Monday, December 14, 2009

[Beauty on a Budget] Olive Oil and Egg Mask for Hair

82839960 I'm having a bad hair yesterday and my hair is obviously crying out for a treatment. I still have my Shine Moist Henna Wax with me but after trying it for the third time, I think my skin already said stop cause it has been reacting badly with it. (ring: breakouts and itchiness in the scalp)

My skin and hair is begging for an organic hot oil treatment.

That's the time I headed to the grocery store to buy Olive Oil.

This is not the first time I have used Olive Oil for my hair. Its actually a life saver for me few years ago because I, on a very unfortunate event of my life had experience lice. Yes you've read that right, head lice. Got it from using the comb of my infected niece. That was acutally a worst time because they really itch and they are creepy and not to mention the embarrasment from people. Well over the counter products didnt help me at all UNTIL I found Olive Oil and it saved me from these creepy crawlers.

So we move on, shall we?

83908900 Olive oil is moisturizing and the benefits are impressive. I shall not be redundant with the benefits because Google will help you do that but overall, the Vitamin E you receive from consuming and applying Olive Oil is a wonderful hair and skin remedy.

Egg is rich in protein which our hair greatly needs. Especially for girls experiencing hair falls. It is equally as good as Olive oil when moisturizing the hair. The yolk is where the protein is.

Both of these adds volume, shine and manageability. Here are the steps in making a homemade hot oil treatment AKA Olive Oil and Egg Hair Mask

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1. Mix 2 Eggs and 4 tablespoons of Olive Oil in a cup. (I unfortunately used one cause thought it wasn’t enough but I was wrong. My hair is really thick!)

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2. Optional: Add a pinch of cinnamon (lol I dont know why I put it but I read it somewhere that its also good haha)

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3. Apply into damp hair. (Almost 75% dry) and massage into the scalp.
4. Wear a turban, or a towel to protect it from dripping.

5. Let it rest for 15 mins. Do your chores, do your oDesk job to be preoccupied.

YPE_066 6. Optional: Wash it with 2 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar dissolved in half liter of water.
7. Wash again with a light shampoo. Don’t massage thoroughly as it will wash away the moisture from the mask. 
8. Your choice to Blow Dry or Air Dry. Natural is better, imho.

The results?

It's a saved one from being dry, limp and unmanageable hair. It feels light and bouncy. The strands look thick and coated making it shiny.

The Apple Cider Vinegar is essential because I left the mask for an hour and the acid in apple cider will help it wash away the mixture. The funny part is, I noticed a cooked egg white in one part of my strands ahaha. No worries cause it was washed away after shampooing. Apple Cider Vinegar is conditioning too and gives a shine into the hair.

It didn’t smell. Remember, the ingredients will smell only if you put too much.

Definitely will try this again! :)

xoxo

[Review] VMV Hypoallergenics Products

Hey there! I'm taking a quick break to update my dusty *cough* blog. I think it deserves a new product review since the last time I posted is about my oDesk stint.

Here we go!

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Being acne prone, I have to take care of my face in my full 100% EFFORT. No LESS. You have to know that already after reading several of my beauty posts. :) So in return, I continuously search for products which are fine and friendly to my skin. Also, I try to purchase those which are readily available in the market. The products made by derm are not convenient for me since I have to visit my derm to purchase it all the time. Plus they are not as big in volume so I resorted in searching for others. So I tried VMV.

{VMV SUPERSKIN LINE}

I purchased the SUPERSKIN 3 line which is for Oily Skin (See Pic) The skin specialist claimed that I have oily skin, I trusted her. The products were not bought at the same time. I tried the Facial Wash first and I must say its a good cleanser. Seems to me like the Cetaphil product. The results are not significant since its only a cleanser. When I finished the tube, that’s when I bought the Toner/Primer (Clindamycin, Phosphate, Retinoic Acid) I also bought the VMV Mositurizer which has SPF 15. I tried the toner together with Cetaphil and didnt buy the VMV cleanser since I felt they are just the same consistency and purpose.

In using the VMV Toner:

Start with 2x-a-week applications
ONLY. Slowly increase to 3x-a-week, then once-every-otherday,
then once-a-day, until you achieve 2x-a-day usage.

