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Goodbye SLS! Hello Honey Propolis Shampoo by Ilog Maria!

First, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are currently known as the killers in our bathroom. We’ve had these ingredients for as long as I can remember. When I first read about the dangers of these ingredients when I was still prego with our kiddo, I swore I was never going to use any stuff with these killers – and that I did. Can you imagine even the good ‘ol Johnson and Johnson’s Baby Shampoos and even those supposedly baby baths have these evils stuff in them.

Obviously the youngsters that going bald after using these supposedly baby products, is not very surprising. Even my own mother told us that my sister got bald around the top of her head when she was around two because her nanny applied shampoo (Johnson and Johnson’s) directly to her scalp. Mother said that the shampoo should have been diluted in water. Which is all together outrageous! I mean if a shampoo claims to be good for babies and even good for human, then no special something should be done to make it safe for babies! Apparently SLS and SLES are very effective foaming ingredients or what we call surfactants. And big companies use this primarily because it is cheap and the potential to generate more income is greater if they use cheap ingredients that do the job. Watch out for a detailed report on the dangers of SLS and SLES to our health.

Meanwhile here is the stuff we use around our home. Honey Propolis Shampoo by Ilog Maria. For the record, this is not a paid advertisement. I use nothing else on our son’s hair and I hope to raise awareness to my dear readers on the ill-effects of our usual commercial products and make a buzz as well that there is a choice for us and not just live with what we got used to. I figured people continue to patronize the usual bad products because they think they have no choice. Don’t let the commercial rule your lives.

Here’s the stuff straight from the Ilog Maria website.

Honey Propolis Shampoo (Family Size)

Handmade in our Beefarm from natural ingredients: Honey for conditioning &hair growth. Propolis for scalp infections, dandruff, falling & greying hair. Natural oils like palm kernel oil, castor oil and coconut oil for gentle cleansing. Aromatherapy grade essential oils from herbs and fruits nourish and heal your scalp, while fighting skin ailments.

Place a small amount of our natural shampoo in your palm. Work into a rich lather in your hair. If no bubbles form, this is because our natural shampoo is reacting with and eliminating all the residues from commercial shampoos, hair oils, grime. Rinse out thoroughly. Then put a small amount of shampoo again, work into a rich lather. Keep lather on while bathing the rest of your body. Rinse well.

For the very best hair conditioning, nothing can beat two sliced kalamansi. Their pulp and skin have enough limonene oil to condition your hair naturally, perfectly. Rub the juice, pulp and skin oils into your hair and rinse very well. This will leave your hair soft and shining without the residue of commercial chemical hair conditioners.

Price : Php 154.00
Unit Weight(g) : 275 grams
Here’s our empty bottle, proof of my patronage of this shampoo. It was only today that I was again able to access Ilog Maria’s website. For some reason, I wasn’t able to access the site the last couple of months. Because of desperation, I had the little I have left in the shampoo diluted with water and like the cheapskate that I am, used it very sparingly. Now, that I’ve got my order confirmed and the package to arrive in the next couple of days, I can readily say goodbye to the last drop. 🙂

A Techie Kikay’s Shopping List

My folks are in the States right now and they both had me and our sister list down our respective shopping lists. Here’s mine:

1.MSI WIND MINI NOTEBOOK (black or white) – actually this is for the hubby. But since it’s ultra compact and looks so pretty, I might just bargain to exchange this for my current all too masculine megabook MSI.


  • 1.6GHz Intel Atom Processor
  • 10″ WSVGA 1024×600 LCD
  • Windows XP Home Operating System
  • 2GB 667MHz DDR2 Memory
  • 80GB 2.5″ SATA Hard Drive
  • Wireless: 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 2.0
  • 3-Cell 11.1v 2200mAh Battery

2. N82 or iPHONE 3G (whichever is cheaper) – this will allow me to access the internet on mobile.

3. wii – with wii fit, as opposed to PSP that practically zombifies its player, wii allows physical movement and even family fun. I would have my kid play this rather than a PSP. Plus, I will finally be able to do my workout without having to step out of the house. How convenient!

4. BABY DOLL BY YSL 3.3oz. – my favorite scent of all. I never got to buy a second bottle since the first one I bought. It’s just a little too pricey here.

The reason why my folks had us list out the things we want bought is because they just might be able to buy all these at lower prices because of the current back to school sale. But since that one is almost over, maybe they could check out some thanksgiving ads. I heard that black Friday event gives out even bigger discounts. 😀

The Classic Red Lips

Seems easy, but are we really doing it the way it should be done? There’s more to wearing lipstick than just rolling the stick over to your lips. Here’s a simple step by step guide to creating the classic red lip. Try it yourself and be a stunner! My motto to make up wearing is this, if you are ever going to wear make up, wear it right or not at all.
Please note that if you decide to play up your lips (read: highlight and make it stand out like this red lip tutorial) , make sure you play down your eyes. No smokey look, nothing loud. It gives balance to the overall look. Everything in excess is an eye sore.

What you will need:

  1. lip conditioner
  2. lip brush
  3. red lipstick
  4. red lip liner
  5. tissue

Create that look:

  1. Apply lip conditioner to the lips.
  2. Create a “V” over the cupid’s bow with liner.
  3. From the tip, trace the natural lip line down to the corner.
  4. Mark liner on the bottom lip line at the center.
  5. Trace from the bottom lip line to both corners.
  6. Drag the color in using lip liner to prevent separation of the liner from the lipstick.
  7. Coat lip brush with lipstick.
  8. Evenly fill lipstick within the lines. The lipbrush is the key to precision.
  9. Touch up the edges with lip liner.
  10. Blot with tissue to absorb excess moisture. Voila! The classic red lips.

