I have stuck with liquid liner pens almost exclusively since discovering them. For my semi monolids, the thinnest line that gets as close to my lash line saves a whole lot of eyelid space for my eyeshadow du jour to shine through. And while my go-to is usually a Japanese brand (for their ultra-fine tips created for monolids), Fenty Beauty Flyliner Longwear Liquid Eyeliner in Cuz I’m Black (PHP 1,150).
Quick Specs: 0.55 ml / 0.019 oz; made in Korea
Ingredients: AQUA/WATER/EAU, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, STYRENE/ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, STYRENE/ACRYLATES/AMMONIUM METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER, BEHENETH-30, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, ALCOHOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, SODIUM LAURETH-12 SULFATE, DISODIUM EDTA, C11-15 PARETH-7, TETRASODIUM EDTA, PHENOXYETHANOL, SODIUM DEHYDROACETATE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, BLACK 2 (CI 77266) (NANO).
With the current state of my skin—dry with a moisture barrier that’s easily compromised—I have a tendency to reach for the richer face creams in my collection. When I’m feeling heavy duty, I immediately go for my trusty tin of German Nivea Creme. But the rest of the time, Huxley Secret of Sahara Cream; Anti-Gravity (PHP 1,650 at Freyja) is doing the work.
Quick Specs: 50 ml / 1.69 fl oz ; made in Korea
Call me Colourpop crazy. I had a casual relationship with this brand when I first started using their Lippie Stix back in 2015. But when I discovered the magic of their eyeshadows last year, I was well and truly hooked. Eye makeup is their jam, so Colourpop BFF Mascara in Blue Ya Mind (USD 8 / PHP 420) sets the bar high for drugstore mascara.
Colourpop BFF Mascara Blue Ya Mind
Quick Specs: 7 g / 0.24 oz ; made in USA
Ingredients: Water, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Cyclopentasiloxane, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Butylene Glycol, VP/VA Copolymer, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, C32-36 Isoalkyl Stearate , Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Acacia Senegal Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Stearyl Behenate, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Octyldodecanol, Panthenol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate, Myristic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Chlorphenesin, Simethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Nylon-6, Polysorbate 60, Methyl Alcohol, Methyl Acetate, Black 2 (CI 77266), Ultramarines (CI 77007).
I have long since gotten rid of most of my astringent skincare products after fully accepting the fact that I have somewhat problematic dry skin. I do, however, still keep a few blemish busters on hand for those rough days, like Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Toner. Sadly, one of my favorites, the In Her Element Spot Control Facial Oil, has been discontinued. And I am now on the lookout for a replacement, starting with The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil (PHP 495 for 10ml).
Quick Specs: made in UK
Ingredients: Aqua (Solvent/Diluent), Alcohol Denat. (Solvent/Diluent), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifier), Polysorbate 20 (Emulsifier), Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil (Natural Additive), Limonene (Natural Additive), t-Butyl Alcohol (Denaturant), Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent), Citral (Natural Additive), Leptospermum Petersonii Oil (Natural Additive), Denatonium Benzoate (Denaturant), Tocopherol (Antioxidant).
Despite showing up only once on this blog since its 2017 launch, BLK Cosmetics has constantly been on my radar. The price point and quality are attractive to me, especially after having tried their Velvet Lip Cream. I guess I’ve just been waiting for the launch of something particularly inspiring, and it came in the form of the BLK Universal Color Kit Bundle in True Tan (PHP 1,499 on Lazada).
Quick Specs: made in Taiwan