Zoeva Spring Strobe Spectrum Palette

While I haven’t officially put myself on a spending ban for early 2018, it seems to have crept up and come into effect anyway. Aside from paying only for shipping on some free samples, I’ve actually been spending money on books instead. But this is an excellent opportunity to reassess my collection and work on the review backlog. I’ve had the Zoeva Spring Strobe Spectrum Palette (PHP1,500) for months now, and it’s time to give it the spotlight.

Zoeva Spring Strobe Spectrum Palette

Quick Specs: 4 x 3.8 g / 4x 0.13 oz ; made in Italy


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FOTD: Drag-inspired Makeup, Attempt No. 2

Over the holiday break, I did a lot of Netflix bingeing that somehow led me to Hurricane Bianca, Cherry Pop, and RuPaul’s Drag Race. Naturally, a drag-inspired look followed!

Now, this is actually my second attempt at drag makeup, with the first being Dr. Frank n Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. (Sweet transvestite, I know, but definitely seeing drag elements as well.) For this round, I opted for something playful and glam, as opposed to the more gothic version I did before. Focus was on contouring my nose and cheeks, but I kept my eye makeup more subtle, color-wise, but glittery AF. Products used can be found below!

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Pyunkang Yul Balancing Gel

I suppose in the past year my beauty preferences have graduated into the “distinct product” category. I’m trying to avoid hoarding, but I still want to try new things. Perhaps it’s a passable compromise that I only purchase beauty products that truly excite me. Once I saw Instagram photos of the Pyunkang Yul Balancing Gel (P1,400), it was hard to look away from the unique texture.

Pyunkang Yul Balancing Gel

Quick Specs: 100 ml / 3.3 fl oz ; made in Korea


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Clinique Moisture Surge Supercharged Concentrate

Do you have a default skincare brand? With such a varied selection out there, I think a lot of us tend to mix and match brands depending on which particular products catch our fancy. So a company should be pretty darn special and manage to churn out consistently high-quality releases to be able to establish a long term relationship with clients.

For my mom, that brand is Clinique. And while I don’t know her whole story behind it, I know that she loves their toner, fragrance, facial wash, and powder foundation. She even introduced me to the Clarifying Toner. And while I have yet to declare a default brand, I do share the belief that they’ve got a solid lineup of skincare products. Most recently, I did manage to pick up a bottle of Clinique Moisture Surge Supercharged Concentrate (PHP 2,850; USD 39) to try out.

Clinique Moisture Surge Supercharged Concentrate

Quick Specs: 48 ml / 1.6 fl oz ; made in UK


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Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Stick Eyeshadow in Leila

While I still purchase eyeshadow palettes from time to time, depending on the curating of pretty shades, I have stuck steadfastly with shadow sticks more recently. I’ve been having less time to prep before leaving the house, and the unintentional solution is to spend less time blending shadows together and more time trying to perfect my brows. (Can you relate?) So I don’t see my eyeshadow pens getting retired anytime soon. In fact, I’ve nearly finished up my beloved Laura Mercier Amethyst Caviar Stick, so I went ahead and bought a Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Stick Eyeshadow in Leila (PHP 654 at Sephora.ph)

Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop in Leila

Quick Specs: 1.6 g / 0.05 oz ; made in Italy


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