Review: Snoe’s Hair Heroes – The Fixer

Who wouldn’t want perfect looking hair? Whatever style or cut you have, whether you have long or short hair, having one that closely resembles a rat’s nest is definitely a no-no. But even with shampoo and devoted conditioning, extra help is needed to tame our mane.

For the past weeks I’ve had the pleasure to test Snoe’s Hair Heroes – The Fixer, thanks to my good friend Sofie. She knows how maarte I am when it comes to hair care. Similar to skin care, I can talk on and on about hair—how to take care of it, which products are best for what types of hair, et cetera—most of which come from my own experiences having gone from short to long hair, straight to curly, and what-have-yous. So I took it as a challenge to test The Fixer.
Snoe Hair Heroes The Fixer

Fast Facts

Price: Php 499.00 (about 11.00 USD)
Volume: 50ml

Product Description:
• keeps your hair in place even to the last strand •
• helps create perfectly polished up-dos, tails, braids, twists, buns and knots •
• tames wild baby hair around the hairline •
• doubles as a hand cream to protect your hands to keeping them soft and smooth •

Ingredients:Snoe Hair Heroes Ingredients
deionized water, stearic acid, mineral oil, petrolatum, glyceryl stearate, polyvinylpyrrolidone, cetyl stearyl alcohol, litsea glutinosa extract, triethanolamine, fragrance, phenoxyenthanol (and) ethylhexylglycerin, hydrolyzed wheat protein, cocos nucifera (coconut), oil, water (and) panax ginseng root extract (and) polyquaternium-11 (and) PEG-12 dimethicone (and) calcium panthothenate (and) zinc gluconate (and) niacinamide (and) ornithine HCL (and) citrulline (and) glucosamine HCL (and) biotin, hydrolyzed milk protein, BHT

Directions for Use:
• Rub a dime size on both hands and distribute evenly through dry hair with both hands from root to end. • Apply on the desired areas to create a more polished look. • For best results, use after washing and conditioning with other Hair Heroes products. •


Impressions

Scent: 10/10

100% love! I have never encountered such a heavenly scent—so heavenly I can’t even begin to describe it. Suffice it to say it reminds me of scented candles and drifting quietly into sleep and sweet dreams.

A friend, however, described it a the Shandal car air fresheners, particularly the green one (I think it’s lime).

But Snoe’s Hair Heroes – The Fixer did not smell at all like lime. Then again, this friend is a guy so go figure.

Strength: 8/10

Snoe Hair Heroes The Fixer after squeeze

1 pump

 

The Fixer indeed delivers on the hair taming category. Since the formula is quite heavy, one application instantly flattens and makes hair styling manageable. One problem I found though is that since the formula is heavy and thick, you have to be strategic in applying or else you may find your hair a tad too flat.

What I do, I apply it only on the stops and middle portion of my hair and only a miniscule amount on the curls just to keep the volume and definitions.

Ease of Use: 7/10

The formula is thick and heavy. The texture is not the same as other hair tamers that I’m used to, which are mostly hair serums (oil) and lotion type. This one is sticky so it’s quite a struggle for me.

Hair after Snoe Hair Heroes The Fixer

I applied only a little on my hair and finger brushed it.

It’s tricky to try apply this evenly on the hair. The first time, it stuck to one part only and there’s no direction on how to spread it evenly.

The container is also a bit hard to pump and I find the nozzle opening is too small. If the product requires me to use a dime size amount, then I’d be pumping several times.

It’s clever how they marketed The Fixer as a hand cream as well considering the stickiness of the product. Even if it’s not mentioned, I wouldn’t wash my hands anyway because I love the smell so much.

It also says to apply only on dry hair. I tried it on wet hair and it’s not so bad. It’s just that since it’s sticky and cream based, you might find it icky if you apply it on wet hair.

Price: 6/10

It’s just too heavy on the pocket. There are hair tamers that are more affordable than this one so I’m not so happy with the price. But if you consider the formula, its texture, the scent, quantity needed per use, and the strength, the price may be reasonable.

Just a note. I searched the Snoe website and there’s a bit of confusion because even though it’s called The Fixer, the website calls it baby hair tamer. So this may just confuse other consumers missing this product via search engine because they typed the fixer vs baby hair tamer.

Verdict: 8/10

If you you want the sophisticated and sleek look, Snoe’s Hair Heroes – The Fixer is for you. It has the a heavy, cream based formuly to tame baby hair and other wayward strands into perfection. But, if you’re not the type, you can always limit the application and do a spot application to add volume here and flatten there. In either case, your mane will still be fabulous and will smell heavenly. Not to mention your hands!

The downside is that it is pricey and application tricky. Would I recommend it! Definitely! It’s just not the perfect match for, for now.

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Have you tried Snoe’s Hair Heroes or any of their products? You can find them here.

