Fab Five Reasons Why It Pays To Be A ZAP Member

Will the promise of a cashback or the possibility of winning something encourage you to return again to that store? ZAP answers this with a resounding yes promising its prospective partner merchants that 25% of its customers will return in 30 days.

As a business owner, I’d be skeptical about this and would demand a report based on in depth study. As a customer and ZAP user, I’d advise the business owner to try it out because this is a reward system that is hard to pass up.

But if you’re not a business owner, would you join ZAP as a customer/member? I’d say you should. Because the reward system not only benefits the partner merchant but the ZAP member as well.


Fab Five Reasons why It Pays to Be A ZAP Member

  1. As a ZAP member, each time you buy from a ZAP logopartner establishment, you get a cashback rebate rate between 5% to 20% based on the total amount you spent at that establishment. These are called points.
  2. You can spend your points like cash. Each point you have earned is equivalent to Php1.00 (may vary per country), which you can use to pay for your purchases on partner merchants. It doesn’t matter where you earned your points, you can spend them all on one partner establishment if you want.
  3. You can win jackpots. These are monthly giveaways by partner establishments to their patrons. The giveaways are points and the amount varies depending on how many ZAP members bought from them at a given month.
  4. You already have free 30 points upon sign-up.
  5. You also get an additional 30 points when you refer ZAP to a friend and that friend signs-up.

How do you use ZAP?

  1. Sign up. When you sign up, you only need your e-mail and/or mobile phone number. You can edit your account later, including your pin number.
  2. Download the app. This will give you an updated list of ZAP’s partner merchants, including their location. You can filter/sort to ease your search. You can even find out which of these are near you.
  3. Redeem points. When you go to a partner establishment, tell them you’re a ZAP member upon payment. They will show you a tablet in which you will enter your mobile number. That will ensure that you will get credited for your purchase.
  4. Pay using your points. If you want to use your points for payment, just tell the partner establishment that you’ll do so. They will give you the same tablet but this time, you will enter your mobile number AND pin number.
  5. Refer a friend. Within the app you have a link you can tap to refer or invite a friend. You can invite your friend via Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, or you can copy the link to your code and share it some other way. Like this.

DOES IT WORK?

It does. I’ve been a member for almost a year now and I can guarantee all of the above. I got my 30 points waiting for me when I signed up. I referred a friend and we both got free 30 points—I got it for referring him, he got his for signing up.

I have received the rebates. It takes a day or 2 for the points to be credited to your account but you will see them under “pending” immediately so you know that it is being processed.

I have won a jackpot thanks to Mrs. Fields, one of ZAP’s partner merchants. And I have used the points I’ve earned and won on other ZAP establishments and on numerous occasions.


Is ZAP for you?

It depends. If you’re the type who loves winning without really doing anything, yes it is. If you love rebates and free points, ZAP will give you that. If you like being appreciated as a patron, you’d get that through ZAP’s cashback system.

Personally, I like all these things. Plus, I already go to most of ZAP’s establishments so ZAP just gives me additional perks. Who wouldn’t want that?

ZAP’s merchant base continually grows so you expect that sooner or later, your favorite store or restaurant will be part of it, too. But just know that the partnership deal between ZAP and each establishment is not permanent and does not apply for all branches so it’s not permanent.

NOTE: This post is NOT sponsored in any way. You may, however, see this as a testament to how I find being a ZAP member beneficial and you can sign-up via the link I gave above or by clicking the ZAP logo.

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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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

HUman Nature Acne Defense Solution Gel Review

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: 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?