Human Heart Nature: A Mix of Hits and Misses

Late last month, I went to the Davao branch of Human Heart Nature to buy a bunch of  products.  Why Human Heart Nature?  Well, first off, I was looking to buy affordable organic skincare products.  And secondly, I have read really good reviews about the brand’s skincare and haircare line.

So I went home with the following items:

+ Citrus Burst Spray Sanitizer, P175

+ Nourishing Facial Wash, P190

+ Nourishing Face Toner, P160

+ Sunflower  Beauty Oil, P130

+ Purifying Facial Scrub, P105

+ Soothing Aloe Strengthening Shampoo, P130

+ Soothing Aloe Strengthening Conditioner, P145

+ Avocado and Gugo Mark Intensive Hair Mask, P280

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Great Buys from Victoria Plaza Department Store

Can I just say I love Victoria Plaza Department Store? For those who have no idea where Victoria Plaza Department Store is, well, it’s in Davao City. The department store is inside Victorial Plaza Mall, the oldest mall in the city. And it is my go-to place for haircare, skincare, and beauty tools because they sell really nifty items at great prices.

During my most recent visit, I picked up a number of items:

1. Babo nail clipper, P49.75 – This one’s for my vanity kit. To be honest, I don’t really need a new clipper but who can resist this one?

2. Trikeel beauty scissors, P79.75 – This is my second pair from Trikeel. My first pair broke after a year of use. Not bad, methinks.

3. Hair turban, P39.75 – This one’s great for those DIY hair and facial treatments at home. Makes me look like I’m serious with my haircare and skincare regimen. ^-^

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On Blushes and Bronzers

I cleaned my vanity tray earlier and also checked every single one of my makeup items for signs of spoilage or contamination. Fortunately, everything’s in tip-top shape so there was no need for me toss anything into the trashbin.



1.  NARS  bronzing stick (Palm Beach)

2.  NYX blush (sand)

3. Victoria’s Secret BeachSexy Luminous bronzer

4. The Face Shop Lovely ME:EX (orange)

While doing the dusting and the wiping, I was mentally counting how many items I have. And I’m proud to say that I’m down to…..26! The small figure is expected since I try to limit my purchases to what I really need hence the single tube of mascara, a compact, a tube of BB cream, the 3 tubes of lipstick…
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Wise Buys: Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer + Avon SuperExtend Mascara

2013 is yet another year of wise buys for me.  I think it was last year when I decided  to limit my makeup purchases to what I really need  (or was it in 2011?).  I’m not a makeup junkie anyway so not having a big makeup collection doesn’t really bother me at all. Nor do I envy those who have an cosmetic armoire filled with rows and rows of expensive products.

But there’s always a right time for a girl to add a few items to her makeup stash.

Early this year, I discarded my Maybelline mascara because I’ve been using it for more than 3 months.  It was my one and only mascara so I was  lucky when an Avon dealer offered to sell me the Avon SuperExtend Mascara (black)  for only P200.  And I’m glad I bought it as it’s great at lengthening my eyelashes.  Think Lancome Definicils kind of lengthening.   However, this mascara isn’t perfect because it is not the quick-dry type and has the tendency to clump if you apply too many coats.

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A Dab Will Do: Is It Worth It to Pay More for Skin Care Products?

A Dab Will Do

It seems that people are becoming more attentive in caring for their health. Across our nation, gym memberships are up, personal trainers are on the rise, more people are buying health insurance policies, organic food sales are up and even sales in trends such as balance bracelets are launching higher. Despite these increases, people seem to be neglecting one important area of their health—skin care. Consumers aren’t objecting to paying more for organic carrots, yet they continue to buy cheap lotions from the local drug store. Your skin is not only a vital part of your health; it is also a big part of your overall appearance. Read on to learn why investing in a good quality skin care product is one of the best investments you can make, and why paying more for a product can be worth it.

Pick your potion 

Before your online shopping spree begins, you need to identify what your main skincare needs are. Do you suffer from acne, rosaceous, wrinkles, blotchy skin, oily skin, dry skin, etc? In order to get results, you need to focus on one product for one condition at a time. For example, if you have acne and wrinkles, don’t treat your face with multiple products. Choose the one that is the easiest to cure, treat it, and then move on to treating the next condition. In this case, you would treat the acne and then the wrinkles. By mixing the products, you may not get the best results.

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