REVIEW: Human Nature Acne Defense Solution Gel

It’s been months since Human Nature introduced its first acne fighting skin care product, the Acne Defense Solution Gel or which I normally call the Acne Defense Gel. The product is infused with natural tea tree oil and aloe vera extracts that dry out pimples but keep the rest of your skin moisturized.

What is tea tree oil?

According to Medical News Today, tea tree oil is derived from the leaves of the plant Melaleuca alternifolia, which is entirely different from the plant used for making the tea that we normally drink.

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Tea-tree oil and tea oil are completely different products. Tea oil is the sweet seasoning and cooking oil from pressed Camellia sinensis (beverage tea plant), or the tea oil plant Camellia oleifera.”1

Tea tree oil or melaleuca oil is toxic taken orally. It is more popular in dermatological use such as the treatment of acne, dandruff, lice, and other skin infections.2

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Fast Facts

Price: Php 199.75 (about 4.50 USD)
Volume: 20g (0.71 oz)

Ingredients:
aqua (water), Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil, levulinic acid (rice/corn-derived), glyceryl caprylate (coconut oil, palm oil and glycerin-derived), glycerin, dehydroxanthan gum, zinc lactate, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, p-anisic acid (anise seed-derived), phytic acid (rice-derived)

Instructions:
Dab—do not rub—a thin layer of the gel on the affected area.

Product Description:
100% natural
Safe and non-irritating
Helps crack down on breakouts, dry out blemishes, and give you clearer-looking skin without the harmful side effects of chemical treatments
Clinically tested to (1) effectively dry out pimples and help prevent pimple breakouts and (2) help reduce oiliness and the appearance of redness

Impressions

Strength: 8/10

In terms of product description, Human Nature’s Acne Defense Solution Gel does reduce the appearance of redness and dry out pimples. Compared to straight tea tree oil products, this one is in gel formulation and infused with aloe vera. Meaning, the concentration is much diffused and being in gel form and with the qualities of aloe vera, the drying out will only affect the pimple (because that’s where the bacteria are) and keep the rest of your skin moisturized.

However, since it’s diffused, it doesn’t have as much strength as straight tea tree oil products although this doesn’t mean that it is ineffective.

I’ve been using this product for more than a month and have been switching between this and The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil (15% concentration) depending on how I feel the former is performing. I think it really depends on the strength that you want. If you wish for quicker results and don’t care for your skin drying too much, then go for the tea tree oil. If you have the patience, however, and would rather have the rest of your skin unaffected, then go for Human Nature’s gel formulation.

Right now, I’m test The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil on the left side of my face and the Human Nature’s Acne Defense Solution Gel on the right for comparison. So far, they fair well on effectiveness. Personally, for big pimples, I resort to The Body Shop’s. Otherwise, I’m quite content with Human Nature’s.

Price: 9/10

The price is pretty decent and reasonable. You don’t need a lot of this product anyway. You just have to dab it on the affected area. But compared to The Body Shop’s, then the product seems more expensive. My take is, the value added here is in the formulation and introduction of aloe vera and other ingredients to give other benefits. So if you don’t want the value added, stick to the straight tea tree oil since you can do a DIY formula at home with honey, brown sugar, and other natural ingredients. But if you’d rather trust the experts, then I would recommend this.

Verdict: 9/10

Definitely worth buying (again) but it won’t dissuade me from buying The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil. From me to you, you really have to get to know your skin before you stick to just one product. Sometimes, two or more can do the trick. Other times, you just have to stick to one. Even other times, you just have to give your skin a rest.

Skin care tip: This product is best used with Human Nature’s Acne Defense Facial Wash (up for review soon).

Disclaimer: I am a Human Nature Dealer but I strive to give a fair and objective opinion on Human Nature products. After all, I am a consumer of the products myself.

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Have you tried any other pimple fighting products you’d like to share?

Review: Clinique Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes, and Lips

With different types of makeup out there with different strengths and qualities, it sure wouldn’t be a surprise for cosmetics brands to invest on a product to remove the pile of junk they encourage their customers to wear. I don’t mean to disparage but when we put too much or just the right amount of makeup, it feels quite “junk-y” at the end of the day and for me, all I wanted was to get rid of it effectively. Wouldn’t you?

Most of my makeup are on the lids, lashes, and lips. Having combination to oily skin that’s also prone to pimple breakouts, I apply little on my face so I invest on those three instead.

My daily makeup routine for my lips, lashes, and eyes consist of matte lipstick that resists smudging, waterproof mascara, and a choice between eyeliner pencil, waterproof liquid eyeliner, and waterproof eyeliner gel. Therefore, I’m likely to invest on good makeup removers, especially one that can effectively remove that junk on my eyes.

If you’re like me, then Clinique’s take the day off makeup remover for lids, lashes & lips is a good investment.

