Product Review: Hair Treats Hair Spa (Watsons Series)

9/14/2015 08:36:00 AM

Finding an affordable yet effective hair treatment product has been a quest ever since my stylist accidentally ruined my tresses a few years back. I realized that I should not rely on the strand strength of my mane alone.

This is part 3 of my Watsons hair treatment product review series. Click HERE for part 1 (Hair Fix Intense Straight), click HERE for part 2 (Casa Cellophane), or go to the Watsons label located at the right hand side of the page.

If my list is correct, they come in 6 different variants: Virgin Coconut Oil (white), Tsubaki (red), Argan Oil (orange), Macadamia (brown), Aloe Vera (green), and Lavender (violet). Each variant is marketed to have specific uses, such as Macadamia for anti-breakage, Argan Oil for nourishing, Tsubaki for hair protection, so on and so forth.

It's super easy to open. Just peel of the plastic tab pictured above and you can pop the lid off hassle-free. For Php229, consumers get two jars with 650 grams of product each. And Like any other treatment merch, instructions say to apply it after shampoo, leaving it on for 10 to 20 minutes and rinsing thoroughly afterwards. For best results, they recommend using it 3-4 times a week.

  • Affordable
  • Easy to use
  • Some variants smell good

  • Doesn't really treat problem areas as promised

Overall rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I've tried all variants, but never did it treat any of the problem areas it's meant to target. I have rebonded hair. Maybe it works for virgin hair? I'm not sure. I've been using it for almost 7 years though. Wonder why? I've stuck with this product for so long because it acts as a great substitute for conditioner. I save a lot of money on expensive conditioner brands because I use the Hair Treats Hair Spa for conditioning every other day. Each jar lasts me about 2-3 months. My feeling: indifferent. I do not recommend it for treatment purposes, but I will encourage purchasing this item as a conditioner alternative.

Click HERE to read about a short article I wrote about tips and tricks for at-home hair treatment.

Note: Effects may vary depending on hair type, condition, length, and other external factors. Use at your own risk.


Learning the Starbucks Way: Syrup and Milk

9/07/2015 02:26:00 PM

This is part 3 of this blog series and we are half-way thru finding your favorite Starbucks drink! Are you excited? If you're reading this for the first time, you can click HERE to discover Starbucks' basic terminologies and click HERE to learn about Espresso choices.

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Add flavor to your favorite. If you like your coffee to be sweet, try a syrup flavor in your drink for a small extra charge. Here are the syrup choices:

Vanilla: The most popular syrup, the fragrant vanilla bean was made for coffee.
Caramel: Deliciously rich when combined with espresso.
Almond: So sweet, toasty and tasty.
Hazelnut: Adds a smooth, nutty taste to your drink.
Simple: A light delicate sweetener.
Raspberry: The perfect accompaniment to a caffe mocha or a hot chocolate.
Valencia: A dash of citrus to spice up any drink.
Irish cream: Great for an Espresso Frappuccino blended beverage.
Sugar-Free Vanilla: The guilt-free alternative to Starbucks' most popular syrup.

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Milk is where you can be most expressive. Lowfat, nonfat, steamed, foamed, wet, or dry – there are so many, delicious, creative ways to take milk in your drink. Here are the milk choices:

Whole: Whole milk is the Starbucks "regular” unless patrons tell them otherwise.
Nonfat (skim) milk: Cutting fat? Request this slimmer alternative.
2% (or lowfat) milk: This option is halfway between whole and nonfat.
Soymilk: Can't or don't drink milk but still want to enjoy a Latte or Caramel Macchiato.?Just ask the barista to substitute soymilk for a small extra charge.

Click HERE to read part 4 Other Choices
Click HERE to read part 5 Ready To Order

Source: "Find Your Favorite - A guide to Starbucks® drinks" booklet 2005
Note: List may be different per country.

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Product Review: B&D Power Bank

9/02/2015 01:49:00 PM

Technology has reached amazing feats that sometimes battery life of devices couldn't keep up. But thanks to power banks, running out of charge is no longer a concern. It's definitely a necessity for avid smart gadget users. If you don't have one yet, click HERE to see the short guide I wrote - this should help you choose the best power bank for you.

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CCP wrote the ff on their website:
  • Get extra power for your gadgets with this B&D Power Bank
  • It has a 21,800mAh capacity for charging devices when needed
  • Charge 2 devices simultaneously through its USB outputs
  • You can bring it to school, to work, or whenever traveling
  • Keep it handy inside your bag to stay ready for power outages

Inside the neat box was the product and a cord. No paperwork included.

The rose gold trim with the white enamel makes it look sleek. Also available in silver, fuchsia, pink, and blue.

The indicator lights up when it's being charged or when charging another device.

Output and Input ports are on top. Press and hold the power button on the right to activate the LED flashlight. Port capacity and other information is printed at the back.

Size is comparable to a lot of Android cellular phones.

The free cord is too small for my liking.

  • Doesn't heat up excessively even when used inside a bag
  • Lightweight
  • Shaped to fit most bag side pockets or bag organizers
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Easy to use
  • 21,800mAh capacity is bogus
  • Free cord slows down charging
  • Not "super slim"

Overall rating: 2 out of 5 stars

It takes around twelve hours to reach full charge, leading me to believe that it's actually high-powered. But the 1A port can fully charge my phone only 3 times while the 2.1A port only 3.5 times. 100% battery level is reached after 2.25 to 2.5 hours depending on the port used. My Yoobao 5200mAh power bank takes a little bit over three hours to reach full capacity, and can fully charge my phone 2.5 timesNow you do the math. Not a sizable difference considering the obvious gap in mAh capacity right? I was expecting at least 10 full charges. I do not recommend buying this product.

Note: data services, Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and all running apps/games are closed during charging. Smartphone is only running carrier signal.

Click HERE to read my review on the Yoobao power bank.