August 2018 Empties

I’m always talking about my personal anti-hoarding campaign, but I feel like I’ve actually made a lot of progress this year. I want to free up the linen closet I’ve been using to hold skincare and bath products to hold… well, towels and linen. Out of the three shelves in that closet, I’ve already been able to reclaim one! Now I’ve got a fresh batch of empties and the wish that another shelf will be good to go by the end of the year.

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-imperfection Daily Solution

At a certain point, I think everyone has their list of go-to ingredients that they check for when shopping for potential skincare products. I often seek out hyaluronic acid in moisturizers, centella for soothing skincare, and witch hazel or tea tree oil for those occasional flare-ups.

For my most recent anti-blemish care purchase, I’ve decided to change things up by trying out a serum-type blemish care product that I can easily sandwich between toner and moisturizer. This is The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution (PHP 1,095 / USD 13.20).

The Body Shop Blemish Solution

Quick Specs: 50 ml / 1.69 fl oz ; made in Thailand

Ingredients: Water, Alcohol Denat., Propanediol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil/Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Medicago Sativa Extract/Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Limonene, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citral, t-Butyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Citronellol, Leptospermum Petersonii Oil, Tocopherol

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Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer

Funny story about this concealer purchase: I was on vacation when I saw Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer in Light (PHP 399 / USD 9.99) on display. There were so many raves that I just had grab one, even if the price was roughly equivalent to PHP 600. And then, what do ya know, it officially launched in the Philippines two months later and PHP 200 cheaper. So, yeah, the joke’s on me… Is it at least worth the unintentional splurge?

Quick Specs: 6ml / 0.2 fl oz

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In Her Element Triple Treat Eye Cream

Confession: I need to double up on my skincare. I don’t usually have skincare on in the daytime, expect for sunscreen and a hydrating primer when going out. The rest tend to feel sticky, but that will likely change as the -ber months approach. Meanwhile, I’ve been using richer moisturizer formulas at night to make up for lost time. For the eyes, it’s In Her Element Triple Treat Eye Cream (PHP645).

In Her Element Triple Treat Eye Cream

Quick Specs: 10 ml ; made in the Philippines

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cucumus Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Glycerine, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-75 Stearate, Ceteth-20, Steareth-2, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Niacinamide, Rosa Moschata (Rosehip) Oil, Allantoin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate & Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract & Punica Granatum Extract & Caffeine, Phytonadione, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Algae Extract, Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Enzyme, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopherol, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate

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Revlon Insta-Blush

I am a lazy blush user. I will have the same compact or stick in my makeup bag for months at a time, because I can’t be bothered to coordinate. That’s why I generally go for long-wear neutral blushes. It’s just easier to match with any lip color. When I’m extra lazy, I’ll even skip the powder formula altogether and turn to a stick or cream blush to eliminate the need for tools. On that topic, let’s talk about Revlon Insta-Blush in 320 Berry Kiss (PHP 575 ; ), and if it could be the lazy blusher’s new BFF.

Revlon Insta-Blush

Quick Specs: 8.9 g / 0.31 oz ; made in the USA

Active: Titanium Dioxide 4.7%, Zinc Oxide 2.1%. Inactive: Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Polyethylene, Triethylhexanoin, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Silica, Microcrystalline Wax, Adipic Acid / Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Boron Nitride, Ozokerite, Phenyl Trimethicone, Bis-(C12-14 Alkyl PPG-2) Hexamethylenediurea, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Niacinamide, Hydrolyzed Oat Flour, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lecithin, Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides, Palmitic Acid, Oleic Acid, Ceramide 3, Phytosphingosine, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Ceramide 6 II, Cholesterol, Ceramide 1, Nylon-12, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Methicone, Cetyl PEG / PPG-10 / 1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Linoleic Acid, Methoxy Amodimethicone / Silsesquioxane Copolymer, Triolein, Stearic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Sorbic Acid. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499).

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