Have you seen Cathy Doll products at your nearby department store yet? It’s a Korean-inspired brand distributed by a Thai company, Karmarts, and it came to the Philippine market with a bang. I was able to attend the launch event on behalf of Project Vanity and was wowed by the humongous lineup of makeup and skincare items they brought in. You can pretty much shop for head-to-toe products from this brand, and the offerings are affordable—perhaps on the higher range of drugstore prices, but reasonable.
I was so overwhelmed with what to try out first that I couldn’t even decide what to write about. Luckily, I ran out of feminine wash, and so the circumstance made the decision for me. Let’s discuss Cathy Doll Come On Baby Intimate Cleansing Gel Very Sensitive (PHP 169).
Cathy Doll Come On Baby Very Sensitive Intimate Cleansing Gel
Quick Specs: 100 ml ; made in Korea
Confession: I am the girl who over-packs no matter what. When I travel with family, it is to the dismay of my mother to see just how many bath and beauty products I force into a small case. I set a rule for myself that everything has to fit into a pouch or case, but I’m always cramming things in to the point of case deformity. And even in my purse, friends often chuckle over why I insist on bringing enough makeup to do a full face from start to finish. Needless to say, the first thing that usually breaks from may vanity kit is the zipper. lol
When the Project Vanity kits came out, I was thrilled and thought the concept was genius. It’s made for hoarders like me who have a difficult time curating their kikay kit. These themed pouches (and one bag) do the thinking for you. It’s kind of like a subscription box, but with a receptacle you can tote around daily. Here’s what I brought to my vacation that significantly lessened my luggage weight:
The Project Vanity Crossbody Bag
Read on to see what’s inside the bag…
I kind of went a little cray-cray this month (and the last) shopping for makeup that would fit with the weather change. It’s not necessarily gloomy (to represent rainy days) as I prefer to look at it as edgy. One of the shades that instantly stood out to me was Colourpop Lippie Stix in Pitch (USD 5). Not sure if it’s supposed to be grunge, but we’ll see how it works on the most non-grunge person in the world (i.e. me).
Quick Specs: 1.0 g / 0.0352 oz ; made in USA
*Photo from Colourpop website
You know you’re around close friends when you get around to discussing awkward sweating. (But isn’t all sweating awkward anyway?) One friend confessed to avoiding clothing of a certain color, calling it her jabar (Pinoy slang for pit stains) fabric. It was probably a reaction to the dye, but it got us to the discussion of pores, sweat, and other personal hygiene issues. Now with another girlfriend, we also got around to discussing the same subject, and she had this sparkling recommendation for me: V&M Naturals Underarmour Aloe Tea + Licorice Mint Deodorant (P555).
V&M Naturals Underarmour Brightening and Invigorating Deodorant
Quick Specs: 50 ml / 1.69 oz ; made in the Philippines
Here’s a tip I learned from a pro makeup artist from way back: Avoid using shimmer shadows when doing makeup for those aged 50 and beyond as the shimmer tends to emphasize fine lines and wrinkles.
That’s probably one of the most heartbreaking beauty tips I’ve ever heard, since I have a profound passion for shimmery things that has spanned over a decade. In fact, even when I’m not in the market to buy new makeup, it’s a new type of shimmer that tends to get me to open my wallet. (My trigger?) Exactly that happened when I went to a workshop and discovered MAC Soft Serve Eye Shadow in Must Be Lust (USD 22).
MAC Soft Serve Eye Shadow
Quick Specs: 5 g / 0.17 oz ; made in Italy
MAC Soft Serve Must Be Lust Eye Shadow