Saturday, April 30, 2011

Nanny Rose's Sticks and Pulls: I HATE!

I have a problem with unwanted hair sometimes, especially if there is a stubborn regrowth on my legs. I try to keep my legs as smooth and soft as possible, so I always make sure to visit my favorite salon to ask for waxing services. I've been doing this for a year now, so it's safe to say I have tried almost every type of waxing: cold wax, hot wax, sugar wax and even that blue weird wax that take forever to pull away. I am naturally curious of the processes and how efficient salons are with waxing. I love the feeling of softness and complete smoothness afterward.



I wish they were my legs but no! :P

Aside from salon trips, I have also tried packaged waxes like the Strip It Natural Sugar Wax from http://stripit.multiply.com; I've ordered a bunch of them together with my friends in the past. Because of my good experience with pre-packaged DIY wax, I tried Nanny Rose's Sticks and Pulls. It is available in selected Watson's stores and was priced almost the same with Strip It's smaller jars.



Sticks and Pulls, taken from philstar.com

Mind that this post, as obvious from the title, is a rant. I absolutely did not like Nanny Rose' Sticks and Pulls AT ALL. It pretty much failed the moment I used it as a hot wax and did not deliver at all when I tried using it as a cold wax! SO MUCH FAIL I just couldn't believe it! And to think I really was looking forward to it too.

I wanted to love it since it's made from 50g of natural honey wax ingredient and had a 3 pcs of nice waxing cloth. BUT!!! The included "two wooden spatulas", as they'd like to call it to deceive us, are not at all what you would expect as a wooden spatula! They are stupid popsicle sticks. AND NOT EVEN THE STURDY KIND! Noooo... They gave me these brittle popsicle sticks in my package. These TWO broke one after the other when I tried to use it to stir cool the hot wax.

Also, THE PACKAGE DOES NOT TELL YOU HOW MANY MINUTES YOU POP IT IN THE MICROWAVE. WTF. Since I bought 3 of them, I got the first one and left it at a nominal 10 seconds, and when I opened the microwave, the wax was bubbling all over making a mess inside! I guess it was my fault that I FOLLOWED THE INSTRUCTIONS TO HEAT IT FOR 10 seconds?!?! IDK! Most of the wax was spilled inside my microwave, and it took so long to cool the remaining contents. Even after like 30-40 mins of cooling down, my finger was still hurting from testing and re-testing the temperature of the wax.

So I got another Sticks and Pulls package to use it as a cold wax and tried the almost impossible task of spreading it on a small area on my legs. Two popsicles broke. Those things are just trash, I tell you. Once I managed to do it, I covered the wax with the cloth and pulled it. Then I discovered that JUST A VERY SMALL AMOUNT of tiny hairs were stuck on the wax, and MOST OF THEM WERE STILL ON MY LEG! I had to pull and re-pull just to remove them, and I thought Thank goodness this was not on any other part of my body, I would be grimacing so bad if I had to pull more than twice on any other sensitive body part!

Because of all these MAJOR FAIL from Sticks and Pulls wax, I got my third box and, along with the 2 other opened wax jars, I THREW THEM IMMEDIATELY IN THE TRASH CAN. That's why there are no photos that I took because I threw them away that's how disappointed I am. The company now can be very happy now that they have wasted my money. I wish I used it to buy my favorite face wash or something, I would have been more satisfied!

Never repurchasing!

Please note that this review was made by testing on my own skin and my own capacity for use of the product mentioned above. It is not the intention of this blog to encourage nor dissuade you to test this product for yourself, as I was not paid nor coerced to do any of the two. The words are a reflection of my own experience alone. You may or may not have the same experience as I did. I would like you to note that this isn't even what anyone would consider a proper review, since there is no objectivity to the view above, no PROs or CONs to compare, nor there was any extolling of virtues and limitations of this product.

I will be doing a more proper review soon, with the goal of being objective and fair. See you then!



Sunday, April 24, 2011

Reading Circle Book Hunt Activity

DAVAO CITY --- There are very few outdoor activities that you can do while walking around with a book in hand, that's why I was very happy to have participated in the first ever Easter Book Hunt organized by my friend, Chi!