Review: Clinique Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes, and Lips

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Fast Facts

Disclaimer: I got mine as a gift from a friend so I’ll be getting my info from the Clinique website instead.

Price:  Php3,2511
Volume: 125ml (mine’s 50ml)

Ingedients:
Water, Isohexadecane, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trisiloxane, PEG-4 Dilaurate, Lauryl Methyl Gluceth-10 Hydroxypropyldimonium Chloride, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Dipotassium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol2

Product Claims:
Works for all skin types.
Dissolves and “lifts away” long-wearing makeup, even waterproof mascara.
Non-irritating, non-stinging.
Ophthalmologist tested. Appropriate for contact lens wearers.3

Directions for use:
Shake well.
Apply with a cotton ball.
Wipe off.
Rinse before applying makeup.

IMPRESSIONS

Strength: 10/10

It does what it says it does. I’ve never encountered such an effective makeup remover and I’m just basing this on how it made my life much easier when removing my eye makeup.

For review purposes, let’s use my right eye as an example. Here I’m  wearing Heroine Make’s [waterproof] Impact Liquid Eyeliner and Benefit’s They’re Real waterproof mascara. I let the makeup stay overnight (skin care/beauty tip: you shouldn’t sleep with makeup on) so the eyeliner may have smudged a bit into my lashes.


What I normally do when removing eye makeup is to use massage the serum/oil using my fingers onto my lids and lashes and then wipe off with tissue. I do this twice.

For Clinique, it’s not in a pump bottle, I use cotton buds—each end to each eye.

Here’s what it looks like after the first massaging.


After the second massaging and wiping…


You can see how thin and lacking in eyeliner and mascara my eye is after using Clinique’s makeup remover. If you’re still not sure, here’s a shot of my finger and the cotton buds after the first round of eye makeup removal.


If you’re still not sure, here’s a shot of my right and left eye (closed because I look cross-eyed if they’re open) to see the difference.

closed eyes before after comparison

Price: 7/10

Other than the fact that I got mine free (thanks friend!), the price for this one is way up there, around Php26 (0.50-0.60 USD) per 1ml, more expensive than Shu Uemura’s OB Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle Cleansing Oil. But considering the strength—stronger than Shu Uemura’s—and since most of my makeup is on my eyes and it takes just a little of this to remove it, then I guess it’s worth the price to pay.

Verdict: 9/10

Right now, Clinique’s makeup remover for lids, lips, and eyes is my favorite so I just had to make a review and share it. It really does its job on that department and it’s quite easy to use.

Just a note to share while I was researching on the product but I could have gotten this wrong, but according to beautypedia, Clinique sometimes tests its products on animals.

“Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.”

I just hope the one I got was not animal tested.

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Do you have any thoughts on Clinique’s makeup remover for lids, lashes, and lips you’d like to share? Or do you have a makeup remover that’s just as strong, if not stronger? Share them in the comments below. 🙂

REVIEW: Watsons Camellia Callus Cell Vitamin F Facial Mask

It was a whole day of pampering for me last weekend. I spent the whole day at the salon giving my hair and nails much love. But I didn’t stop there. When I got home, before finally turning in, I tried Watsons Camellia Callus Cell Vitamin F Facial Mask. It was something I bought during one of my kikay moods and at last got around to trying.

Fast Facts

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Price: Php 69.00
Where: Any Watson’s branch
Size: 23ml
Shelf Life: 3 years from manufacture date

Product Description:
Made in Korea; moisturizing and soothing; nourishing; no parabens, alcohol, or lanolin
Effectively helps moisturize and nourish your skin
Helps replenish skin moisture levels and helps maintain your skin’s hydration levels
Helps to soothe your skin, leaving it healthier, and more moisturized after use

Ingredients:
Punica Granatum Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit/Leaf Extract, Codonopsis Lanceolata Root Extract, Ceteth-20, Perilla Ocymoides Seed Extract, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glyceryl Stearate, Disodium EDTA, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, PEG-8, Phenoxyenthanol, Lecithin, Camellia Japonica Callus Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Sprout Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Sprout Extract, Brassica Oleracea Gemmifera (Brussels Sprouts) Extract, Glyceryl Linoleate, Glyceryl Linolenate, Parfum, Ceteth-10, Glyceryl Arachidonate, Ethylhexylglycerin, BHT, Coceth-7, PPG-1-PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional

Directions:
1. Remove makeup and clean face thoroughly.
2. Place the mask sheet on your face.
3. Smooth out mask to ensure perfect fit.
4. Leave for 15-20 minutes, then remove. No need to rinse off.
5. Massage the remaining essence into skin until fully absorbed.
6. Recommend to use 2-3 times a week.

