Working with my new beauty budget is tricky. I still want so many things, but I’m constantly trying to remind myself that 2015 is all about NOT hoarding. I’m going to include things that aren’t in my budget since dreams are free, but I intend to think each entry carefully before deciding what to go for. Ergo, I’m also jotting down the reasons not to go for these items. Pros and cons, people. Lemmings are the enemy!
1. Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Black Karat
Smokey, sexy black gold. Need I say more? Okay, fine. I’ve never been into black smokey eyes. It’s always been brown, blue, or purple. The farthest I’ve gone with black is black gold, even with eyeliner. This kind of color is something I could play with, but then again I don’t want to spend so much just to toy around with the concept of black gold. It has to be for keeps!
2. Dr. Jart BB Cream: Black Label or Silver Label
For the moment, I’m excusing myself from the great foundation debate. My recent dry skin dilemma has successfully given me a new-found respect for BB cream, so I’m looking to explore a few Asian brands. Dr. Jart is on my Luxola list for the rave reviews, but I’m having trouble deciding on the color. The “finalists” are silver label (yellow-toned, matte finish, but light) and black label (beige). Dr. Jart no longer has distribution in the Philippines, so it’s going to have to be a blind buy. (That’s a con, right there!) I still have a SGD 20 gift card or I could wait for the next sale, but I want to chose carefully.
3. Chanel Extrait de Gloss in Merveille
I swatched randomly and fell for it. Sometimes it looks plum, sometimes it looks brown. I’m starting to think it’s the lip gloss version of Laura Mercier’s Amethyst Caviar Stick. I’m loving the confusion and I’m loving the high pigmentation on this gloss even more, but not so much the hefty price tag and the fact that I’ve already hoarded a healthy amount of gloss.
4. Happy Skin ZZ Cream
The Zit Zapper Second Skin Cream is apparently a foundation. Here I was thinking it was a BB cream, especially because it’s only available in one shade. Didn’t get to do a full-on lighting test last time, so I’ll revisit this at a later date. I like how it’s supposed to combat acne, but I don’t like the lack of color selection.
5. Etude House Sparkling Toc!s All In One Gel
I have no shortage of moisturizers at the moment, so the purchase of this will have to come at a much later time. It smells like lemon-lime soda, plus it looks cute. The reasons for wanting this is as shallow as it gets, but that’s how I got some of my Korean beauty products in the first place.