Divergent: A Book Review

Divergent

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Oh, Divergent. I really should have learned my lesson by now about picking up these Young Adult books which have high ratings on Goodreads. I decided to read this because it’s supposedly “the next Hunger Games” and because of the aforementioned high ratings and that a movie is coming out by next year.

Synopsis: In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

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Tresemme Smooth and Shine Shampoo and Conditioner Review

From the Tresemme India website:

This product with vitamin H and silk protein intensely moisturizes dry, rough hair. For hair that feels soft and smooth.

HOW IT WORKS

  • Delivers intense moisturisation, targeting the areas your hair needs it most – the key to salon silk moisture.
  • Contains silk protein and vitamin H.
  • For smoother, silkier hair.

I saw this at the supermarket in a trial-sized version, 90mL each for the shampoo and conditioner and cost about Php90 for the pack. I picked this up because I heard raves about the Tresemme heat protectant and for some reason I thought this shampoo and conditioner would work great. And it’s for dry and frizzy hair, and my hair is exactly that. And it was cheap and tiny, perfect for trying it out for my hair for a couple of weeks.

Sorry for the crappy photo.

Sorry for the crappy photo.

What I like about the two products: Smells great and it lasts for the whole day, so that’s good. I found myself sniffing my hair before I went to bed. The shampoo lathered up very easily, which is not an easy task on my hair. That’s about it.

What I don’t like about the two products: It didn’t help with my tangles, if anything, it made my hair tangle up more and adding to my hairfall. Not cool. And a very weird side effect, a pimple started growing on my scalp (what!) somewhere behind my left ear and a couple inches above my nape. I have never ever had pimples on my scalp. And I’d get this stabbing pain on that spot at random times when my hair moves. I swear to god, so weird.

I immediately stopped using this because, damn, I don’t want any stabbing pains anywhere in my body thank you very much.

Rating: 3/10 Well, it smells nice. And my hair kind of felt soft, but I didn’t feel like my hair was being hydrated enough. And a pimple on the scalp? FFS.

Clean and Clear Essentials Foaming Facial Wash Review

[Okay a little intro: I am in this phase right now where I am trying out a myriad of skincare and haircare products to help my acne and hair calm down. Since I am going through a lot of products, I thought, why not let review these things so I can track my progress with these things and maybe even help out people who are looking for reviews on certain products. This would be my first time doing this, so I might still be a little vague for I am a bit unaware of certain terminologies concerning skincare and haircare. Okay good.]

This was the only facial wash I used when I was in high school and I had pretty clear skin back then. I stopped using it for some reason and completely forgot about it. When my acne suddenly broke out around the time I turned 21, and I saw this in Watson’s, I immediately picked it up hoping for the same results it brought me when I was a teenager.

Sorry if I can’t provide an actual product photo yet, I left mine in Manila. Maybe I’ll insert it later when I get back.

I used this for about four months on and off, I think, for it is very hard to find in drugstores. I’ll be lucky to find a small bottle available.

What I like about this product is it’s so light and refreshing. It also lathers up a lot so a small drop is enough to wash my face and neck.  A small bottle can last me two months.

What I don’t like about this product is sadly it doesn’t work for me anymore. I read online that they changed the formula (removed triclosan) so that might be it. I kept breaking out and my cheeks (where the breakouts usually happen) became really red.

Rating: 4/10 This makes me really sad because I have this nostalgic connection to it but what can I do, it just doesn’t work anymore.