They come in threes

I’m not sure if it’s because of being twenty-five, deciding to traverse an unconventional path, or both, but since 2012 kicked in, falling asleep hasn’t been that easy and waking up hasn’t been all that magical. I don’t mean this in a negative way, it’s more like a challenging one. Every night, shutting down my brain is a struggle. Every morning, waking up is confusing because I feel like indulging some more but I end up jumpstarting my to do list instead and from there my brain just won’t slow down.

Last night, I was trying to figure out what this craze is all about until I comically came up with three Ps and added one more P just this morning. In order: passion, purpose, puso, plus the fourth P – pressure! I’ll try to make a more serious post on this matter soon (or not) but all I know is this: I want to do something good with my life. Kanya-kanyang perspective yan but for me doing something good with my life automatically means being able to do something good for others. I’m far from being a good person but let’s just say I’m a sinner with a heart that I intend to use on something that, you know, matters.

I like having something to be excited about everyday and if these things were all for my own glory, I’d rather stay in bed. Thing is, it’s not about me and I like getting out of bed. Anyway, I’m only four hours into my Thursday but I already have three things that got me really really excited today (and it helps to know that I’m mababaw so don’t judge).

1. Human Nature Philippines retweeted my tweet.

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2. “I’m an Angel’s angel.” Ms. Angela Nepomuceno of the fabulous fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blog Lush Angel and Nuffnang’s Featured Blogger of the Month published an outfit post showcasing Shop Iya Misa‘s Aztec Blazer..

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..along with really kind words. Thank you, Ms. Angela! I got so giddy when she tweeted about the post and even more so while I was reading the whole thing that I almost threw up. See her full blog post here.

3. I came across a video about entrepreneurship that made me think I might not be so crazy after all.

 

Nothing can hinder or control the firm resolve of the human soul.

Beyond thankful for the smallest things.

♥ Iya

My Human Nature hair care products

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I’ve been meaning to work on this entry weeks back. According to my files, these photos were taken last April 13 but I managed to get a hold of them just last week thanks to my iBook (yes, I live under a rock) move out + MacBook move in and the come and go of my so-called external hard drive which comes in the form of two flash drives. I know, my web and graphic designer boyfriend is so three thousand and eight while I’m so two thousand and late! What a shame. Thanks to his iMac (minus the monitor) and firewire external hard drive purchase, he couldn’t bear the sight of me in front of his decade-old iBook for another minute. But being the sentimental human being that I am, I still have the forsaken machine with me. Mix bought it when he was still in high school so to me it’s a pristine (albeit already yellowish) symbol of his hard work as a teen.

Anyway, I posted an entry on my first batch of Human Nature goodies and you can read about it here. Because I loved the first batch, I tried out more of their products this time focusing on hair and facial care. For this post, let’s focus on the hair care products that I got.

Prior to Human Nature’s shampoo and conditioner, I used whatever my mom bought. I’m not that particular with shampoo and conditioner brands. I use whatever’s available—except Vaseline because it makes my scalp itchy and flaky. I got Human Nature’s Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner instead of the Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner. It was quite difficult to choose because I liked the sound of both hehe but I went for Strengthening since hair fall is more of a concern for me than dry hair. My hair strands are very fine and they’re not plenty so as a whole my hair looks limp and hair fall only makes it worse.

I got the shampoo and conditioner in 500 ml just because I was too excited and I don’t regret doing so kasi sulit. After giving my mom the whole go natural, go organic, go local talk, she also got the same products in 500 ml and in 200 ml to give as gifts.

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The shampoo has a crisp and clean kind of scent. When lathering, you’ll need to put more as compared to commercial brands where a 25 cent-sized drop is enough. With this it has to be the size of either a one or five-peso coin. While the shampoo smells good, it doesn’t linger as long as the scents of brands like Pantene and Sunsilk do. When I use any of the latter, my hair still smells like shampoo up until the next wash. With Human Nature, it smells good but the scent doesn’t last that long which is crucial especially in this kind of weather where we’re prone to what we call “amoy araw” which we try our best to avoid because I think tayong mga Pinoy, we like to smell fresh and clean all day long.

The conditioner has a very faint scent but in terms of doing its job in making hair softer and smoother, I give it a thumbs up. If you don’t always use conditioner, make sure you do when you use Human Nature’s shampoo because hair gets coarse without it. I don’t brush my hair often (thrice a week tops) that’s why I’m dependent on the magical powers of hair conditioners. Sukmay (suklay gamit kamay) must suffice.

Final verdict for the Natural Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner hairfall-wise: it works. I still see a number of strands falling off but it isn’t as bad as it used to be.

