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!

Unboxing the Snoe Glamourbox Special Edition

Six months after the first ever Glamourbox Special Edition, Glamourbox releases its second one, this time from Snoe! Ever since GB announced a partnership with Snoe (they carry a huge amount of Snoe products in the Boutique) I have foreseen, or at least hoped pretty hard, that they will release a special edition from Snoe. They didn’t disappoint! Glamourbox opens 2014 with a bang with this awesome Special Edition Snoe Glamourbox!

Warning: Photo-intensive post ahead! [You can click on each photo for a bigger size.]

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Unfortunately, unlike the Avon Glamourbox, the Snoe box just came in the standard Glamourbox print. It doesn’t really detract from the experience, but I am a huge fan of limited editions and would have wanted a Snoe-printed box to go with the Avon one. 😛

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Here is a sneak peek which I uploaded to twitter a few hours ago. Check out that big bottle teasing us with surprise goodness!

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This is the welcome card for this month. I like how that white burst really pops out and is a great representation of the new year. I will show you the back of it at the end of the post.

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Here are the contents of the box when you remove the welcome card. Check out those awesome products! Let me show them to you one by one, in the order of preference.

Let me first confess that I was hoping for a makeup-leaning box, but instead we get a more bath and body concentrated experience. I don’t really mind, honestly, since I do get to try Snoe products that I wouldn’t have thought of trying.

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In any case there is still one makeup product in the box: the Snoe Poudre Extraordinaire. I’ve seen a lot of rave reviews of this product, notably from Liz of Project Vanity, and I’ve been wanting to try this ever since. I received this really cute sample tub, and I think the shade is the lightest, Vanilla Creme. This is a mineral powder that contains acai berry, and claims to protect the skin from free radicals, tightens and smoothens fine lines yet totally blends naturally into the skin. Let us also not overlook the fact that this has SPF. I have no idea how much product this sample has, but the full size of 35g costs Php799. It didn’t come with a brush or sponge applicator.

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The next one in my favorites list is the biggest item in the box: Snoe Hair Heroes Agent Zero Cleansing Serum. It’s an all-around cleanser made specifically for sensitive skin (yay!), and contains no fragrance, sulfates, and silicones. It can be used for both hair and body, and claims to be gentle enough even for babies. I’m so excited to try this out! Check out the label design, I like the tux detail that supports the “Agent Zero” theme. Props also for having the manufacture and expiry dates clearly printed on the back. This is the full sized bottle (250ml) and costs Php599. This product alone pays back the cost of the subscription (Php595).

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I was very intrigued by this next product: Snoe Body Ritual Recipes Whipped Body Frosting Lotion. I had originally thought, hey that’s a really cute pink bottle. A closer look shows that the bottle is actually transparent, and it is the product that is actually pink! It’s a lotion filled with goodness in the form of Vitamin E, papaya extracts, and SPF15, and smells really great too! I love lotions and this is a welcome addition to my arsenal. This looks to be full sized, 150g, which costs Php249. It’s a little more expensive per gram compared to the Human Heart Nature body butters.

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Next we have a new form of the Beso Balm: the Bedside Besobalm Deep Moisturizing Lip Treatment in Pink Pout Pucker. It’s made to be used while sleeping, how cool is that! It’s also perfectly timed, as the cold weather is wrecking havok on lips. The welcome card claims that it “creates luscious pink lips”, so I’m thinking this has some amount of lip color/stain as well. This full size 4g tube costs Php249.

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We now come to a pair of soaps that Snoe was originally known for. These are both whitening soaps called Snow White Beauty Bar, and the variants I got were Organic Papaya and Lightening Licorice. The Organic Papaya one is an exfoliator and aims to treat blemishes and dark spots, while the Lightening Licorice is supposed to brighten and nourish skin for a younger complexion. While I am not really interested in whitening, I like interesting soaps like these so I am happy to receive them too. Each of these soaps is 150g and costs Php139. Again check out the manufacture and expiry dates printed on the back.

