Me and My Plants

I have been on indefinite hiatus since October 2019. I’ve attempted to maintain a blog as a writing exercise. Maybe out of fear that I’ll forget how to do it if I stop for too long. But these last two years have gradually changed that perception. I’ve been writing monthly articles/reviews for Project Vanity, and I also write for a bi-annual wedding magazine. If it’s just about practice, then I’m all good.

The reality is that my priorities have started to shift as well. I wanted to focus on different career opportunities. I’ve also been dealing with some frustrations in my life, career path, and relationship. And in that internal chaos, I accidentally rediscovered my love for plants.

3rd attempt at Kale; birds kept pecking

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FAIL: Pat McGrath LUST Mini MatteTrance Lipstick Trio

Let’s not sugarcoat it: This isn’t a review. It’s a rant. When you think about a luxury product (or something you perceive as a luxury item), there’s a combination of mystique and reverence you reserve for it. There are high expectations. I had that same regard for Pat McGrath.

Photo from Vanity Fair

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Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

A major catalyst for changing up my skincare routine was a bad reaction I got from a cleanser. Without naming any names, it was a supposedly moisturizing facial wash that ended up severely drying out my skin. The resulting pimples from my messed up moisture barrier was enough to get me on the low-foam/no-foam train, stat. On recommendation, I got myself some Fresh Soy Face Cleanser (PHP 886 for 50ml from Sephora.ph).

Quick Specs: made in USA

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Coco-Glucoside, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Xanthan Gum, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Rosa Damascena Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, Benzoic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Lecithin, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Caramel, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol

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Fenty Beauty Flyliner Longwear Liquid Eyeliner

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).

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Huxley Secret of Sahara Cream Anti-Gravity

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

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