Review: Goody TangleFix

Let’s be honest. I’m sure at some point or another you’ve thought that Goody is an expensive brand of hair stuff; I thought the same. That is, until I had personal experience with two of their hair brushes. The first was a standard hair brush (value: Php399) that I got from the BDJ Elite Girls’ Night Out. That turned out pretty well, and in fact I am still using it and it shows no sign of age.

My next brush from Goody is the TangleFix. It is undoubtedly their answer to the Tangle Teezer. I won mine from Nicole of Beauty and Sparkle, in one of her Freebie Friday contests. This brush retails for Php789.75.

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The TangleFix I received is the gray version. It looks really shiny and reflective here because the back is covered with some plastic which I haven’t removed yet. The brand is stamped on the fatter side.

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The size seems perfect in my hand! The grip is really good and does not cause the brush to fly out of my hand when I’m using it.

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The bristles are a combination of longish ones interspersed with short ones. This combo is what untangles the hair without pulling, and can be used with either dry or wet hair. The ends of the bristles are blunt and will not irritate the scalp.

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Does it work? Sometimes. There are certain days where the tangles are really bad and it takes several passes of the TangleFix to detangle it. It works best on wet hair I think. Is it worth almost Php800? I think it does, considering that it has the same level of sturdiness as Goody’s basic brushes. This brush will last you a long time!

Pros: very ergonomic; feels good on the scalp

Cons: pricey

Goody is available in most department stores. Follow Goody Philippines on Twitter here!

Saturday Shorts Vol. 4

Welcome to the fourth volume of Saturday Shorts! This week we will talk hair.

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1. Lucido-L Hair Make Supplement Treatment Oil for Straight

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This one was included in my September Favorites, and I got this from the SM Beauty Box. I love using this after bathing (on wet hair, basically), but it can also be used on dry hair. I think this is supposed to be used when blow drying hair, but I don’t have one of those so I just use this as a sort of leave on product. It makes my hair super soft and manageable the entire day, and I rarely need to put up my hair in a ponytail. It also keeps my hair from looking buhaghag. This will definitely be a rebuy.

2. Goody So Bright Styling Brush

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I’ve always considered Goody as a “nice to have” brand. They have really good looking (and apparently good performing) products, but the prices are pretty steep. Considering you can buy Paganini brand products for a fifth of the price or less, it’s pretty hard to justify buying Goody products. This is the main reason why I thought the BDJ Elite Box was a good purchase because it let me finally try a Goody brush without feeling too bad about it. I do love this brush a lot! It takes out the tangles pretty handily without pulling, and it feels so nice on the scalp. My daughter loves using this too! It’s also very easy to clean – I just pull out the strands of hair using my hands, and they usually all come out easily.

3. L’Oreal Paris Extraordinary Oil

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I had two misgivings when I saw that this is included in the BDJ Elite box: first is that I already had the Lucido-L product and this will be a redundant one, and that the L’Oreal Paris hairfall line didn’t really work for me. When I received this I knew I had to give this a shot. The bottle is just luxurious to look and feel, and the scent is wonderful as well! How does it perform for me? It actually does make my hair feel wonderfully soft and manageable. I alternate this with the Lucido-L treatment, and I usually use this on dry hair. I love hair oils now! Will I rebuy this? Maybe, but since I have this and the Lucido-L it will take me some time to finish both.

Haul: September

I expect to have less and less hauls as the months roll by. I’ve been spending too much and I’ve already received a lot of interesting stuff to try, so I have decided to tone down my purchases. Here are the things I bought for the month of September.

1. Artist Studio Foundation Brush and Lip Brush

This has been on my wish list for some time as I’m working my way to a complete set of Artist Studio brushes. The foundation brush costs Php79.75 while the lip brush is Php49.75.

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2. Gift from Celeteque

I received this unexpectedly in the mail this September. It came in a gigantic brown box and it contained this neat transparent tote. It also has these four Celeteque products that I don’t mind receiving at all: Soothing Lip Balm, Anti-Wrinkle Collagen Gel, Eye Tuck Plus Dark Circles Lightener, and the small version of the Cleansing Oil. Thank you Celeteque!

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3. Goody Event Loot Bag

I attended the Goody Come Play event last September 14, and received the following in the Loot Bag (clockwise from the top): Philips Avent resealable cup, Nippon Esthetics Wedge Sponges, blue Sharpie, PH Care Intimate Wash in Cool Wind sachet, Celeteque Soothing Lip Balm, Vitress Cuticle Coat, Vitress Hair Polish, 2x Goody Ouchless Elastics, vouchers from Beauty N Butter and Philips Avent. Thank you for the wonderful event, Goody!

