Welcome to part 2 of my ambitious nail polish remover review project! To refresh your memory, I plan to review as many nail polish remover brands as I can. Here is the photo of all the polish removers I have.
I started with three drugstore brands two weeks ago. For this installment I will review the nail polish removers from The Face Shop, Dazzle Dry, and Flormar.
The Face Shop Lovely Me:Ex Nail Remover
This is the first of my three pink nail polish removers. I got this from one of The Face Shop stores (Trinoma, I believe), for about Php95 if I am not mistaken. This Lovely Me:Ex Nail Remover in 01 Pink bottle has 100ml of product in it, and has a child-proof safety cap. It has a nice floral scent that is not at all offensive to the nose. As you can see from the fluid level, I haven’t used this a lot. It is not that efficient in removing nail polish which is why I don’t use it very often. Contrary to what the name says, it doesn’t remove your nails, but it does remove nail polish. The Face Shop is not cruelty-free.
Dazzle Dry Lemongrass Nail Polish Remover
Ah, now we come to my favorite nail polish remover. As an avid Dazzle Dry user, it makes sense for me to be using the Dazzle Dry Lemongrass Nail Polish Remover. It does remove DD polishes efficiently; usually it takes only one (and a half, sometimes) cotton rounds to remove polish from all ten fingernails. It also removes other brand nail polishes with only slightly less effectiveness. This 240ml bottle costs Php375, which may seem a bit steep. However as it is very efficient in removing polish, it lasts for quite some time. As you can see I’m just halfway through the bottle, and believe me I use this quite a lot! The scent of lemongrass is admittedly a bit strong, but it doesn’t bother me too much. The product is very gentle and doesn’t dry out the nails and the skin around them. The only disadvantage I see with this is that it can only be ordered online (or maybe from select salons), and sometimes they run out of stock. Dazzle Dry is cruelty-free.
Flormar Nail Polish Remover in Orchid Complex
Lastly for this installment, I have my second pink nail remover. Flormar Nail Polish Remover in Orchid Complex has 125ml of product, and costs Php149, which is one of my more expensive ones on a per milliliter basis. I think it smells the best of all removers that I have, as the orchid scent smells so good. However it has approximately the same level of removal efficiency as The Face Shop’s. Flormar is available in many SM Malls as well as Watsons branches. I believe Flormar does not test their final products on animals.
With great excitement I’ve been waiting for August 1, for that is when the SM Beauty Box will be available. I’ve been reading about it from the big beauty bloggers, and I’m pretty much stoked about this box. SM/Watsons Beauty Box is available in only four SM branches (I bought mine at SM Makati), and it costs Php799. It’s a humongous box (read: super large!) that has a LOT of products inside.
When I went to SM Makati there were about five stacks of three or four of these boxes on display. Each box is sealed with a sticker, and the sales ladies could not agree whether it is okay to open it for visual inspection. Since I was interested in keeping the box pristine, I refused to have them open the box, hoping that all the contents promised would be inside.
The box is about a foot and a half square (yes it’s really that big!) and about 3-4 inches high. It opens on the side with the SM and Watsons logos, and it has a pair of (weak) magnets to hold it closed. The box itself is made with stiff cardboard. This box is one of the reasons I bought this pack, because I can find many uses for this. Upon opening you see a large assortment of products that you can usually see in any Watsons branch.
Since there are just so much products in here, I’m going to take a page out of Tellie‘s book and just talk in detail about the things I’m excited about. These would be the products that made me decide to get the box in the first place. The prices that I’m listing here are based on what I saw at the store, and the others based on information I found on the internet.
First is Nanny Rose Gugo & Lawat Anti-hairfall Shampoo (Php99). I currently have a hairfall problem which the L’Oreal anti-hairfall line wasn’t able to resolve completely. I was prepared to buy another brand, but luckily the SM Beauty Box had this. I’ve heard so much good stuff about Nanny Rose, so I’m quite hopeful that this will help my hair problem.
Next is this Lucido-L Hair Make SUpplement Repairing Oil for Straight (Php295). I saw this on Tricia‘s blog and was interested in trying it out. Initially I thought it was intended only for curly hair, but this variant proved otherwise. Admittedly my hair isn’t really all that straight (it’s more of the wavy type) but I’d like to see what this does for me.