I tried the regimen for three times. The first trial, I wasn’t able to finish the regimen because I discontinued it after the advise of my derm. The second trial, I tried it but didnt follow the “start slowly” cliche of VMV since my derm said, I can continue it together with Adapalene. This is what I did: MORNING: VMV Toner, EVENING: ADAPALENE. Result? My face burned. I gave my face a rest until I was able to do the third trial, I followed the regimen completely but nothing happened and I still have darkish-reddish color in my face (an indication of burn) It must be the amount that I put in my cotton pads (cause its almost dripping wet) or it could be that…the product is too strong for me. So I stopped and just continued the Adapalene ALONE with the VMV Moisturizer with SPF 15. Oh by the way, the moisturizer promises a no shine effect in the face but I still have experience shine in my face unless I put powder. It’s probably the humid weather of out country. I am not that raving it but I have learned to like it since its protecting my face from the sun.

The Verdict?

VMV Superskin line is promising. It is a great alternative for the skin’s maintenance. For as long as you know your skin type. In my case, I should have taken the Superskin 2 which is for Combination Skin. Cause I perspire easily, the Sales Attendant must have mistakenly looked at my face as Oily. Which is wrong cause we should know our skin better than the Sales Attendant.

Should I buy it again? Yes for the toner and Moisturizer but with a Superskin #2. The cleanser as I have said is just Cetaphil with a cutesy packaging. 

SIDE NOTE:

Superskin line has coconut oil as one of the ingredients. Somebody in the girltalk forum said that this is comodogenic. As stated in VMV brochure: 

…but coconut oil is pore friendly, nonallergenic,
and its fatty acids are a normal component of human skin’s barrier
— so instead of just preventing water loss, coconut oil actually helps replace
the skin’s lost lipids.

So don’t worry unless you have really tried the product itself and received bad reaction in coconut oil. For me, it’s harmless.

Check the VMV website for a copy of the brochure.

{Next up…VMV Cosmetics}

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The first VMV product that I have purchased is their VMV Illuminants Brilliant Finish SPF 25 in Desert. Looking away from its flowery title, its simply a foundation with a big SPF. What can I say BUT I LOVE IT! Being a scarred for life from my past acnes, this product helped me conceal it and it gave me a fine finish and my skin like it so much that it didnt give me breakout even after wearing it for a day. This is the same as their VMV Cheeky Gorgeous-Flush Blush in Cabana Cutie. Again, its only a blush. I like this color very much especially if I want a subtle blush effect in my face. Now after some time, I realized that Desert color is getting too dark for me. Soon after I finished it, I bought a lighter shade refill which is Petal.

The Verdict? GREATLY RECOMMENDED! I like it.

Will I purchase them again? ABSOLUTELY. I can’t wait to try their other products like the eyeshadow, mascara, lipstick and liquid foundations. The only problem is they have less choices of color to offer but nevertheless they are still great!

DSC02886Before ending, I have to give props also to VMV Soft and Swift Make-Up Remover. Its currently what I am using as I have been trying out a lot of heavy eyemake up recently. *blame youtube gurus* and *thank them at the same time for learning* heeeeheee. I like it so much as it has no disturbing scent. It removes the make up instantly and also gentle on the eyes.

See the pic for the results and the accumulated dirt (with just a one swipe of it!)

Before using this, I was only into Clinique’s Make Up remover until I found VMV. Its cheaper than Clinique’s too!

 

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QUALITY: Great for a Filipino owned product.

PACKAGING: Slightly bulky especially with the Cosmetics line. They include a wallet type of zipped white leather in each of the foundation and blush on. The information listed in the packaging are cute. Since it was typed as if the product is talking to you face to face. There are a lot of words and it looked like a Paul Smith design isnt it? It looks cute and definitely a packaging that makes a good first impression.

PRICE: This is however the only con that I can state. They are quite expensive especially with the cosmetics line. And I heard they increase every month? Well they spend so much with the researches, that’s the reason why they deserve an increase. But as a consumer, the increase doesn’t attract me much. Well if the price continues to be higher than the other OR rather popular ones, I guess that’s the time for me to switch. :)

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tada. xoxo

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