Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The PHD thesis: Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment

As I said before, there's no such thing as "good makeup day" but there's a big importance on having a good hair day. My problem is I have little time getting ready in the morning anyway, much less time to do my hair. Most of the time, I take my shower and wash my hair when the Tod is taking a nap (aka mid-day) or after he goes to bed at night. In the morning, I just did my skin care & makeup. But if I don't do my hair, I'll look like c%rp for the rest of the week.

So, when a while ago the ladies at Makeupalley Family Board were clamoring about PHD, Perfect Day Hair by Living Proof,  I have to test it to see if it can be the holy grail product that I've been looking for. My thought is, if I can prolong my style just by even a day more, that means a day I don't have to worry about juggling things and possibly starting the third World War with the Tod. 


This patented molecule OFPMA supposedly repel grease & dust to make hair looks fresher longer. Another molecule PBAE supposedly gives volume. I checked the patents on these two molecules, the holders are people from Living Proof. Hmm.. do they test these on animals? I hope so, so at least I know that these won't give me cancer. Flock here for product ingredient list.

End points:
  1. non-greasy looking bangs
  2. style still holds up the second/third day if I style my hair in the morning
  3. style still holds up if I style my hair the night before and go straight to bed --> ain't it the true test of any styling product. If it survives the overnight sleep, it'll survive anything.

I wash my hair with conditioning shampoo (lately it is dryBar Sake Bomb). Then put on some conditioner (dryBar Happy Hour conditioner or Kevyn Murphy). Then I put PHD styling 5-in1 approximately a-dime-sized dollop on my just-below-the-shoulder-length hair, spreading from roots to tips, just as suggested. Then I style as usual, usually blow dry using 1.5 an 3 inches barrel brushes. I do not put extra styling products on top of PHD.


The product consistency is similar to a thick cream/gel conditioner. It is scented but isn't overpowering (a lot less stinkier than Elnett hairspray). It does not weigh down my thin hair and it spreads nicely.

  1. It does make my bangs less greasy looking, especially on the second and the third day, but the roots on my crown does look visibly greasy on the third day.
  2. My style holds up some on the second day, went straight on the third day. 
  3. Style went flat right after waking up in the morning when I styled my hair the night before with PHD. Usually, when I get my hair blow-dried professionally, it can retain some of the styling the next day (I sleep on satin pillow sheet for this purpose). 
  4. I found that when I use PHD, my hair is having a hard time retaining curls/curling. I have to blast hot air several times before achieving the same curl that I would have without using PHD. 
  5. My hair looking nice and smooth right after styling. No noticeable volumizing effect, definitely comparable with using my regular volumizing mousse.

PHD only prolongs my hair style by one day. I usually wash every other day, now I can wash on the third day, but with visibly greasy roots on the crown. Unfortunately, it does not aid styling; in fact, it is harder for my hair to hold curls when I use PHD. Maybe I should combine it with PHD 'poo and conditioner for best result? I don't know.. both are pricey. I suspect that perhaps PHD is better used in conjunction with hot-styling tools like straight/curling irons. I also think that maybe you should still use your regular styling products on top of PHD to retain style.

My next research project is to bring PHD to a professional blow-dry bar. Who's willing to fund me in this research endeavor (it's $35 a pop in my neck of the woods)?


For home styling, not worth the money & effort. Won't repurchase.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment ($26) is available at Sephora, Nordstrom or online from their website.

Monday, April 14, 2014

MOTW: Coral Eyes

I love the idea of following makeup trend but hate to shell out money, especially for trendy stuffs. One of the trend I like to try this Spring is coral eyes, so I whip out this selection from my own stash:

  • Horizon de Chanel Blush: the middle dark pink/purple bar on lash line to soften the pencil liner (see below) and the coral shade below it as accent on the eyes.
  • Burberry Gold Trench: hardly ever used this one, but it makes the perfect canvas/deepening color on the crease for coral accent.
  • Burberry Trench as a base
  • Lunasol Skin Modeling Foundation: I'm testing this one out. This foundation is not ideal for dry skin like mine, but I use quite emollient base & skin care daily anyway. I apply this with wet sponge, lightly tapping to synergize it to the moist, freshly-prepped skin.
  • NYX Butter Gloss in Apfel Strudel: a pale, coral pink with sickly fruity scent which is a bit less offensive than NYX Mega Shine gloss.
  • Maquillage Mascara, the lengthening kind. LOVE!
  • Burberry Sheer Concealer Pen in 01 Light Beige
  • Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Black Tulip
  • Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow to round up the look for the lovely pink-coral halo.
    A little note about using broken blush/pan: if you have used broken pan before, you know that it will never deliver the same uniform pigment. Every time I open this pan, a bit of blush chipped out and the dust just inevitably cling patchily to the brush. So sad.. In my MUA heyday, I would have packed this baby with alcohol but I learned that once I did so, the pigment/powder never picked up the same with brush. Totally still usable but I wish I have a new pan so I won't have to deal with the patchy powder in daily basis. 
The Tod is sick so we'll most probably be staying at home during this whole Spring break week. I hope everyone have a great week!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Thankful Thursday

So Thankful Tuesday comes two days late, but better late than never. I've been especially thankful for:
  • Great weather! I mean, no rain is great, right? I don't mind a bit of cloud, but non-rainy day means scooting in the park, getting into the zip line with the Tod, eating ice cream, all those wonderful things
  • Friends. Ah.. where would we be without them. The only reason why we have not moved from our tiny house is friends we have nearby & neighbors with whom we actually love to hang out. No amount of money can buy that..
  • Flowers, flowers everywhere.
  • My orchid coming back to life, thanks to my green-thumbed neighbor. Apparently some mold has been eating at the root but thanks to her, I think Vandy is going to be ok.
  • Birthdays. I used to hate birthdays, mine or anyone else's. But now that I have friends who have children, I am always reminded that birthdays are privileges. It is truly an honor to have witnessed yet another year of a child growing up healthy and happy, especially in this world that is full of things that can go wrong, really, it is against all odds to have a wonderful celebration of life.
I hope everyone has had a good week so far!