Next item is Olay Regenerist Micro-sculpting Eye Cream and Lash Serum Duo. I’m looking for my HG eye cream (sadly Celeteque’s didn’t really do much for me) and it’s great that SM Beauty Box had one. These Olay products are much smaller than their box implies (although it does say the contents at the bottom of the box). I’m probably not using the lash serum though. I had a hard time finding out how much this costs so I’m estimating it at Php300. EDIT: RachelS says this retails for Php1500!
Of course the single nail polish in the box will be in this list! Flormar Magnetic Twist Nail Enamel is my second Flormar nail polish (the first being the Supershine), and my first magnetic polish! I’m quite excited to try this out. I wanted to see what the magnet looked like, but the box is actually sealed. How sanitary! Again I couldn’t find pricing information, so my estimate is at Php150.
Lastly, this quad of Quick FX products is very intriguing. Surprisingly too, since these are in sachets and I hate sachets, but these have that pretty interesting spout system going on. Specifically I’m excited about the Eyelift Cream (see Olay entry above) and the Tinted Moisturizer. Prices vary from Php49 to Php99.
Let me show you the rest of the products in the box. First we have a duo of Beyond Care products (body lotion and body wash) and an interesting tin of Snake Brand Prickly Heat Cooling Powder (Php69). These three are actually also interesting, but didn’t make the cut in the list above because I wouldn’t have been sad if these weren’t included. However I am a fan of body lotions and powders, so I am happy that I got these. I have no information on the prices of the lotion and body wash. My estimate is at Php60 each.
Next is a trio of hair products. There is a giant tub of Opal Hot Oil Cream Conditioner (Php100+), a tube of Vitress Solenn (?!) Hair Cuticle Coat (Php47), and a huge box of Palty Hair Color in Namachoco Waffle (Php499). I still have the tub of Hair Treats hair spa from a haul way back so I’m not that excited about the conditioner. I don’t like leave-on stuff in hair much, so I’m probably not using the Vitress tube. And lastly my job and position probably frowns on colored hair, so I’m skipping on the Palty box as well.
Next batch is a pack of Purederm Make-up Cleansing Tissues (Php99), a bottle of Skinklens Gentle Skin Cleanser (looks remarkably similar to Cetaphil)(Php260), a tube of Evas Vitamin Hand Cream (Php139), and a tube of Essence Lip Gloss in True Love (about Php139). I’m actually interested in most of these, but again I wouldn’t have been sad if these weren’t included.
And finally the bunch of sachet stuff: Botanical Choice Exfoliating Foot Mask (Php189.75), FINE Hyaluron & Collagen (Php110) and Metabo Coffee packs, and Purederm Snail Age Regenerating Multi-step Treatment. I’m actually interested in that last one since I like masks. Oh and I’m not averse to trying the coffee either. Again I couldn’t find any price information for the coffee and the snail treatment. My estimates are Php80 and Php150 respectively.
My impressions of the SM Beauty Box: This is a pretty good buy, if I may say so. I really like the box itself, and those five items listed above are things I would actually have bought. The other items are a nice topping to this already wonderful cake. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this box.
Value review: SM Beauty claims that the items are worth over Php4000. My estimates come up to only Php2900, so it might be too conservative. Regardless, even the estimate is more than twice (nay, thrice!) of the cost of the box, Php799. There can be no doubt that this is worth the investment. It has 18 (!!) products from a wide range of categories and brands, which is a great sampler if you are unfamiliar with these brands.
Will you be getting a box for yourself? Did you get one already? Which products are you excited about?
It may be a little early since it’s just the first-ish week of June, but this post serves a reminder for me to stop buying things. You’ll see that I’ve bought a ton of stuff, and I need to consider the wisdom of splurging like this (I’m supposed to be frugal!). I do want to show you the things I bought as a preview of the reviews I’ll be posting soon, and to tell you where to get these things and for how much.
First up is L’Oreal Paris Fall Repair 3x trio of products. I got the big versions of the shampoo (Php110) and conditioner (Php119) from Watsons, and I also got the leave-in tonic (Php259) from SM Department Store (Makati). I bought these to finally address my ongoing hairfall issue. I’ll report back in about a month or so to tell you if these things worked for me.
I finally caved in and bought this Celeteque Brightening Multi-benefit BB Cream (Php325, Watsons). I couldn’t stand just reading about it on the internet, so I went ahead and tried this for myself. After a few days of use, I can say as a short review that this is a great everyday BB cream that’s very reasonably priced.
