3 Minute Miracle: Pantene vs Aussie

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Personally, I love hair treatments. Not only do they leave my hair feeling super soft and silky when my hair was feeling rough, but it also leaves my hair smelling incredible! However, sometimes it’s just annoying having to leave it on your hair for 20+ min, maybe because it means you have to wash your hair again or you are too busy. That’s why I love the 5 minute or less deep treatment products, because you can basically treat your hair while taking a shower! Yet, their is another struggle of finding a good deep treatment that actually leaves you hair softer and more hydrated. So, I put two products to the test, and I was pleasantly surprised! The first product is the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle: Reconstructor. Which is an incredible brand with tons of 3 minute mask to choose from. Personally, I have 4 of their products, so it is definitely not a first impression product. The second product is the Pantene 3 Minute Miracle: Total Damage Care. I personally like to use damage care conditioners and treatments, just because I have really thick hair and a lot of it. Even though, I haven’t dyed it or chemically treated it, I find that damage care products give my hair the best deep treatment.

So, the first test is scent.

Pantene 5/5

Aussie 3/5

I love the scent of the Pantene 3 minute miracle! I don’t know how to describe it, but it is a super refreshing scent and it lingers in your hair. I have had compliments on my hair smelling good after using this product. So, it is definitley  gets a 5/5. As for Aussie, I don’t mind the scent to much. However, if I had to describe it, it would be a mix of grape and plastic, but leaning towards grape. In this case. I’m glad it doesn’t linger, so that is why I gave it a 3/5.

Next is the packaging.

Pantene 4/5

Aussie 5/5

For Pantene, I gave 4/5 because it is a normal and convenient packaging, which is easy to squeeze out of the tube. It is also very eye grabbing in terms of the colour choices and looks quite luxuries. However, there are moments when using the product and resealing it can be frustrating (this is when the product build up tends to happen which leaves it difficult to reseal). As for Aussie, I really like the innovative packaging, as there is no lid, it super easy to use, leaving no residue behind, which makes it a 5/5.

Next is Price range.

Pantene 5/5

Aussie 3.5/5

In terms of price, I think that Pantene wins it, at around a 40 dollar price range. While, Aussie is at a 90 dollar price range in HK. So, Pantene is definitely a lot cheaper.

Lastly, Effectiveness.

Pantene 5/5

Aussie 5/5

Honestly, I really enjoy using both products. They leave my hair super silky, as if I got a fresh hair cut from a salon. My ends don’t feel dry and my hair isn’t frizzy. So, that is a 5/5 in my book. Even though, the effect is so similar. They are super different, as the Pantene is a fairly thick and creamy product. While Aussie is more light and a water base product, but they both are incredible!

So, that is my review on these 2 products. I hope you enjoyed it and found it useful and I hope you do check them out, if you are interested.

x. hipster

 

 

4 Things I learned from Uni (will be updated!)

With the summer in full swing and the results released, I have been noticing that there are quite a few students trying to buy supplies for uni or celebrating the final summer before they are officially university students. Having experience university abroad I thought I would write a few posts… perhaps a mini blog post series about university life and what to expect. I wouldn’t call this post… finished because I will be constantly updating it with things I remember or things I have gathered from other graduates about their university experience. So for those headed to uni… here are a few of the things I’ve learnt while at uni.

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I think there is a misconception that comes with University, Universities always emphasis ‘independent study’, independent this and that. I took that to heart thinking that I was alone now and that asking questions wasn’t accepted. I might have taken it the wrong way but this is how I interpreted the ‘uni-life’.

However, at university it is so important to ask, question and enquire:

  • Ask for any clarification from your teachers or academic supervisors.
  • Ask your uni for help, if you are struggling because they have the tools to help you e.g. counsellors, student mentors etc.
  • If you are an international student… don’t be afraid to ask.
  • Enquire about volunteering opportunities or job opportunities.

Screen Shot 2016-07-26 at 9.00.13 pmI think for those who went to uni, they will probably understand this. Yes, I was the girl with a 40kg suitcase and had to unpack my stuff in front of everyone at the check in point at the airport. I thought I needed EVERYTHING. However, there is a stark difference between NEEDING something and WANTING something.

  • Put away the sauces and the obscene amount of clothing. The first term is only 2-3 months so don’t worry too much. after 2-3 months you will now what you really need and if you find out you DO need it.. then I am sure your family can send a care package 🙂
  • If you are carrying a heavy suitcase (*cough 40kg). That suitcase will become the bane of your existence. You’re tired, stressed and nervous and potentially carrying a suitcase that weighs as much as a person.
  • Less is more (need I say more).

