Ways to enjoy Human Nature products without breaking the bank

Human Nature products which I asked a relative (who's a dealer) to buy for me. I got huge savings because of it!

Human Nature products which I asked a relative (who’s a dealer) to buy for me. I got huge savings because of it!

No doubt that Human Nature products are affordable. It’s almost the same price as regular store brands. And if you compare it to the prices of other organic and natural beauty products, you’ll realize that it tends to be significantly cheaper. But if you’re like me who always looks for value-for-money deals and ways to stretch my peso, I’m sure you also found ways to enjoy your favorite organic and natural products without spending too much. Because let’s face it, although something may be cheap or affordable enough, when there are just too many interesting things to buy from a certain brand, the cost tends to pile up. I’m sharing with you some of my ways of saving.

1. Watch for promos at supermarkets or department stores. Sometimes, a big bottle of facial wash will come with a small bottle of lotion. Instant freebie, instant savings! And this lotion, you can use at the office where the air-conditioning tends to dry your hands, or while traveling when you have to travel light.

2. Watch for promos at the Human Nature website. Again, instant freebies and instant savings. And when you spend more than PHP2000, you get free shipping, too. A good strategy would be to pool you and your friends’ purchases to avail of this free shipping.

3. If you have a friend or relative who is a Human Nature dealer, ask her or him to buy products on your behalf. I have a relative who’s like this, and asking her to buy for me gives me huge savings. She doesn’t really sell stuff per se, but she uses her account to buy products for herself and her whole family. She gets to buy more, and I get more savings. It’s a win-win situation.

How about you? What are your savings tips? Do share!

Homestay and traveling solo in Suncheon made easy by BnB Hero

Traveling solo has been on my bucket list since I started watching Ian Wright in awe at Discovery Channel’s Lonely Planet in high school. Although I’ve traveled in many parts of the world already for the past __ number of years, I still haven’t mustered up the courage to backpack by myself. It’s always been with family and friends.

I took the Mugunghwa train from Yongsan Station in Seoul to Suncheon City. It took me around 5 hours. A very long trip, indeed! I took the KTX going back from Sincheon to Seoul — only 3 hours! ^^

But thanks to the opportunity presented by BnB Hero, I finally did it. As my prize for churning out one of the best blogs about the Seongju Life and Culture Festival, I was given a free homestay at Suncheon for the Suncheon Bay International Garden Expo.

The entrance to the Suncheon Bay International Garden Expo

Truth to tell, this wasn’t on my list of things to visit in Seoul since I am not fond of gardens. But I’m glad I soldiered on, anyway.

I bought the night ticket on my first day, since I arrived at Suncheon late in the afternoon. And on the second day, I bought the one-day pass.

Not only did I see the ecologically friendly Suncheon City, I also experienced the joy of living with a Korean family.

Beside me is Tina, my beautiful and kind homestay host!

Initially, I was concerned about traveling solo and staying with an unfamiliar family for 3 days and 2 nights. I voiced these concerns with BnB Hero and they helpfully arranged things for me. They recommended a nice apartment room for me that’s owned by a very kind woman named Tina.

Breakfast was included in the deal, and woah, what a big breakfast it was! It was my first real Korean breakfast that’s not in the school dormitory, kekeke. Tina and her husband cooked it together. What a loving family there are.

Tina also spoke English well, as she was an English teacher. So for foreigners like me who are worried about communication barriers, there’s nothing like that when you stay with Tina.

There were a lot of beautiful gardens in the Expo! One whole day is not enough to explore! You need two—or more!

I also feel I got lucky in my first homestay. The room was clean, the host was nice, and she even accompanied me in some trips, like at the Suncheon Bay Garden Expo and at the Suncheon Drama Set!

The awesomely serene Suncheon Bay! Entrance came free with my Garden Expo ticket purchase. There’s also a free shuttle to take you there. Easy-peasy! ^^

A panoramic shot of the Suncheon Drama Set. Entrance also came free with my purchase of a Garden Expo ticket. Just take Bus 777 to get here. But luckily, for me, Tina kindly accompanied me!

All in all, this trip made me braver in terms of traveling solo. Korea is such a safe and easy place to travel around in. And with the help of BnB Hero, your travel is bound to be safe, easy, economical and fun!

Loco over promos: Tony Moly is on sale!

Tony Moly, one of my favorite Korean cosmetics brands, went on sale! From January 27 to February 19, prices of selected items were slashed by 40 percent!

I bought a variety of face masks for my weekly use. I know I bought the Human Nature Purifying Facial Scrub recently to help me save money, but the 40%  discount is just too hard to resist.

Each mask pack contains a cotton-like material soaked in various natural extracts like chestnut peel, wine, and manuka honey, to name a few. You put this on for 15-20 minutes at night after cleansing and toning to give your face great moisture.

I’m liking Tony Moly face masks over other brands because I feel that the size of Tony Moly’s masks fit my face better. The ones from the other brands are just too big for my face. So even if the other brands also make my skin luminous and more moisturized, what makes Tony Moly my favorite is the way it delivers moisturized skin with the right mask size for my face.

February 19 ended a long time ago. But if you want to give Tony Moly’s face masks a try (and at discounted prices to boot!), fret not. I read from the Tony Moly Facebook page that their promo is extended:

  • Tony Moly SM Fairview – sale is until March 4
  • Tony Moly SM North – sale is until May 31
  • Tony Moly SM Manila – sale is until Feb 29
  • Tony Moly SM Megamall – sale is until May 6

I hope you can visit any of these branches and tell me what you think of their products, especially the face masks! =)

Soap deals at Landmark

I chanced upon two soap deals at the Landmark department store a couple of weeks ago. This means I have more soaps in my stock.