Hooray! I finally found time to drop by SM Makati, and went straight to the Essence booth in the department store. I bought a couple of items: Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base (Php189) and Essence Kajal Pencil in Everybody’s Darling (Php79). I’ve only so far been able to try the Kajal Pencil. I love the color payoff and the fact that it’s pretty long lasting, however the product is very soft and needs a very light touch to apply. I’ll definitely post a review of both of these soon.
I also got a couple of nail polish removers from SM Department Store as well. I am planning a comparison post of nail polish removers, and I wanted a good range of brands. These two are the Cutex Caring Nail Polish Remover (Php59, 59ml) and Flormar Nail Polish Remover in Orchid Complex (Php149, 125ml).
I’ve already shown these in my previous post, but I got my first nail art tool. It’s the BK Nail System Dotting Tool (Php69, Landmark Trinoma). It has two heads: a standard straight dotting head and a bent-tip dotting head. I love this tool and I think I can probably not buy further dotting tools.
I paid a visit to the Commonwealth branch of Human Heart Nature and got this Body Butter Cream in Berry Bliss (Php279). I love this body butter so much as it feels very decadent and smells so wonderful! I pamper with this about once a week after a good long bath. I also bought the May-June magalogue. I got a tip from Aya of CodenameAya that my blog was mentioned there. And it is! I’m still pretty much in shock. I’ll post pictures of that soon.
This next one is a confession. I went ahead and purchased more stuff from Dazzle Dry since they extended the sale until June 15! I got four (yes four!) more lacquers (Php399 each) and a bottle of nail polish remover (Php325, 240ml). The four shades are (L-R) Strawberry Macaron, Heart of Fire, Love’s Secret, and Electrifying. The polish remover is called Dazzle Dry Lemongrass Nail Polish Remover, which I intend to include in that future comparison post.
And there you have it! I think I may have a couple of other things I purchased but I don’t remember right now. I’ll update this post when I found those other things, or just consolidate them in another haul post. I don’t really intend to get any more stuff except for more brands of nail polish remover.
Let me know in the comments below which of these you want reviewed first!
Another item from my Dec-Jan BDJ Box that’s used almost everyday is the Flormar Longwearing Lipstick in L35. Here’s the shot from my unboxing post:
As you can see, it comes in an attractive black plastic tube, with white lettering for the brand and lipstick name. You can’t see it much from these pictures but the bottom and top part of the tube is transparent. Here are a few more shots of the tube:
The lipstick itself is a sort of bright pink, or perhaps dark rose.
It may look pretty bright on the tube, but it comes on the lips as an acceptable shade of pink. It’s very wearable, and I’ve actually taken to using it on an everyday basis.
Here’s the swatch on my arm:
And here’s the product applied on my lips.
How longwearing is it? Very. It pretty much stays on the lips until I eat or drink. What I found a little strange with this lipstick is that it requires me to put on lip balm first before application. If I didn’t, the lipstick would streak and settle into the lines of my lips. Not really a pretty sight. On the other hand, I almost never go without lip balm anyway, so it’s not really a big issue.
I heard that you can find Flormar products in SM Megamall. This particular lipstick costs Php349.
Pros: reasonably priced; shade suits me
Cons: fades when eating or drinking; requires lip balm underneath
One of my most anticipated products that I received in my Dec-Jan BDJ Box is the Flormar Supershine Nail Enamel (Php99). The shade I received is 320. I was finally able to find the time to swatch it. Here’s the bottle. I like that it has a grooved shape to make it easier to unscrew.
The brush is not bad.
Shade 320 is a lovely dark rose and can be considered office appropriate.
Here’s the swatch for the first layer:
Finally, this is the final appearance when the top coat is added:
Pros: inexpensive; office-appropriate; non-cylindrical cap makes it easy to unscrew; scent is not overwhelming
It’s been a long time coming, but finally the December-January BDJBox is here! According to their twitter account, there has been some delay in the processing of their boxes that is not of their doing. As they have been very forthcoming with information about the delay, I don’t really mind it. It’s just been hard to keep the excitement in check! They decided to call this the Dec-Jan box, because I assume this is supposed to have been sent as the December box, but was shipped out in January.
Now on to the unboxing!
The box of course is the same as my November BDJ box. The nice surprise of this package is the included BDJ Forget-Me-Not Ideas Journal, which is a good-quality notepad with dotted lines instead of the usual solid lines. This notepad is the BDJ team’s way of apologizing for the delay of the December box, which was a pretty nice touch and much appreciated. I would definitely be able to use this for work.