Business Ventures

What better way to put up a business than to go partner with your friends who you trust the most. I have had quite a few friends who put up their own businesses and are now having the time of their lives reaping the benefits of all their efforts. A bunch of friends are into lingerie business and started real small. Securing a small business loan shouldn’t be that hard. Favor unsecured small business financing isn’t so hard with EzUnsecured. They do easy processing, fast funding and excellent service. Check out the site and compare with other small business loans available online.

Dramatic Smokey Eyes – How To

Things you will need:

  1. Liquid or cream concealer
  2. Light peach highlighter shadow
  3. Dark silver eye shadow
  4. Black eye shadow
  5. Black eye liner (pencil)
  6. Shimmering whip


  1. Dab on concealer around upper and lower lids.
  2. Gently pat in with your ring finger.
  3. Using the light shimmer, highlight the brow bone and the inner corner of the eye.
  4. Using the dark silver eye shadow, apply two-thirds of the upper lid, leaving the inner corner of the lids untouched.
  5. Blend with the use of a clean brush. (do away with the harsh lines)
  6. Apply black eye shadow to the outer corner of the upper lid.
  7. Blend again.
  8. Line the upper lids with a black eye liner.
  9. Line the lower lids as well.
  10. Add a bit of shimmering facial whip to the brush and apply it to the inner corners of your upper and lower lids.
  11. Gently pat and blend with your ring finger.
  12. Curl your lashes, apply lash primer and top with mascara.

French Manicure

French nails was coined in 1975 by a Los-Angeles based Orly International. As for their reason, it could be anything really. Plus the fact that the “French” description can easily mean class and big bucks. That could be the two reasons that I could personally think of, given the fact that the particular nail fashion has absolutely nothing to do with France or the French people, aside from its borrowed name. If there’s anything, this classic nail fashion has been tested through decades of existence. It is still considered classy and elegant up to this day and age.

Its clean and yet polished look makes it a stand out. It seems as if all things French can easily get away with anything. Think about fashion and food for instance. From all those strange but adorable haute couture fashion to those yummy transfat laden fries.

Shopping and Exhibits

I have yet to find a girl who does not love window shopping. Shopping is another thing, but window shopping allows for a girl to canvass pieces and items of what’s new and what’s not. It is part of fashion. Observation.

When you love window shopping, you probably love Custom Trade Show Exhibits as well. I do. It is the ultimate way of companies to get their products out in the open. For one, lasting impressions are important for businesses and a Custom Trade Show Exhibit plan is necessary to make that impact. This is what has got in mind to assist businesses to make that initial impression that we know would last.

A Great Vacation Place

A getaway is something we know we deserve from time to time. Even the “It” girl would love a time spent alone with herself or with her girlfriends. One great site to check out if you may be planning to check out the breathtaking City of Sails is Cheaper than Hotels. Whether it be Auckland Hotels, Christchurch Hotels or Wellington Hotels, you will be sure you get the best rate from this site.

One place you need to consider if you would plan that next vacation – New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. This place is definitely second to none.

Lovin’ this Bag!

The love for shopping is one of the things a girl naturally loves. It’s like one of those innate things in her. While online shopping has started to make waves many years back, ShopWiki has revolutionized it a notch higher by allowing customers to experience more than just plain shopping online.

Check their luggage section for instance. I love their wide array of selection and they even have tips on buying the luggage that’s right for you. I am looking particularly at the best laptop bag for me and my eyes have favored this pretty Mango-Tango Pink Quilt laptop bag. This is possibly the easiest shopping network that I have found around the blogosphere. They have all the yummy and incredible brands. What’s best is I get to check out how well the items are rated, this practically assures me I’m getting a good buy.

Total Care by Olay

I have been using Olay Total Effects ever since it has made waves a few years back. I then thought it was just one of those beauty products that vows of greatness that will not deliver. I was wrong. At least for me, it completely replaced everything I used back then. I am such a “kikay” at heart that I tend to experiment with just about every new product that comes out in the market, I know it’s not the ideal. It’s good that my face tolerates such experimentation and is not prone to acne when I apply any cream that does not match my type of skin.
But another observation from the several bottles that I have bought: The first few bottles, I felt a real significant difference on my face (less fine lines, smoother feel). But later on, I honestly feel that the makers of this product have become complacent in maintaining the quality of its formulation. It used to be that there was only one formula: the 7 anti-aging therapies formula in a bottle, as how they would have it. But after a while, as with all the other marketing strategies, they have created a need for people to get a hold of a their new products (eye care, day care, night care) which I honestly did not buy any of. It could be that they have toned down on the original benefits so that consumers will feel the need to buy their other product. I’m not really sure. But I’m trusting my instincts and even as I trust my instincts and still keeping on using the same product, I press on to welcome better stuff that may come along to match what the original first batch of Olay products gave us when it first arrived in the Philippines some years back.

Here is Olay’s acclaimed 7 Anti-Aging Therapies Formula:
1. Line Minimization: Reduces the appearance of fine wrinkles.
2. Nourishing Moisturization: For a radiant, healthy glow.
3. Tone Enhancement: Balances color & reduces appearance of age spots.
4. Gentle Exfoliation: Smoothes and evens skin texture.
5. Pore Refinement: Minimizes the appearance of pores.
6. Free Radical Defense: Helps prevent damage to skin’s surface.
7. Subtle Lifting: Hydrates for firmer skin appearance.