In Her Element Cocoa Lip Balm

My love for a good lip balm has not waned, even during the pandemic. I regularly put them on before bed, so my going-out habits haven’t affected my usage. (Next to moisturizer, this is probably the beauty product I use up the most these days…) And for all my years trying different formulas, this latest one I got has exceeded expectations. Say hello to the new version of the In Her Element Cocoa Lip Balm (PHP 185 / 5 g).

Quick Specs: made in the Philippines

Ingredients: Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit (Vanilla) Oil, Choco Vanilla Oil

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COSRX Propolis Light Ampoule

Honey and propolis in skincare is not a novelty. I’ve been hearing about it for years, but I was surprised to realize that I had yet to actually incorporate it into my own routine until the COSRX Full Fit Propolis Light Ampoule (PHP 1,430 / USD 28 for 30 ml) came along. Oh, henny! I am tardy to the party.

Quick Specs: made in Korea

Ingredients: Propolis Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Betaine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cassia Obtusifolia Seed Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carbomer, Panthenol, Arginine

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In Her Element Masknegel Spot Treatment

For the most part, I have embraced being a shut-in. Online shopping and work-from-home conditions make things easier. But on the odd errand, I don’t exactly look forward to the maskne that I just know is going to show up the next day. It happens, even when my face is squeaky clean before donning a mask or even though I’ve only had the mask on for an hour.

I am glad, however, that some beauty brands are quick to get with the program. Let’s discuss the In Her Element Maskne Gel (P445 for 10ml).

Quick Specs: made in the Philippines

Ingredients: (Aqua, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Madecassoside), Ethyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Panthenol (Pro-vitamin B5), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil (Tea Tree Oil)

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Foreo Luna Mini 3

It has been around 2 years since I first started using my Foreo Luna Play Plus. While I still laud this model for being a fantastic entry-level purchase to welcome novices to the Foreo cleanser line, I was able to upgrade to a Luna Mini 3 (PHP 10,450) at the start of this year, and it has definitely been a level-up in my experience.

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Quick Specs: IP68 water-resistance rating; made in China

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L’ESSENTIAL D5 Brightening Sunscreen

Just in time for the hottest point of the summer, I was able to take L’ESSENTIAL D5 Brightening Sunscreen (P994 / 50ml on Shopee) for a test drive on my rare errand days.

Quick Specs: made in Korea

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide, Caprylyl Methicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Propanediol, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Guaiazulene, Cyclomethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Sorbitan Caprylate, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Lauryl Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Glyceryl Caprylate, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract, Rose Extract, Pyrus Communis (Pear) Fruit Extract, Prunus Domestica Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Leaf/Stem Extract, Tocopherol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Plankton Extract, Madecassoside, Rosa Hybrid Flower Extract, Arginine Ferulate

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