Back in my teens, the facial cleanser was THE skincare product I was most game to hoard. The rationale was that I would use it 2-3 times a day anyway, so it would run out fast and I would be able to try so many brands. But as my skin started to settle down and beauty tech advanced further, I realized that cleanser formulas varied greatly. It’s not just about the foaming action and scent anymore. You have to consider pH levels and general skin compatibility, in addition to the ingredients list.
So next up for me is the In Her Element Low pH Rose Radiant Cleanser (P495 / 112 ml) which, from the name alone, already ticks one of the boxes.
Quick Specs: made in the Philippines
Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Acrylates Crosspolymer-4, Citric Acid, Centella Asiatica Extract (and) Butylene Glycol (and) 1,2-Hexanediol (and) Ethylhexylglycerin, Rose Extract (and) 1,2-Hexanediol, 1,3-Butylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Glycol Distearate, Phenoxyethanol (and) Ethylhexylglycerin, Niacinamide, Parfum, Tetrasodium EDTA
I know plenty of us like acquiring new accessories, because who doesn’t like shiny, new baubles? But it’s always extra memorable when the piece has a story behind it. I recently got one that I wanted to share, because it was unexpected but turned out wonderful. And it all started with a raffle…
Raffle prizes; image from @glitters_and_ice.ph Instagram account
So… I finished Cooking With Paris sometime last week. I didn’t watch it immediately upon release, because I had to get into a specific mood: Not looking for anything serious, feeling a little nostalgic, and reaching the point of sabaw (Tagalog for soup; describing that state of mind where the brain feels exhausted enough to resemble sludge or soup). And you know what? I didn’t hate it.
Cooking With Paris; image from Netflix
I’ve seen the reviews. It’s polarizing. But I was personally going through puberty during the height of The Simple Life’s popularity and the proper rise of celeb-centric reality shows. (I was obsessed with Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica!) So I was able to find the humor in this out-of-touch rich girl attempting “commoner” chores. And if you got on that bandwagon before, you’d know that Paris is the OG reality star. (Kardashian who?)
It’s no secret that Avon fragrances are diverse. I know this for a fact because I’ve owned several of them (or their skin softener counterpart) in my earlier years. My journey started with the youthful Yessamin in my teens. When I started working, I got me some comforting Far Away Bella (that I still remember fondly to this day). So it’s a full circle moment to receive a bottle of Imari Rouge (PHP 599 / 50 ml) from Avon, which actually feels a lot like an adulting milestone.
Avon Imari Rouge
Facial oils haven’t been high up on my list of skincare staples, truth be told. I’ve always preferred the creamy feel of a moisturizer, and I don’t care much for the nutty smells of most popular facial oils. But since trying out the Purito Plainet Squalane Oil 100 (PHP / USD 13.80 for 30ml / 1 fl oz), I’ve reached for it consistently for the last 3 months.
Ingredients: 100% sugarcane-derived squalane oil