Missha Glow Skin Balm

After lockdown restrictions eased up a little bit, I realized that I had been on a (forced!) no-buy for the past 5 months, quietly using up my skincare stockpile. It also occurred to me that, when the time came to start using makeup again, my habits would probably change. When there are no big events to go to in the foreseeable future, I think I can get used to lighter, luminous makeup. So it made sense for me to invest in a skincare makeup base like the Missha Glow Skin Balm (PHP780 for 50ml on Althea Korea).

Quick Specs: made in Korea

Ingredients: Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Squalane, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Niacinamide, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Synthetic Beeswax, PEG-40 Stearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Water, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG-100 Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Sodium Polyacrylate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Ethylhexyl Cocoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyglyceryl-6 Stearate, Disodium EDTA, Laureth-7, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil, Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Esculentus Extract, Lupinus Albus Seed Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Leaf Oil, Polysorbate 20, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Polyglyceryl-6 Behenate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Glucose, Glycine, Serine, Glutamic Acid, Ceramide NP, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Aspartic Acid, Leucine, Alanine, Lysine, Arginine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Threonine, Valine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Cysteine, Methionine

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Nichido Pro Makeup Powder Brush 191

On one of my many mindless wanderings last year through The SM Store’s beauty section, I spotted the Nichido Pro Makeup Powder Brush 191 (PHP288) and thought it looked interesting. Extra long handle? Yes, this was meant for makeup artists using the brush on other people! So I asked to see a sample and was instantly drawn to how fluffy and soft the hairs were against the back of my hand. SOLD!

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Nuxe Comforting Cleansing Milk With Rose Petals

I discovered Nuxe for the first time back in 2015 after winning a contest when they first launched in the Philippines. When I went to pick up my prize, the sweet marketing rep offered some of their full-sized products at a significant discount. I couldn’t resist a good deal, so I ended up picking up several skincare products. One of them was Nuxe Comforting Cleansing Milk With Rose Petals (PHP1,150 for 200ml on BeautyMNL or Rustan’s Department Store), and it wasn’t quite love-at-first-use.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, C14-22 Alcohols, Parfum/Fragrance, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Propanediol, Benzyl Alcohol, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Capryloyl Glycine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Sodium Hydroxide, Carbomer, Citric Acid, Sodium Cottonseedamphoacetate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Allantoin, Tetrasodium Edta, Dehydroacetic Acid [N2306/A]

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A’pieu Madecassoside Ampoule

It’s possible that I may be maturing in terms of the way I purchase skincare products. Where once upon a time I was easily wowed by creative packaging and exotic fragrances, I am now more wary about the ingredients that go into each product and how a new buy will fit in with all the other stuff I’m still using. I veer further into conscious skincare choices with the Apieu Madecassoside Ampoule (PHP 610 / 30ml from Althea Korea).

Quick Specs: made in Korea

Ingredients: Centella Asiatica Extract, Madecassoside

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I’m Meme I’m Glitter Beam

Aaah glitter makeup… It can either be glorious or a hot mess. There is no in-between! So every time you purchase one, it feels like taking a leap of faith. My last buy was the Fenty Beauty Diamond Bomb last year, and it feels like the right time to try again with I’m Meme Glitter Beam in Hit the Mark (PHP 406 for 3.1 g)

Quick Specs: made in Korea

Ingredients: Water, Polyethylene Terephthalate, PVP, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, VP/Methacrylamide/Vinyl Imidazole Copolymer, t-Butyl Alcohol, Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Caprylyl Glycol, Phenylpropanol, Tocopherol, Propanediol, Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Acrylates Copolymer, Benzoic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Polyurethane-11, Vinyl Acetate, Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Carmine (CI 75470)

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