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Homesickness (there will be a post on this soon)… Yes this shiz is real. I remember getting very home sick the moment I got off the plane (don’t laugh). How you deal with it is really down to your own personality/coping mechanisms.

  • Ask your family to send a care package with things you forgot to bring or things that make you smile.
  • If you have a close group of friends send letters to each other with photos because most likely through describing your situation and taking photos you might find yourself enjoying your surroundings more.
  • Video Calls have always helped me whenever I felt homesick, however, know that there is a balance.
  • “walk it off”. This is one of my favourite things to do whenever I felt homesick.
    • Go out of your room because it sure can get stuffy in there.
    • Look around you, flowers, grass, sun reflecting off tall glass buildings etc. There is so much happening around you… however, I wouldn’t recommend walking at night.

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Explore. Some of my best memories are when I stepped out of my dorm room, I spent time exploring what London had to offer. I caught up with friends and experienced what Christmas was like in the UK and it was magical.

  • I almost always said yes to opportunities to explore the UK, I spent an extra few weeks after exams to experience the rest of what my campus and London had to offer.
  • If you university ever offer trips around the UK.. take it! You won’t regret it!
  • For university students in places like the UK student ID is key to getting coupons and discounts to go visit museums and tourist attractions.

 

(Will be updated)… If there are any other things that you wish to share (email us at foodieandthehipster@hotmail.com or simply comment below with it and we will add it to the list. 

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Refreshing Summer Treats

  1. Choc Berry Frozen Summer Treats

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So, here are 3 treats perfect for the summer. I hope you enjoy it! They are super healthy and unique in terms of their ingredients, but somehow they work so well and they are super delicious! These ice cream recipes are gonna leave you super cool and refreshed after a hot day in the sun!

x.hipster

 

“Injection” Masks? A full review

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New masks are everywhere nowadays in the beauty market, from bubbling face masks to DIY mix masks now there are masks called DIY injection masks. Personally I am not a fan of injections so the idea of injecting myself was hard to imagine. However, I am a fan of DIY masks so I decided to give them a try.Processed with VSCO

OOZOO Illumination mask 

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OOZOO hydrolift mask

I picked up three masks, two from OOZOO skin sciences, one for illumination and the other hydrating. OOZOO masks are more on the pricey side at HKD$28 per piece compared to VITA BLUE at HKD$20 however, they are Processed with VSCO

How to use them: Although they are straight forward to use based on the instructions on the back, some of the masks require a few more steps.

Vita Blue How to:

  1. you must push on the syringe until the vitamin powder is fully immersed in the ampoule (NMF).
  2. Then you must shake it (30sec-1min) and you will start to see that some of the vitamin powder will dissolve into the ampoule.
  3. Open the circular tap like lid on the mask pouch..
  4. Then turn the syringe to the side and remove the cap (of the syringe).
  5. Push the contents of the syringe into into the pouch and close the lid (of the mask pouch). Using your fingers turn the pouch side to side. Tip: Allow the serum to soak for about a minute.
  6. Peel open the mask and use.

OOZOO Mask How to: 

  1. Push on the syringe hard breaking the first layer containing the thick serum.
  2. Shake the serum into the ampoule until cloudy.
  3. Open the lid to the mask pouch.
  4. Push the contents of the syringe into the pouch and close the lid.
  5. Using your fingers massage the mask. Tip: Allow the serum to soak for about a minute.
  6. Peel open the mask and use.

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Pros & Cons of Injection Masks: 

  • Although the ‘injection part’ is a little gimmicky. They are they are an interesting and fun DIY.
  • The masks are are supposed to be offer a more fresher and nutrient dense mask. Masks that already come soaked in ampoule are said to be less nutrient dense because of the fact that the vitamins disappear overtime. However, with ‘injection’ masks that come with vitamin powder, the vitamins are only activated when you push it into the ampoule.
  • They are definitely more pricey than regular masks.
  • The definitely come with a lot of serum which means that the left overs can be used down your neck or on your hands.

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A week full of blogposts + 200th Post!

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This week we had a few glitches on the site where we weren’t able to access our site. However, the site is now glitch free meaning that we can now go back to posting!

Being that it is our 200th post on the blog, we decided to dedicate the coming week with a week full of blogposts! There will be one (or two) blogposts coming everyday (for one week)! To get notifications on when we post our blogposts follow us here or on bloglovin! 

Hope you are as excited as we are about this! Stay tuned!

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