Thursday, September 11, 2014

Pregroe Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner

While some are born with perfect locks, some of us may need a little extra help. I've stopped hair straightening and perming (once!) my hair around 7 years ago and I think it was the best thing I did for my hair. While I still do hair coloring sometimes, I compensate by treating my hair with extra care and using products that would improve its health.

I am used to sulfate-free shampoos that don't lather up much. They're gentle, but when used consecutively may have the tendency to cause product buildup which results to oily hair and scalp. Eww. I switch things up often, so here's my current shampoo and conditioner.

Pregroe Hair Care System

A hair care system that is medically proven to make strands healthier and thicker. It contains organic ingredients such as rosemary extracts, seaweed extracts, chamomile extracts, and aloe vera extracts. Pregroe Hair Care System is complete with shampoo, conditioner and gel.

Pregroe Thickening Shampoo

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Pregroe Thickening Shampoo smells floral fresh. It lathers and cleans my hair well without leaving it dry.

Pregroe Thickening Conditioner

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Pregroe Thickening Conditioner has a similar scent to the shampoo. It's able to moisturize my hair without leaving it oily.

What I like best about this duo is how it's able to rid my hair and scalp of the excess oil and dirt gently. Whenever I use both the shampoo and conditioner, my hair would already feel soft as I rinse off the product. I also love that my hair is bouncier and more voluminous whenever I use the Pregroe Hair Care System.

Like Pregroe Hair Care System on Facebook for more information and hair care tips!

I've noticed that whenever a shampoo and conditioner duo is made for "hair regrowth" or "hair thickening" it gives the hair a very thorough cleanse. I think maybe it's because of the next step, which is to treat the hair loss. If you need more help with regards to hair regrowth, then you may like this:


Minoxidil Regroe is a topical re-growth treatment that stimulates hair growth from traumatized hair follicles. It is the first ever painless cure to hair growth problems in the Philippines with Minoxidil as the main ingredient. With 3%, 5% and 6% formulation, Regroe is available in all leading drugstores and supermarket nationwide. Solve your hair loss problem using Regroe, the effective hair grower.

Like Minoxidil Regroe on Facebook for more information.

Our hair is our crowning glory, so we must always take care of it! What is your current hair care regimen?

Love,
Helen

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tony Moly Tony Lab AC Control Whitening Toner

Whenever people would compliment my skin, they'd get surprised that I guiltily admit of caring for it guerrilla-style. Like, salicylic acid toner everyday or else I'd break out... and sometimes skipping my acne-clearing gel moisturizer for when I get lazy. As a result, I don't have much pimples, but because of the anti-acne products I've been using to prevent acne, I end up having dry patches on my face sometimes.

To switch things up a bit, I decided to try a super gentle toner. I'm usually iffy with new skincare products, but the AC Control Whitening Toner from Tony Moly looked so nice with its sleek and serious packaging, so I got swayed. Haha!

Tony Moly Tony Lab AC Control Whitening Toner
Toner for Adjusting and Whitening Skin Texture

Whitening toner for adjusting skin texture and brightening dull skin tone. Eases the stress on skin through soft contact on skin and the soothing Centella Asiatica extract keeps skin healthy.


Directions for use are pretty simple. After washing your face, dispense the product onto a cotton pad (or your hands) and  gently spread the product onto your face.


It contains Niacinamide and Arbutin to brighten the skin, plus a whole lot of natural extracts to soothe it at the same time. This toner smells nice, but the good thing is that fragrance is the last ingredient on the list.


The manufacturing date is printed on the base of the bottle, and this toner is good for 12 months from the time you open it.


I like the pump packaging since it's hygienic and convenient to use. No spills! The bottle itself looks so fancy, too.
 

Tony Moly Tony Lab AC Control Whitening Toner comes in a translucent white liquid formula. It's lightweight and easily absorbed by the skin. It's also very gentle, and won't cause any stinging at all. I absolutely love how it makes my skin super soft, supple, and hydrated right after application that I sometimes conveniently "forget" to apply moisturizer afterwards. (Okay, I'll try not to skip it!) With consistent, long-term use, my skin looked more even. I have few post-acne marks on my cheeks that appear lighter now. For the whitening effect, not so much though. I think most "whitening" products work by improving the appearance of dark spots on the face, hence a more even look, and that is good enough for me. Plus, you'll love that this toner smells clean and powdery fresh.