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4. Nippon Esthetics Dual Ended Cotton Tips and Cleansing Sponge

In the same Goody event, I went over to the Nippon Esthetics booth and got a free cleaning of my brushes as well as a pack of cleansing sponges. I love how the cleansing sponges perform and I definitely appreciate receiving these. While waiting for my brushes to get clean, I saw this tub of cotton tips with the all-too-rare pointed ends. I immediately got one, and it costs only Php40. I use this a lot for cleaning up after doing nail art.

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5. Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner, Sweet Recipe Baby Choux Base in Mint, and Nail Remover Mild

It happened! Etude House Philippines has achieved 200k likes on FB, and as promised, they held a 20% off on ALL products. I went last September 16, the Pink Membership exclusive day. I wanted to get the whole range of the Wonder Pore (cleansing foam, freshner, clay mask) but unfortunately the Greenbelt branch only had the freshner. This big bottle costs Php798 normally, but with the sale it only costs Php638.40.

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I have also been waiting for the Mint Baby Choux Base to be released, but strangely EH seems to have phased out the tub version and only have the tube version now. It costs the same as before, normally at Php628, but with the sale it’s down to Php502.40.

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Lastly I wanted to get the mild version of the Nail (Polish) Remover. This is normally Php98, but I got it for just Php78.40. I was pleased with the Extra Strong version so I wanted to see how the mild one performs.

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6. Sampleroom

This month I was able to snag two Sampleroom loots. The first features the Shiseido Ibuki Eye Correcting Cream (awesome, this!), and I added a batch of Carbtrim to go with it. I’ve always wanted to try the new line from Shiseido and thanks to Sampleroom I was able to try the eye cream. I’ve always enjoyed drinking Carbtrim too. Now whether it works as claimed is still yet to be determined, as I am fairly inconsistent when drinking this. The eye cream is worth 70 points while the carbtrim is 45 points.

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The second set was when Sampleroom released the goodies from Beauty and Minerals makeup store. I immediately snagged myself the Charm brush (75 points) and I ordered the Inti-Mate Bra Converter (50 points) as well. The bra converter came in a set of three, but I immediately gave one to my sister-in-law so she can try it too.

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7. OMG Crystal Sand in Hematite, Indian Red, Emerald, and Citrine

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I of course couldn’t resist getting the rest of the set of OMG Crystal Sand. I’ve swatched the first three, and I decided to get the other four because it really is so worth it. It’s very pretty and there’s nothing more affordable than this! I bought this from Landmark, Trinoma.

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8. Erzullie Fashion Feast Sale

Erzullie is a brand I’ve recently discovered through twitter, and I like the fact that the ladies behind it are very hands on toward their customers. Erzullie is a clothing brand that caters to plus-size women, and designs pieces that flatter the curvier figure. I decided to give them a try when they held a sale of a whopping Php300 per item as long as supplies last. Unfortunately I came in too late, and didn’t really have the pieces I was eyeing beforehand. Nevertheless! I was able to snag four (plus one) items from the remaining stocks. I only have pictures of two in action (black blazer and bolero). The other two are a black palazzo pants and a black kimono top. (Puro black you ask? Ubos na yung mga colored, for my size! T_T ) As I mentioned earlier, each of these are just Php300 each, and are probably less than half of their full price. Amaaaazing. When I was going out the door Aries (one of the ladies behind the brand) gave me a cute skirt with huge white ruffles, a fun piece!

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9. Eye of Horus Nubian Brown Goddess Pencil

A last minute addition! I won the Glamourbox x Eye of Horus giveaway on facebook for one of ten EoH Nubian Brown Goddess Pencils, and it arrived on the same day that the Beauty SOS Glamourbox did. I really like how carefully Glamourbox does its packaging, making sure that my new pencil will not break in transit. I’ve only tried it once so far and I’m already liking it!

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There you have it! This haul isn’t as small as I initially thought!

Unboxing the BDJ Box Elite: Girls Night Out

I’m admittedly bitter about some things that happened lately, but I will choose to focus on the bright side. I got the second BDJ Elite Box to make myself feel better about things, and I have to say that it did cheer me up! I received this over the weekend and I eagerly took pictures for the unboxing.

The first thing I noticed is that there is no box. Yes, you heard that right. This Elite Box does not actually come with the big elite box that I got for the first one. It came in with a cardboard sleeve, and a humongous black pouch! The pouch is bigger than I expected, and a lot more glam too!