A few members of the Davao Reader's Circled were present, including Dom of VillageIdiotSavant (We were so sorry he couldn't stay long! Next time we'll try to be earlier!) as well as Julienne, Chi and me! There were a few more people who joined in on the fun a little bit later, and just a few talks about the books we were currently reading, we all became fast friends.


That's me being surrounded by book worm friends, peace-signing like a boss!


I bought 4 books to give away and at the end of the Book Hunt activity, I also managed to hunt 4 treasures! :D It was a particularly sunny day and the company of my bookworm friends has made it even brighter :)

Majolica Majorca Puff de Cheek and Etc!

My sister and two of my nieces flew to Japan for their vacation, and judging from the pictures they were having such a blast! I'm glad they got to enjoy their time there,
sightseeing and most of all eating a lot.

They arrived just last week and they bought a lot of chocolates and stuffed toys, things that normal girls would find very thrilling, but they also bought me Majolica Majorca, one of my first product from the Spring release!

I've always always wanted it and it's so cute that my nieces bought this for me!!! I now have the Majolica Majorca Puff de Cheek! Hahah so they know how much I love this brand. And I am all the more grateful that they chose a blush-on! If you remember the My Wishlist is Blushing post, I have no blushers until today.

The Puff de Cheek in PK301 "Peach Macaron" is the most beautiful peach blusher I have ever seen. It's not very evident in my photos since I've resized them but it has finely-grounded powder with a pretty peach color and very light glitter! Just very light, enough to catch light and reflect a bit back for that nice glow.

It has a pretty little puff to complete with a bow. It is so soft and so very pretty! I can't stand to use it yet so I used the Ellana Minerals mini kabuki brush. I really love this. My collection is growing slowly and I treasure each and every one of them.

Aside from the Puff de Cheek, they also bought some loots from the Hakyen Shop, a UV Lip cream with Collagen and another blush on! Now I've got two! From zero to many! :)


I thank my little nieces for thinking of me even though they were so far away! And thank you to you for reading! ^______^

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Elf Cosmetics : Liquid foundation and Brushes!

Hi! I'm happy to report back in!

Taking a very short break from my Asian make-up line, I took a chance to try out Elf Cosmetics which have been bought, featured and reviewed by so many bloggers. Some recommend them immensely and some hate it to bits. The mixed reviews made me hesitate trying it out, so it took me a while to finally purchase for myself. Because I rationalized in the end that it's not about the brand itself but which product was bought, as it's more on a hit or miss as far as I observe.

Looking from their site, the Elf Studio Line looked really impressive. It's not the usual pink and pastel princesssy look that I like in a make up packaging, instead it's all sleek and black and serious looking.

I wasn't really looking for anything specific so I ordered the two most popular brushes and the new Elf Studio Flawless Finish liquid foundation in Buff:




I've read a lot of hate about the brushes smelling ugly (!) like a mix of plasticky commercial scent. But upon further inspection and washing them, it wasn't natural to the brushes. Meaning, it was the plastic cover thing that came with the brush that caused it to smell like that. I threw the cover away.


After washing the brushes, they remained very firm but soft! The Elf flat top brush is definitely worth buying. I can't believe it's so nice for something priced so low!




And below is my nifty Elf powder brush that may be lacking in the fluffiness department, but is resilient but very gentle all the same... It has the same price as the flat top



Aside from the Elf tools, I also added the Elf Flawless Finish foundation to my purchase. I don't really use a lot of foundation but I figured that my Maybelline AngelFit is running out (bought two small tubes a year ago that lasted me until this month!!! thats how I DON'T use foundation XD ) And I heard that the AngelFit line has been discontinued PLUS the all new Fit from Maybelline has to hit our shores, I was on the look out for a replacement.



I am sorry to say I didn't do much research on this foundation. I read that it was "Oil-free" so I automatically assumed this is best for Oily skin. My fault. I have a lot of gripes about this foundation, sadly. This looked really nice, very Elf Studio Line with the pump and the frosted glass.


The foundation, though Oil-free has Mineral Oil in the ingredients. I've read a bit of tidbit enough to know that Mineral Oil is not very good for your face. Also, this is why you can read from the small pamphlet that comes with it that it is onlt "semi-matte". Almost rrrrraged but meh, it's my fault anyway for not looking into it more and clicking on the Buy button too fast. :)

Again, Elf Cosmetics seems like a Hit or Miss with their products. At least I got some products right with this batch of orders.