Upon opening the box, the usual welcome card will greet you. This box’s theme is “Beauty for the Better”. A set of five stickers is also included, each saying “I am beautiful in my own way.” It’s a pretty nice and empowering reminder, and I am definitely putting this next to my november sticker. The box itself holds an enticing bunch of products that I can’t wait to try. As a quick aside, this box feels a little less packed than the november box.
The first product that will leap out at you is this big bottle of Pantene Pro-V All Day Smooth Miracle Water. It’s obviously full sized. It’s supposed to be similar to a leave-on conditioner wherein you apply this after your bath, and you leave the product on afterwards. I took a quick sniff and was pleased to find a nice scent. I am definitely looking forward to giving this a shot.
The next two items had me tickled. They are both from a brand called Flormar, which the welcome card says is a Turkish brand. This first one is Flormar Longwearing Lipstick, and it’s in a nice shade of delicious pink! I’m very glad they gave me a pink shade, as I’m more likely to go around with pink lips than with red ones. One of the bloggers I follow, Yette, received a red shade.
The second product from Flormar is this Supershine Nail Enamel. A nail polish! I get a nice lipstick, and a nail polish from the same brand! It looks like an appropriate shade of pinkish-red polish that I can wear to the office too. I am already liking this box a lot. Just a side note again, Yette received a blue polish.
I got a second lip product in this box in the form of Snoe Beauty Beso Balm. I’ve always wanted to try out the Snoe brand since I seem to see a lot of raves for it. What perfect timing! It also has very humorous warning for use: “Prolonged use may attract opposite gender and cause intense flirting.” I took an experimental sniff, and immediately liked the scent – a sort of pepperminty smell. Both this and the Flormar lipstick immediately found their way into my purse.
After Php750 worth of full-sized products, we now come to the sample-sized ones. The first one to catch my attention is this Etude House Moistfull Collagen Trial Kit (Emulsion and Freshner). I was quite taken with the review of the Wonder Pore line from Liz of Project Vanity, but was never able to find the opportunity to see for myself. This seems to be a great way to try out a similar product, which also helps tighten pores according to the welcome card. I know it looks like a single pack, but it has two tubes inside it.
Next is a Pevonia Botanica Phyto Gel Cleanser. I’ve heard good things about Pevonia, which is a premium brand judging from the price of the full sized product. Unfortunately I am still in the process of trying out the Shiseido facial cleanser from the november box, so it will probably take some time before I can test out this Pevonia cleanser.
Lastly we have a sampler of Britney Spears Radiance Fragrance. To be honest I’m not really a fan of celebrity scents; I couldn’t see the point of it. This is in addition to not being a fan of perfume to start with, so I wasn’t really very thrilled to see this included in the box. The smell coming from the sample tube isn’t that bad though, so I should probably give it a chance.
But wait! There’s more! BDJ included bonus samplers (which they also did in the november box actually, but I wasn’t able to mention it in my unboxing). In this case both samplers are from Tony Moly, another Korean beauty brand. This first one is a couple of samples of Tomatox Magic White Massage Pack. I had wanted to see what a “massage pack” is, but the writing at the back of the samplers are in Hangul.
The second Tony Moly sampler is Broccoli Sprout Cleansing Cream. Unfortunately it’s another facial cleansing cream, and I already have a long line of things to try. It looks pretty interesting though, being broccoli-based. I hope to find time to try this out.
A BDJ box is incomplete without the generous inclusion of vouchers: 1. L’Oreal X-tenso Moisturist (Php2000 off) and Inoa Hair Color Services (Php1000 off) redeemable at Azta Urban Salons, expires end of Feb; 2. Browhaus Php500 cash voucher; 3. Tony Moly 10% off Skin Care Voucher, expires end of Jan; 4. Etude House 10% off Skin Care Voucher, expires end of Jan. I can see myself using either the Tony Moly or the Etude House vouchers, since I really like playing with Korean beauty products.
My impressions of the Dec-Jan box: I am happy to see that even though they are running late, BDJ is still able to deliver a kick-ass box. There are no signs of decline in quality of products and brand choice. I’m hoping that this is just a snag caused by the holiday rush, and it’s not going to turn into a habit.
I’m also pleased to feel the degree of personalization in each box, which I am supposing came from the choices I picked in the BDJ quiz. Last month only the Yuka nail polish removers had variations, while this month the Flormar lipstick and nail polish shades vary depending on your choices.
I will definitely buy the succeeding boxes. I am impressed with the team’s choices of products, making me feel that they really put care and thought into the boxes.