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Here are the products included in this Elite Box (they all fit into the pouch!).

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As usual it came with the set of cute cards that discuss each product, and included the size of the product included, and the price of the full-sized product (note: the product included is not necessarily all full sized as I’ll show you below).

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As there does not seem to have an order specified in the curation cards, I’ll do another Tellie and present them in the order of my preference.

1. Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream

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I definitely bought this set mainly for this product. I was a little sad that it was not full sized, but was only a teeny tiny 0.1oz sample. It’s great that I will be able to try this out as I’m still on the search for my HG eye cream and this is actually in my short list of eye creams to try. The full sized product is 0.5oz, and costs Php1800, so this sample should cost Php360. Benefit is largely cruelty-free. Update: Benefit does not test finished products on animals, but they do not guarantee the same for ingredients or chemicals. Thanks Carina for the info!

2. Fairydrops Platinum Mascara

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I’ve been reading raves about this mascara, primarily from Liz of Project Vanity, and I’ve always wanted to try it out. The price is a little steep at Php1195 for a tube of mascara so I’ve never gotten the nerve to buy one. Since it’s included in this Elite Box this is also a big reason why I purchased the box. I don’t have information on Fairydrops’ stance on animal testing. Update: Fairydrops is most probably a cruelty-free company as they are carried by Beauty Bar and BB’s brands are mostly CF.

3. Revlon Photoready BB Cream Skin Perfector

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I’m a big fan of Revlon, and have been wanting to try their BB creams for some time. Unfortunately they are not entirely a cruelty-free company so I’ve decided not to buy from them. However I will not turn my nose up when it is included in the Elite Box. I got the shade 020 Light Medium and I hope this is a good match for my skin tone. This is a full sized tube, 30ml, and costs Php725.

4. Goody So Bright Brush

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Goody is one of those brands that I deem “nice to have” because of the price of the products. I believe that they have good quality products, but it really is a little steeply priced for me. This Elite Box has one of their brushes! It’s just a standard hair brush (good quality though!) but it already costs Php399.75. I have made a preliminary test of this and I love how it feels on my scalp. I got the pink version which is my second-favorite color. I don’t have information on Goody’s stance on animal testing.

5. L’Oreal Paris Extraordinary Oil

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This would have been higher on the list, had I not just acquired the Lucido-L Hair Treatment from the SM Beauty Box. I am starting to be a fan of hair oils and this bottle seems really luxurious. Perhaps the heavy glass bottle (breakable!) and the gold sheen just screams luxury, but I’m definitely hoping this is a performer. This 100ml bottle costs Php499. L’Oreal is not cruelty-free.

6. Ralph Lauren Big Pony Fragrance

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Now this would have been lower on the list, except I’m actually out for a replacement for my everyday fragrance (I ran out of my FCUK body spray). BDJ gives you the choice of the four variants of this fragrance, and I chose RL Yellow (pear and mimosa). It turns out to be a roll on fragrance which is a first for me. I love how this smells so far. This 10ml roll on tube costs Php750. RL is not cruelty-free.

7. Nippon Cleansing Kit

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This is low on the list because I don’t really need a new makeup remover (I’m already contented with my current combo of Bifesta Cleansing Lotion and Celeteque Cleansing Oil). What I’m interested in is the Parian Wipe, which is a brush cleaner. The round sponges are a bonus and will definitely be used in the future. The total cost of this kit is Php410. I don’t have information on Nippon Esthetics’ stance on animal testing.

8. Covergirl Liquiline Blast Eyeliner

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The reason that this is last on the list is called Eye of Horus Eyeliner. This Covergirl eyeliner basically has the same function as the EoH one and I’m not even using that often. This one costs Php450. I don’t have information on Covergirl’s stance on animal testing. Update: Covergirl is not cruelty-free.

Bonus: Goody Come Play! Invite

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This would actually be #3 on the list since I would really want to go to this event!

My impressions of the Girls Night Out Elite Box: I love that almost all the items in this box is full sized. Only the Benefit eye cream and the brush wipes and sponges are the sample sized ones. It also seems that the products really do tie in with the overall theme of the box (Girls Night Out) and I can see myself really using almost all of the products in that respect. I love the pouch as well and would not scoff at using it as my clutch for an event.

Value review: The total value of the box is around Php4700, which is around 3 times the cost of the subscription (Php1680). Most of the value is in the first three items, which I would have paid to buy. All the other items can be considered free, and is definitely such a great value. To be honest the Covergirl eyeliner is the only one I didn’t want to get from this. And I get a nice pouch too! I’d say this Elite Box is a great buy.