Price: P898.00
Available in all Tony Moly stores nationwide

In the end...it has become a new favorite skincare product of mine. Even for its price, I don't mind repurchasing since I can't believe something so gentle (and has no salicylic acid) soothes my skin doesn't cause me new pimples.

I'm curious, do you also use toner? If yes, what are you using? :)

Like Tony Moly Philippines on Facebook for more information. 

Love,
Helen

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Artsy Birthday at Bellini's & Pinto Art Museum

I always say that I'm not the creative type of person. For the past birthday's I've had, I'd usually just celebrate it by eating out with my friends...in a place near my house, since I'm lazy like that. Haha! This year, my birthday was made extra memorable (and artsy!) because I spent it in two very beautiful places and in the company of wonderful friends.♥


To start off our day, my friends and I had brunch in Bellini's, located in Cubao Expo. It is a quaint Italian restaurant that offers authentic Italian cuisine. This is also where parts of the movie One More Chance were shot.


The restaurant is an exquisite work of art in itself. Step inside and you'll be transported to Italy! Floor to ceiling murals adorn the entire place. It serves as a beautiful backdrop for photos, don't you agree?


While waiting, complimentary bread sticks were served.


Bellini's serves the best-tasting pasta I've tried so far. In other restaurants, you'd get big servings AKA quantity, but here you'd get quality. You can even opt to have your pasta freshly made. It may be a bit pricier, but it's definitely worth it.

The non-pasta dishes we had were just okay, though. On our next visit, we'd definitely go for pasta again, plus pizza.

With Mr. Bellini


We had complimentary sweet wine to end our meal. Cheers!

Cubao Expo, General Romulo Ave., Cubao, Quezon City
(02)913-2550
Open from Monday-Sunday: 11:00-23:00


After lunch, we went to Pinto Art Museum, located in Antipolo, RIzal. This particular trip was very fun for me since it was my first time to visit a museum, for real!

It's actually quite easy to go to this place via commute. We just rode an FX from Cubao to Antipolo (P50.00). We got dropped off near Ynares Center, then took an 8-minute tricycle ride (P40.00/ride, not per person) going to Pinto Art Museum (Grand Heights Subdivision).

 

The entrance of this place was very simple, and it's a stark contrast of all the creative artworks housed inside the 1.2 hectare property. Housed inside the museum walls are over 300 extraordinary paintings and sculptures.


This is one of my favorite paintings - I even made it my phone's wallpaper since it's so colorful. Some parts of the painting look luminous and so alive. This artwork gives that "anything goes" feel.


This sculpture was made entirely of wires. Who knew you could make something this beautiful from scrap materials?


And THIS! This "sculpture" sitting on a swing is my favorite artwork. I was so amazed when I saw it. It has the image of a person that's about to disappear.


The place itself is very lovely. The doors, ponds, even the structure of the buildings are all picture perfect. During our short trip, we saw couples doing their pre-nup shoots here.


I am nothing without You.




It was in this part of the museum where we stayed for quite some time, since the weather was too hot outside. This painting is perfect for photoshoots! ;)

Complete attendance!

 
The traditional "taas kamay and paa" photo I have to do during trips



There was also a room which resembled a real bamboo forest. It was dark, but the concept was very creative.

 
We are the kids that your parents warned you about.

Even on their walls, I saw these cute falling sculptures.


Pinto Cafe is inside Pinto Art Museum. They serve set meals and snacks/desserts such as these Halo Halo and Blueberry Cheesecake ala Mode for around P200.00 each. I liked the Halo Halo since it had salted caramel ice cream on top, but I loved the blueberry cheesecake with the vanilla bean ice cream.

Pinto Art Museum is beyond beautiful. I had a hard time crafting this post, as I was running out of adjectives to describe how amazing the place and the artworks are. You just have to see it for yourself.

Pinto Art Museum
1 Sierra Madre St., Grand Heights Subdivision, 1870 Antipolo, Rizal
(02)6971015
Open from Tuesday-Sunday: 09:00-18:00
pintoartmuseum@yahoo.com

Rates:
P150.00 for regular ticket
P120.00 for senior citizens and PWD with valid IDs
P75.00 for children and students with proper school IDs


I ended the day having dinner with my friends at Shakey's, and they surprised me with this giant cake. Thank you! :D I loved this day since seeing all the artworks made me feel so...cultured. Haha!

I had a very memorable 25th birthday, and I'd like to thank my friends for spending the day with me + #TopeTravelandTours for arranging the day's activities. :)

Love,
Helen

Photo Credits: Helen Blas, Christopher Chan, and Genevieve Go
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