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Lastly we have the Snoe Fizzy Clean Foaming Hand Sanitizer. I am honestly not a big fan of fancy hand sanitizers as I am perfectly content with my bag mainstay (Bench Alcogel). Snoe’s hand sanitizer is supposed to be a quirky one because it foams up. This one is 50ml and costs Php179, which is really quite steep for a hand sanitizer. The bottle is also huge and obviously contains liquid, which makes it not quite portable.

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My impressions of the Snoe Glamourbox Special Edition: This is a much awaited box for me, and it mostly delivered! I like the fact that I get to try products I wouldn’t normally consider buying, and I still get to try a makeup item as well. Snoe is also (as far as I know) cruelty-free so I’m really quite happy about that.

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Value review: The total value of this box, excluding the poudre sample and the hand sanitizer, is Php1375. This is already more than twice the box cost of Php595! I really don’t mind the fact that a lot of that is just one product (agent zero) because I still get to try all these interesting items. Admittedly, this is also way less than the average box value of Glamourbox (Php1800) but keep in mind that I didn’t include the value of the poudre sample and the hand sanitizer. Again I am so so pleased with the Special Edition, and I’m really looking forward to the next one!

You can read more about the Snoe company at their website, and you can browse prices at their online store. Snoe products are available in various locations and can also be found at the Glamourbox Boutique.

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: Watsons

I’ve been itching to go shopping and finally I was able to find the time to do so. I ended up with this gigantic haul from Watsons near my office. Warning: Long Haul Post ahead.

Let’s start with this pair of Watsons Round Puffs, each a set of 100 cotton rounds. I got them both for Php89 (it was on a Buy 1 Take 1 sale). I will always need cotton rounds for my daily skincare, so I thought this was a fair buy.

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Next is Nouveau Classic Collection of 6 claw clips. I want to wear my hair down (instead of up in a ponytail as per usual) and clips are the best way to keep it tidy. This cost me Php 84.75.

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Speaking of hair, I’m on a mission to redeem my lifeless hair. I’ve already started by using the Pantene Miracle Water from my Dec-Jan BDJ Box and the Snoe Oil for All from my Feb Glamourbox. I decided to go for this Hair Treats Hair Spa in Argan Oil. The instructions are basically to massage onto scalp after shampooing and leave on for about 15 minutes with a shower cap, then rinse off. I’m hoping to do this once a week. This 250-g tub cost me Php72.75.

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Next is Myra VitaGlow Tinted Facial Moisturizer with SPF15 in Ivory. In the mornings I have usually been using my Celeteque Hydration Moisturizer plus either my Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream SPF30 or my Maybelline Shine Free Face Powder SPF18. Lately though I’m getting very pressed for time and I want a faster routine for those types of mornings. A tinted moisturizer would serve as moisturizer, sunblock, and face base at the same time and would save me loads of time. It comes sealed for your protection, and this 35-ml tube cost Php135.

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Since I couldn’t test it out in the store and there was only one available shade there (ivory), I decided to immediately break it out and swatch it.

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It may look a little too light for me, but blending it further makes it look more natural and closer to my skin tone.

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I also went ahead and bought two products from Ever Bilena: an eye pencil and a lipstick. This Evera Eye Pencil with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E is a very short brown pencil and cost only Php35.

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The lipstick I bought is Ever Bilena Matte Lipstick in Pink Flame, which cost Php155 (the most expensive item in this haul). It’s an MLBB shade that was the only one that struck my fancy among all the available shades, including those of other lipstick types.

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I went ahead and swatched both the eyeliner and the lipstick. The lipstick is a nice safe pink and the eyeliner is a dark brown, which is exactly what I was hoping for.

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Finally, what is a haul without nail products? I found that Color Trends has new shades (yay!) and I chose this yellow one called Sherbet Mango Yellow. It’s of course the usual price of Php19.75. Next is Bobbie Cocktail Hour Gradation Nail Polish in Pink Cadillac, for Php80. Lastly, a bottle of Chic Nail Color in Love Orchid, a dainty frosted pink, for Php29.25.

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The gradation nail polish is so interesting! I haven’t done gradation on my nails yet, and I can’t wait to find the time to try this out. I couldn’t resist opening it, to show you how sparkly this set is. Check out the glitters on that third bottle.

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There you have it! All these items cost me just a little over Php700. Have you tried any of these? Let me know!