Review: Human Nature Safe Protect (100% Natural)

A year ago I posted a review of Human Nature’s 100% Natural Safe Block, the first ever sunblock I’ve encountered that didn’t leave me with sun burnt skin, skin discoloration, and acne breakouts. This time, Human Nature Safe Protect, also 100% natural, is a new innovation by Human Nature, which I feel most sun lovers and beach goers would love to and should keep whenever they’re out and about.

Fast Facts

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Price/Size:
Php 299.75 / 50g
Php 649.75 / 200g

Ingredients:
Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, hydrogenated castor oil, zinc oxide, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, dicaprylyl ether, Cera alba (beeswax), Glycine soja (soybean) oil, fragrance (all-natural), glyceryl caprylate, tocopherol (vitamin E), p-anisic acid

Product Description: ABCs
ARMORS against skin-aging UVA rays.
BLOCKS skin-burning UVB rays with SPF 30 deflecting 97% of UVB rays.
CARES for coral reefs. SafeProtect is free from parabens, oxybenzone, benzophenone and ethylhexylmethoxycinnemate that cause the bleaching of corals when washed off.

♥ No White Cast ♥
White Away! You’ve asked for it, so we’ve formulated a sunscreen with all the protection you need – and none of the white film. Don your daily sun protection today!

Source: Human Nature

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Impressions

SPF 15 vs. SPF 30

Honestly, I was confused at first why Human Nature (HN) would introduce a new sun block with an SPF that is double than its previous. HN Safe Block has SPF 15 while HN Safe Protect has SPF 30. I distinctly remember during one of the magalogue turnovers introducing HN Safe Block that you don’t need a high SPF.

SPF 15 already blocks 93% of the harmful UVB rays while SPF 30 will block 97%, which does not really make much of a difference.

But now, Human Nature introduced one that has exactly that—SPF 30 to block an extra 4%. So initially, I was a bit disappoint thinking that Human Nature will stick with the SPF 15.

Quality

I love the texture of Human Nature Safe Protect and scent is as heavenly as HN Safe Block. It feels like I’m just applying regular lotion but with extra protection from the sun.

In my review of Human Nature Safe Block, I said:

The application is smooth, leaving a white film of protection just like any sunblock.

With Human Nature Safe Protect, there’s no white film but the protection is there. If you love taking pictures of yourself with beautiful beach views or while in the sea, it can be quite frustrating to have that white film all over your skin. I find that Human Nature Safe Protect, with its “No White Cast” formula, gets rid of this problem. Who would want to look like a clown?

Strength

The lack of white cast does not lessen the strength of Human Nature Safe Protect. After applying the product, you’d see a dewy shine left on your skin. That’s the protection. It’s also water resistant so if you take a dip in the pool or the sea, you’ll see the water form beads on your skin. This is very helpful against swimming pools that have a more chlorine than the others. Human Nature Safe Protect keeps the chemical at bay.

I used Human Nature Safe Protect on three different occasions—my trip to Boracay, to Pagudpud, and to a day in Amana Water Park—and I enjoyed every minute of my time under the sun.

Value

Human Nature Safe Protect is more expensive that Human Nature Safe Block, but I guess that comes with the “No White Cast” formulation and the higher SPF level. I think it’s a reasonable price, especially if you think about protecting not just your skin but the environment as well. My time in the sea has always been more enjoyable knowing that I am not doing any harm to the environment and I feel much closer to nature this way.

My comment, however, as with the previous one, I wish the sizes were more diverse. Human Nature Safe Protect has only 50g and 200g sizes that are too small and too big, respectively, for any one person to use.

Verdict: 10/10

I love Human Nature Safe Protect. Yes, I was initially disappointed and confused because Human Nature seemed to detract from what it said before about SPF levels but that’s business. What I care more about is the fact that Human Nature Safe Protect has better formulation—“No White Cast”—and I think it improved from its predecessor, which is expected. And if you noticed, the packaging is much better and I like the stencil pakiwan.

So yes, it’s a 10/10 and I recommend, because I’m sure you’re still squeezing one more beach outing before summer ends officially, that you buy one and see and feel the difference for yourself. I will definitely buy this again.

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.

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.
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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

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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: 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?

Review: Glam Works Green Tea Nose Pore Strips

Another long day and it’s my nose again that got my attention. But instead of using my the Classic Nose Pore Strips of Glam Works which I reviewed last May, I tried out the green tea variant. Apparently, I bought this long before I got the classic variant. I must have stashed this one in my drawers and forgot about it.

Anyway, let’s begin:

Fast Facts

Nose Strip Green Tea

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) has antibacterial properties (from green tea extract) that help thoroughly cleanse the pores; and (3) help reduce the appearance of pores with regular use.

Ingredients: 
deionized water, polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), ethyl alcohol, glycerine, hamamelis virginiana, PVP, camelia sinensis leaf extract, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, BHT, fragrance, CI 61565

Impressions

If you noticed from my review of Glam Works Classic Nose Pore Strips, there is a difference in price. Please don’t get confused. Both variants are priced the same. I bought my green tea variant at Php 99.00. I think it was sometime after I bought the classic variant that Watsons upped the price.

Added Benefits

That having been said, between the classic and green tea variant, I’d have to say I like this one better. Frankly, it’s the scent. Whereas the classic has no scent whatsoever, Glam Works Green Tea Nose Pore Strips has a wonderful fragrance of green. Plus, the addition of green tea extract gives added benefits such as reducing inflammation or skin irritation, promotion of collagen to maintain the elasticity of the skin, skin cell protection due to its antioxidants, etc. For just the same price, this variant is the better choice.

Just to share a bit, I actually used the strip one time despite having a nasty pimple on my nose. It’s precisely due to the pimple that I used the strip. After removing, for the next 3 days, I also applied tea tree oil extract on my pimple. Voila! The red bump is gone! I’ll just have to continue treating the mark so prevent discoloration. Amazing how green tea extract and tea tree oil can work wonders. But that’s another story. 😉

Strength

However, much like the classic variant, the strength and effectiveness in removing blackheads is just satisfactory. I’m not quite the expert on de-clogging pores but I base my opinion on what’s still left and not on what has been removed. Granted, it does its job to an extent but I’d rather it be able to remove more.

Application

It’s pretty much straight to the point. Wet your nose, stick the strip, and then wait for about 10-15 minutes before removing it. Remember: don’t touch the nose area after removing the strip. Don’t get it wet as well. The pores are still open and it’s best to wait several more minutes before continuing with your nightly routine.

Verdict: 9/10

It’s 9/10 only to show that I prefer this than the classic. There are other nose pore strips by Glam Works. They have charcoal and a pack that contains only chin and forehead strips. I’ll have to try the chin and forehead strips. I tried using the nose strips on my forehead but it felt weird and I’m not sure if I got the needed result. It felt like I had my forehead waxed! XD

Will I buy this again? Yes! I might try other brands as well to be able to make a comparison.

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Do you have a go-to nose pore strip brand/product you’d like to share? Let me know what you think. 🙂