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?

Pan de Manila: Chocolate con Nueces

Ever wondered what Choc-nut and hot chocolate will taste like when combined? If you can’t imagine the taste, might as well try Pan de Manila’s Chocolate con Nueces. Nueces is Spanish for nuts so PDM’s new 3-in-1 mix combines chocolate with roasted peanuts.

Ingredients: peanuts, sugar, creamer, muscovado, cocoa, milk, tablea, iodized salt
Price: Php18.00

Although it doesn’t say in the packaging, it really tastes like hot chocolate with crumbled/stirred-in Choc-nut. I’m not saying it’s not good. It’s actually delicious. I just can’t get the idea out of my head.

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Also, I really don’t get why Pan de Manila insists on iodized salt in its mixes (including coffee mixes). Is it a Spanish thing? Please enlighten me if you know. To me, particular to this the Chocolate con Nueces, the peanuts should already provide the saltiness in the drink. So there shouldn’t be any need for the iodized salt.

I also failed to grasp the use of the creamer. There didn’t seem to be any when I prepared mine. The drink was as dark as any cocoa drink I’ve tried.

If you haven’t noticed already, the ingredients list says “sugar” and “muscovado”. I searched Google to see if muscovado and be anything other than sugar or sweetener. Turns out, it’s an unrefined brown sugar (as per Wikipedia). So it is a sweetener, a sugar. Don’t you think having sugar and muscovado only makes it redundant? Diabetes anyone?

Finally, despite using just boiled water and stirring the mixture, there were still some residue left at the bottom of my mug that failed to melt. It wasn’t so bad as it still tasted delicious (like semi-melted Choc-nut) but I really hate to find those things in my hot chocolate or coffee. They’re a waste.

Okay, so I didn’t want to be too critical or negative about it. It’s not what I initially intended. But as I go about typing the ingredients, it happens. I don’t know if the corporation became lazy in their ingredients list because it would seem that they just copy-pasted it from their other mixes and just added the other ingredients. Or maybe they did put in sugar and muscovado intentionally.

One thing’s for sure, although it’s delicious, it’s something that I will drink once in a blue moon. It’s quite pricey at Php 18.00 compared to other coffee mixes and my other problem with this, the Nutritional Facts are not provided, as with the other mixes that Pan de Manila has. I hope the corporation corrects this. This could make or break a transaction with some consumers.

Unboxing: BDJ September Box

After 6 months of wonderful boxes thanks to BDJ Box (March to August), I subscribed to 6 more boxes, my first for the latter being the September box. Now came the less wonderful and sad to say, disappointing of the BDJ boxes I’ve received so far. I hope this gets better.

It’s a big box, again, similar to the July BDJ Box, but unlike the latter, September’s BDJ Box is less appealing, in my opinion. More on this later.

BDJ September Box

BDJBox September 2

Contents

180ml Cream Silk Daily Treatment Conditioner Hair Fall Defense (Php 134)
180ml Cream Silk Daily Treatment Conditioner Standout Straight (Php 134)
6ml x 4 Godiva LicoWhite Whitening Facial Wash (Php 85 @ 50ml)
60ml Godiva LicoWhite Whitening Toner (Php 60
10g x 2 Pond’s Dewy Rose Gel (Php 150 each)
6ml x 6 capsules x 2 packets Dove Intense Repair Daily Hair Vitamin (Php 75)
200ml Jergen’s Daily Moisture (Php 153)
100ml Jergen’s Ultra Healing Lotion (Php 88)
180ml Beach Hut Clear Spray (Php 390)
4g FS Single Eye Shadow (Php 150)
5ml FS Gel Liner (Php 299)
Voucher PAC Free Make Over worth Php 1,500
Seek the Beauty in Everything You See sticker x 5
Content Catalogue

My Thoughts

More to the point, I believe BDJ Box has recycled some of their products. If not recycled, they gave away those that they can no longer sell. I’m talking about Godiva Cleansing Kit and the Beach Hut Clear Spray. I know the cleansing kit are available to buy at the BDJ Box online store and although I did not receive any Beach Hut sunblock in my previous BDJ boxes, I have a friend who told me that she subscribed to BDJ Box before and got the same exact sunblock. So this must be in the months prior to March 2014.

There's a sticky smudge here, which tells me that this has been in storage for so long already.

There’s a sticky smudge here, which tells me that this has been in storage for so long already.

The nearness of the expiration date says a lot.

The nearness of the expiration date says a lot.

The same with the BDJ May box, this month’s box has a lot of common items and I predict that I won’t be using even half of what’s in the box.

Nos

Truth be told, I have long stopped using Cream Silk (and Sunsilk). I’ve used their combination ever since I can remember but I don’t have any inclination of trying it out anymore. I’ve become sensitive when it comes to the types of chemicals that are left on my hair. SLS or SLES are the major culprits why I’ve been having pimple breakouts on my face and back. It took a long while before I found a dermatologist who informed me of this (hence my eventual awareness to Human Nature).

I’m also a bit hesitant to try the Godiva Cleansing Kit. I’ve become accustomed to my facial care regimen (having tamed my pimple and prevented any adverse reaction) that I wouldn’t want to jinx it, so to speak. I am, however, a curious about Pond’s Dewy Rose Gel so I might try it, emphasis on the might. After all, the Pond’s facial wash line did nothing to alleviate my pimple problem before (it has SLS/SLES).

I already have one FS Gel Liner, in black. Although I got a brown one in the box, I’m not too keen on trying another one from this brand. I didn’t like the formula much. The free eyeliner brush is perfect, though.