Commercial brands may seem more appealing still especially to us creatures of habit, but it helps to keep in mind what makes Human Nature’s products different and why we’re trying something new in the first place. Human Nature’s shampoos are 96.4% natural, conditioners are 100% natural, and both are 100% free from harmful chemicals. If you’re after less harmful products and supporting a good cause, go for Human Nature. While I’m all for going natural and local and supporting good causes, I miss the refreshing feeling of having great-smelling hair from day to night so sometimes I mix it up by still sticking to the natural shampoo but following it up with the good old conditioners from time to time.

Next, we move on to their hair mask. Prior to Human Nature, I’ve tried hair masks from Watson’s but I like this one better because it’s light, less gooey, and again has a crisp and clean scent. Ano ba yung crisp and clean scent? Basta yung amoy bagong laba (walang fabric softener involved, purely detergent + germ-killing powers ng sun) na amoy malinis—hindi complicated yung amoy, walang hint of humidity, at hindi masakit sa ilong. For this one it’s jasmine so gets, may flowery hint pero very faint kaya hindi overwhelming. Fresh lang.

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After washing your hair, smooth this on then wrap your hair with a warm towel or shower cap and leave it for thirty minutes or more then rinse off completely. I’m not sure kung aling ingredient yung may kasalanan but the first time I tried this, I was in bed waiting then I felt so relaxed and ended up falling asleep. Feeling ko may kinalaman yung hair mask kasi nights before that, hirap ako makatulog tapos that night, I fell asleep right away. Paggising ko, umaga na so after six hours ko na siya na-rinse off pero OK naman kasi my hair felt extra soft and extra smooth after so no harm done, I think.

I’ll work on my facial care products entry later.
For more, here’s Human Nature’s website: www.humanheartnature.com

♥ Iya

03.12.12 post: My 1st batch of H♥N goodies

I heard about Human Nature some time last year but I started trying their products just last month. I got to try their Flame Tree Tinted Lip Balm first because my sister gave me one last January. I ended up using it by chance one Friday night when I had no lip product inside my purse and saw it on my desk and grabbed it on my way out. I’m not into make up that much and by that I mean I just use the basics – face powder and lip balm when necessary (a.k.a when my face is shining like the sun thanks to its oiliness and when my lips are chapped and pale which makes me look sick).

That night I used Human Nature’s Flame Tree Tinted Lip Balm, I loved how it gave color to my face. I used just that and I felt like I had full make up on already. Hehe tamad lang kasi talaga mag make up. Here’s a photo from that night:

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I just realized today that I haven’t been using face powder and it hasn’t been bothering me because to my delight, my face hasn’t been that oily. I hate sounding fanatic but honest-to-goodness I think using Human Nature’s 100% Natural Hydrating Face Wash with Moringa and Aloe Vera has helped in making my skin less oily and blotchy. That’s from my 2nd batch, will write about that next time.

Today I had nothing on my face aside from the tinted lip balm. I tried taking decent photos of myself pero mahirap pala. So kudos to ardent make up bloggers.

Here are a few shots of myself taken this afternoon wearing my favorite of the three Human Nature Tinted Lip Balm shades:

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The two other Tinted Lip Balm shades are Island Kiss and Pink Orchid. They’re on the light pink side. Flame Tree is the darkest but it still looks natural.

Tinted Lip Balm – PhP 79.75

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The three other items from my first batch of Human Nature goodies are the Citronella Bug Spray, Sunflower Beauty Oil, and Hand Sanitizer.

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This bug spray is perfect for two-time dengue patients like me as well as anybody who doesn’t want to have a first encounter with dengue.

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Citronella Bug Spray – 100 ml PhP 159.75, 50 ml PhP 99.75

If you’re not fond of using oil-based protective skin care, you can try their Bug Shield Lotion which is also 100% natural and DEET-free – 50 ml PhP 94.75

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This beauty oil is a must-have! This potion helps minimize dark circles and lighten stretch marks as well as underarms. You can also use it on your elbows and knees and on your hair for added shine! This oil has so many uses, it is super sulit.
Sunflower Beauty Oil – 100 ml PhP 249.75, 50 ml PhP 129.75

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If you dislike sticky hand sanitizers that feel like they leave dirt on your hands more than actually sanitizing them, you’ll love this sugarcane and watermelon scented hand sanitizer. It glides like gel but dries on your hands like alcohol minus the tight feeling.
Hand Sanitizer – 50 ml PhP 77.75

I am now in love with Human Nature because of two things: 1) their reasonably priced effective products and (ultimately) 2) their advocacy. I shall write more about that next time.

More posts on Human Nature this week. In the mean time, check out their website: humanheartnature.com

Go natural. GO LOCAL.
♥ Iya