Princess Hazel Salon & Spa and experience royalty today!

*Open from Monday-Saturday, 10:00 am-9:00 pm

*Contact them at: 09165595222/(02) 294 5819

*Follow them on Instagram: @ilovehairph
                              Twitter: @PrincessHazelUy

-Aly

Saturday, April 26, 2014

SPA Day + Asian Secrets Lulur Indonesian Whitening Body Scrub Review!!!

Once a week I unwind by having a 'SPA Day' in the comforts of my own home. Basically I read a good book and treat my hair, my body and my feet with some of my favorite beauty products.




 Last Thursday I was in the middle of reading Just One Year by Gayle Forman. While reading I had my head in a shower cap because I just did a DIY hair treatment using Shine Moist Keratin Treatment. I also soaked my feet in Foot Treats Moisturizing Foot Soak in Grape seed. After soaking my tired feet for a good ten minutes I gently washed them then put some of Watson's Foot Ease Moisturizing Foot Lotion in Mint.



Asian Secrets Lulur Indonesian Whitening Body Scrub with Seaweed Extract and Vitamin E
250 g
(P 150)

What it claims:


Asian Secrets Lulur Indonesian Whitening Body Scrub is a beauty treatment which originated from the royal palaces of Java, Indonesia and inspired by a ritual called lulur. Lulur was originally intended for the bride-to-be in order to beautify, smoothen and whiten
her skin before the wedding day.

The Benefits of Asian Secrets Lulur Indonesian Whitening Body Scrub
  • Lulur beads gently exfoliate and remove dead skin cells to smoothen and give it a radiant glow.
  • Frequent usage reduces skin pigmentation and evens out skin tone by getting rid of dark patches, especially in areas prone to darkening like the elbows, knees, armpits, and the area between the thighs.
  • Contains Seaweed Extract and Vitamin E to help protect the skin and keep it healthy.
  • It also moisturizes and leaves skin with  light fragrant scent. 
Directions:

Scrub all over your skin especially the dark areas while it is dry to remove impurities,dead skin and dirt. Rinse with water. 

Verdict:

This isn't the first variant that  I tried. I bought the Green Tea and Vitamin E variant and ended up liking it so I decided to try the Seaweed Extract and Vitamin E variant. I have to say that I like the one with Green Tea more because of it's scent. It smells so good! It has a few floral notes in it which I happen to really like. Either way this is by far the best body scrub that I have ever tried! It goes on like cream on your body and isn't too thick or runny. It really does a good job of exfoliating and removing dead skin! I don't really notice if it whitens my skin since I already have fair skin. What I love about this product is the feeling of washing the scrub off my body. My skin not only feels soft but also smooth! I actually disregard the instructions and apply this scrub on wet skin and it works fine on me. It's just a matter of your personal preference.

I also have the Licorice and Mulberry Leaf Extract variant of this body scrub and I'm dying to try it!

-Aly

My Olay Collection

Not a lot of people know that I am obsessed with Olay's products. I especially love their Anti- Aging Lotion with SPF 15 and Moisturizing Cream! I use these on a daily basis. I use the Anti- Aging Lotion in the morning and the Moisturizing cream every night. I own a demure collection of their various products.

(FR: L-R; Anti- Aging Cream, 
Anti- Aging Lotion with SPF 15, 
Total Effects Face and Body Bar, 
Age Defying Body Bar, 
Moisturizing Cream, 
All In One Fairness Cream)

Unfortunately I forgot to include Olay's body wash in this picture.

Have you tried any of these? Comment below your favorite Olay product!

-Aly

Running Errands

Originally, I wasn't supposed to share this outfit with you guys only because I find it too simple. But I went ahead anyway since this is perfect for the summer weather.


[top: Gifted | shorts: Oxygen | shoes: Solemates]

My grandfather asked me to run some errands that day and since it was hot I decided to wear a tank top and shorts since it was so hot! The top was a gift from one of my aunts while the shorts was a treat from my mum. I actually got the shoes during a buy one take one promo or something like that from SM. The top adds a pop of color to my outfit since both my high waisted shorts and flats are navy blue.

-Aly

Blue Magic Pouch

I have been on the look out for a bigger make-up kit since my old one has sadly become too small to hold all my things together. I found the perfect one in Blue Magic! It looks like this.



I got this pouch for only a hundred seventy nine pesos! Isn't it a steal? I love the color combination. The design is simple yet pleasing to the eyes. The pouch itself is pretty roomy as well! So go ahead and check out what Blue Magic has to offer!

-Aly

Such a Sucker for Cute Socks

Ever since stepping into college life, I became quite fond of cute socks. Recently I started attending Zumba classes at Dance Station so I added a few more pairs to my collection.



The first two socks I bought from CNA, a Korean accessory store. This is what it looks like on my feet.




And in rubber shoes!



I'm hoping to collect more soon!

-Aly