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Impressions

Of the masks I’ve tried, I like this product best, which kind of surprised me since it’s cheaper than most of its counter parts. If you’re on a budget or just beginning to learn about facial masks, this brand would probably be your best bet.

Scent

From the moment I opened the package, I smelled flowers and was already hooked. It was a wonderful scent and immediately made me relax when I finally put the mask on. I dreaded the end of the 20 minutes when I had to remove the mask. I just can’t get enough of the flowers!

Application

If the scent was relaxing, the application was perplexing, unfortunately. As with Dermal’s Collagen Mask I tried previously, unfolding the mask was quite a challenge. I’ve tried a few masks between Dermal’s and the current one, but never got the hang of unfolding the masks. I hope they can invent a better way for this.

So as with this one, I was deathly afraid of tearing it accidentally at the edges. Thankfully, it survived. The sad part, though, was that a lot of the essence transferred to my hands, which I could not massage into my face at the time.

After surmounting this challenge, it was easy. Just position it first around the eyes, and you can easily smooth it outwards from there. Make sure to push out any bubbles.

What to expect

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Expect a forehead gap!

Expect a cooling sensation where the essence has been applied. This was quite relaxing in my opinion and which is good, especially for those with visible pores.

If you have a wide forehead, like me, expect about an inch of forehead exposure. I’ve had this problem with past masks so it was already something that I expected. It was still disappointing though.

If you use this before bed time, expect soft skin the next day. I just loved this! My skin didn’t even feel the least bit itchy with this product. A good sign! So, that’s a check on the claims department.

Verdict: 9/10

As I said, this one has become my favorite so far. You will fall in love with the scent of flowers, relax under the cool mask, and wake up with soft, supple skin the next day. Who wouldn’t want that?

Will I buy this again? Without a doubt. The price is also easy on the wallet and so it won’t feel like you’re splurging if you ever want to stick to the 2-3 times a week regimen.

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What’s your favorite facial mask?

REVIEW: Glam Works Charcoal Nose Pore Strips

Hello! It’s been quite a while since I last posted a review even though I’ve been using a lot of new products lately just for the purpose of reviewing them. How productive was that?

Anyway, if you’re subscribed to my blog feed or have liked my page on Facebook, you will know that I’ve done 2 reviews already of Glam Works nose pore strips variants–the classic and the green tea variant. To complete the set, I bought the charcoal variant for review. I was also curious since, lately, fusing charcoal with different skin care products has become a fad.

Fast Facts

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Price:
Php 109.00 for 12 strips

Where: 
Watsons

Duration: 
10-15 minutes

Suggested usage: 
1-2 times a week with at least a 3-day interval

Product description/claims:
(1) instantly remove pore-clogging dirt, oil, and blackheads; (2) charcoal absorbs into the pores on the skin and draws out the dirt and oils that are blocking the pores; and (3) help reduce the appearance of pores with regular use.

Ingredients: 
deionized water, polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), glycerol, ethyl alcohol, PVP, BHT, activated charcoal, dipotassium glycyrrhizate

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Both the back of the box and the back of individual packs have instructions on how to use, ingredients, and other info on the product, which is very helpful.

Impressions

If all charcoal products are like this, then I wouldn’t buy any other product that contains charcoal. In short, I was disappointed with this variant.

Strength

It’s about strength. I’ve said this before with the two other variants, that they’re strength in removing blackheads and whiteheads were just so-so, but it gets the job done if you’re doing it alone. However, with this variant, I did not feel much of a pull and the result was considerably less than when I’m using the other variants. Maybe it’s the adhesive, but that’s what’s supposed to suck out the suckers, right?

Scent

The scent of the charcoal variant is pretty much the same as the classic variant–chemical-ish, although much diluted than the classic. I have no complaints in this department since I’m already used to this type of smell.

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Application

The application does not differ with the other variants–you wet your nose, apply the strip, wait for 10 to 15 minutes, and then you pull. It’s always good to have straightforward instructions. There’s no confusion to be had. But with my experience in this one having less of a pull, I thought that I used the wrong side or probably forgot to remove an additional layer before placing it on my nose. Sadly, I did everything perfectly. It was the product that just failed. 🙁

Verdict: 4/10

You can see that I’m really disappointed in this product. It didn’t come up to the standards and promises it claimed. Little was removed and there wasn’t much of a pull in terms of sucking out blackheads or whiteheads. Except for the edgy feel that the word charcoal and the color black evinces, there is little to be said of Glam Works Charcoal Nose Pore Strips.

However, if you’ve tried this and liked it, then good for you. I guess I’m just used to the stronger classic and green tea variants to be satisfied with this one. I just thought that this was a waste of my money.

Will I buy this again? You can already guess than my answer is no. I will be sticking to the other 2 variants unless a new formulation for this variant will come out.

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Have you tried Glam Works nose pore strips? Which variant do you like?