Kinis Oatmeal Soap

First up is this buy-2-take-1 deal on Kinis Oatmeal Soaps. This is my first time to see this particular brand so I thought I’d give it a try. The oatmeal variant is a plus, since oatmeal supposedly exfoliates the skin well. This therefore makes it great for oily and acne-prone skin.

Kinis soap has big bits of oatmeal in it, so you know this brand delivers what it claims to be. My only worry: Upon closer inspection when I got home, the label didn’t clearly state the soap’s complete ingredients. However, it boasted having mineral oil to supposedly help soften the skin. Yikes. I just read from the Human Heart Nature site that mineral oil is bad for the skin. It is synthetic, so applying this on your skin is like wrapping it in plastic. This means your skin can’t properly breathe!

Oh well. Lesson learned.

Koji-san Kojic Soap

Second is the Kojie-san Skin Lightening Soap. I’ve been seeing this brand in supermarkets for quite some time now, but only thought of buying it when I saw the two-for-P50 deal.

Actually, I don’t need skin lightening as my complexion is already naturally fair. I just thought I’d try it because it seems all natural.

Why stock on soap?

I stock on soaps when I find great deals because soap is an oft-used product. So buying in bulk isn’t a waste since you’re bound to use these bars, anyway. Moreover, buying in bulk also means paying less than the regular price. This means you get to save more money to buy other things or to contribute to other funds, such as–and these are my vices–food and travel!  =)

More Human Heart Nature Purchases: Lotions, Shampoo and Other Potions!

Last Saturday was a very productive shopping day for me at the Human Heart Nature headquarters. Aside from scoring a free pot of Love Minerals Blush with the Love Minerals Powder Foundation I purchased, I also bought some of their new products to try.

First off was their new Hydrating Lotion. I bought both of the new line’s variants. There’s Moonlight Passion, which I bought in all its 200ml glory for home use.

Hydrating Lotion in Moonlight Passion

And then there’s Sweet Indulgence, which I bought in its teeny-weeny 50ml cuteness for travel use.

Human Heart Nature Hydrating Lotion in Sweet Indulgence

Both are infused with the lovely and sweet smell of passion fruit, so getting any of the two variants (or both, if you’re an eager beaver like me!) is bound to be a good choice. Moreover, these products are 100% natural, so you won’t have to worry about nasty chemicals seeping into your skin. Since it’s without mineral oil, silicone, parabens and phthalates, you get ultra moisture and yummy scented skin without the threat of premature ageing!

Another thing I bought was the Natural Moisturizing Shampoo with CREAMFoam Technology. According to the Human Heart Nature Website, CREAMFoam “works like a lotion together with Philippine coco nectar and pure avocado oil to keep your hair soft and moisturized from roots to tips.” The product is said to be 96.4% natural so we’re assured of something that’s safe to use on a regular basis.

Human Heart Nature Natural Moisturizing Shampoo with CreamFOAM

All in all, I’m very, very happy with my purchases. Since these products are new, I got them at introductory prices. The 200ml bottle of Hydrating Lotion set me back by just P179.75, which saved me P20. Regular price is P199.75. The 200ml shampoo, meanwhile, just costed me P129.75, which is P10 less than the regular price of P139.75. What a natural high!

 

Loco Over Promos: Love Minerals Foundation + FREE Love Minerals Blush

I got the surprise of my life last Saturday when I went to the Human Heart Nature headquarters in Quezon City to buy the Love Minerals Powder Foundation, among other things.  When I got to the counter, the girl asked which shade of Love Minerals Blush I’d like to have, as they currently have a promo where the blush comes free with any purchase of the Love Minerals Foundation. Stunned, I just gave her a blank stare. Oh what luck I have! For just P425 (the price of one mineral foundation), I get two products–It’s a great deal!

So I quickly mumbled I’ll-go-check-the-sample-shades-first then bolted to the makeup counter to choose. Since I’ve already tried the Petal Bloom shade and wasn’t too happy with it, I opted for the darker Tropical Rose.

This is how it looks like from the box.

Love Minerals Powder Blush in Tropical Rose, still in its box.

As you can see, the box has an old grandma-ish graphic look to it. But it’s not much of an issue for me as what’s important is the actual color the product will be on my cheeks.

The shade actually looks promising. I haven’t used it yet but I’m hoping it will give my cheeks that just-pinched look with just one 10-second round-and-round swipe of my brush with its dark color. This is because I do three sets of 10-second round-and-round brush strokes with my Petal Bloom shade–and it still doesn’t do the job. Sadness.

A pot of Love Minerals Blush in Tropical Rose

As for the Love Minerals Powder Foundation, I must say I’m quite happy with it. I tried on the Orient Pearl shade last Sunday when I went to Mass with my family. Human Heart Nature must have improved the formulation of the particular batch I got since it had very little trace of the metallic smell other blogs complained about. A couple of pats on the pot, followed by a few pats on the face, and then blend–That’s all I needed to get clearer and healthier-looking skin.

Some bloggers claim to have fewer zits after using this product for a while, but I have yet to prove that true. I’ve only used it once, after all. Also, I have yet to find out if this product really reduces oiliness on the face, but I truly hope it does!

Love Minerals Powder Blush in Orient Pearl

And I really hope they change their tacky box design. Look!

A box of Love Minerals Powder Foundation On a brighter note, what’s really important is the product and not the box. Both the Love Minerals powder foundation and blush are natural and organic, which therefore means that these won’t harm the skin now and in the future–and that’s the best thing.

More special offers here. I don’t know how long these offers will last, though.