Obviously, I will not be using the Beach Hut Clear Spray. I’ve never been lucky with sunblocks, any brand. I always end up with sunburn and pimple breakouts on my face. What do I do then under the sun? I’ve tried Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil. It’s a good why to tan without any burning, trust me. It even evened out my skin tone and corrected my tan lines. Then Human Nature’s Safe Block arrived and everything was history.

Yeses and Probablies

As I’ve already mentioned, I might try the Pond’s Dewy Rose Gel

Yellow is not really my color so I’m not as happy with the FS Single Eye Shadow that I got. But since it’s makeup, perhaps I can blend it with other colors to make it work.

I’ve already begun using one of the Jergens Moisture Pack, particularly the ultra healing lotion. I remember using an earlier formulation of this (or just an earlier packaging) and it helped during those times that I got sunburn.

Finally, the Dove Intensive Repair Daily Hair Vitamin. I’m very curious about this, more because of the capsules. I’ve never used one before even though there are so many brands available.

Recap

So that’s pretty much it. You can tell by how excited or disappointed I am about certain things by the length of my posts. If it’s in the middle, then you either won’t hear from me about them or you’d be reading a relatively short post.

I sure hope the next box is good. *crossing fingers*

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What do you think?

Review: Benetint and Lollitint

I’m not really a fan of tints. I don’t get the need to stain your lips red or with any other color. I also find it confusing in terms of application–do I apply the tint first or the foundation?

The BDJ June Box gave me the chance to get re-acquainted with tints, particularly Benefit’s Benetint and Lollitint. I’ve tried tints in the past but I wasn’t feeling them.

Fast Facts

Bene and Lolli Tint

Price: Php 1,700 @ 12.5ml

Description:
BENETINT – rose-tinted stain; kiss-proof; lasts for hours
LOLLITINT – candy-orchid tint; smudge proof and kiss proof

Ingredients:
BENETINT – aqua (water), polysorbate 20, phenoxyethanol, sodium hydroxide, carmine (ci 75470), methylparaben, fragrance (parfum), tetrasodium edta, geraniol, linalool, hexyl cinnamal, citronellol, maltodextrin, benzyl salicylate, bht.
LOLLITINT – aqua (water), ethylhexyl strearate, butylene glycol, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, pentylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, squalane, ci 77891 (titanium dioxide), polysorbate 60, ci 77492 (iron oxides), disodium edta, tetrasodium edta, ci 45410 (red 27), ci 77499 (iron oxides), ci 42090 (blue 1), ci 15985 (yellow 6)

Consistency: 
BENETINT – liquid
LOLLITINT – viscuous

Scent:
BENETINT – rose fragrance
LOLLITINT – none

Swatches:

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My skin ate up Benetint before I could even take a photo of it or even blend it.

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Apologies for the suck-y resolution. I couldn’t find my camera at the time and I don’t know how to take a photo of my lips on my own.

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Yeah, it stains and they take a long time to fade so apply carefully on the cheeks if you don’t want to go overboard.

Impressions

I love them now. But if you had asked me about it the first few times that I used it, I would have said “No! It stains my fingers and I’m not even sure if there’s any difference if I use it or not. Plus, my cheeks itched!”. Still, I went through testing, particularly Benetint, for more than 7 days and tried out different makeup combinations with it and experimented on how I applied it. Turns, that was the solution.

Most people apply tints after their foundation, whether it’s liquid or powder foundation or BB cream. I did the same but it didn’t work. My cheeks itched. I tried different types of foundations and even BB cream. With liquid foundation, the foundation ate up the tint before I could have blended it. With powder foundation, the tint erased the foundation since the tint was liquid. I tried the Benefit Big Easy BB with Benetint and Lollitint as well, but was the same result with the powder foundation.

I was ready to give/sell my tints away if it were not for an upcoming sports fest I was participating in. I wanted to have color on my face without it seeming like I wore makeup on a sports event where I’ll be sweating. I also didn’t want to leave my face bare because I always look like a ghost after every workout (I don’t know where all the blood in my head goes to at such time). So I applied the most minimal of makeups. I applied the usual Benefit Porefessional (never leave home without it) and then applied Benetint on my cheeks. I then applied my powder foundation on top of the tint. On my lips, I dabbed Benetint on top of a clear lip balm. Then off I went to sweat!

Hooray! It was a success! I ran to the nearest mirror after one practice round and was pleased with the result. I looked naturally flushed with that “workout glow”. I didn’t look like a ghost. I guess for my skin type (sensitive, combination to oily skin with visible pores), this sequence is better: tint before foundation. And if I wanted to prolong the tint, then it’s primer, tint, then foundation. So even if I fail to retouch my makeup, I still have red/pinkish cheeks that give me that fresh look. 😉

Verdict: 9/10

I love Benetint especially. Lollitint, not so much because it’s more suited to light to fair skin color. I’m fair to morena.

Pros: lasts long (longer with primer), has a nice scent (for Benetint), dual purpose (for cheek and lips), nice build up of color

Cons: expensive, blending can be tricky, stains the fingers, has chemicals/parabens

Will I buy this? Of course! In fact, I love it so much that I went ahead and bought a full-sized Benetint before I finished my sample of Benetint.

I feel that this will be my go to lip/cheek product from now on, especially when I workout. 🙂 It also doesn’t hurt that I have the sample size Benetint, which I can just refill from the full-sized one, making it extra travel friendly.

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Are you a tint person or have tried tints before? Let me know what you think!

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. 🙂