The Saem Iceland Skincare Collection

I think I’m starting to develop a preference for Kbeauty brand, The Saem. Back in circa 2012, it was my dad who unintentionally introduced me to it during a trip to Korea. Not usually a skincare person, he caught sight of the never-ending lineup of beauty stores and decided he wanted to try some anti-aging stuff. I saw their Gem Miracle line with shimmer pigments and pearly balls suspended in their toner and serum, respectively. This was a relatively new concept (at least, to me) at the time, and it blew my mind. Fast forward to 2016-2017, where the brand still doesn’t have a boutique in the Philippines, but they do have several items for sale in Althea Korea.

Just like that day when I spotted the Gem Miracle line, I found myself amazed at the presentation of the The Saem Iceland skincare line. In fact, it has now become my summer skincare routine.

The Saem Iceland Skincare Collection

Quick Specs: made in Korea

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Aveda Botanical Kinetics Purifying Creme Cleanser

The other day, I got to thinking about my cleansing habits. I can’t imagine going without the two-step method of using a designated makeup remover first (micellar, bi-phase, cleansing oil, etc.) followed by a foaming facial wash. But when I was in high school and college, I only used to go for a heavy foam, heavy-duty (read: drying) facial wash and and proceeded with a cotton soaked with an alcohol-based toner. In retrospect, yikes.

Anyway, I’m much more particular about cleansers nowadays due to my dry skin. And since I’ve read a lot of raves about Aveda products, I decided to give Aveda Botanical Kinetics Purifying Creme Cleanser (USD 25 for 5 fl oz / 150ml) a shot.

Aveda

Quick Specs: made in USA

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Tarte Intro to Tarte Deluxe Discovery Set

While the first quarter of 2017 may be done, I am still sorting through my 2016 holiday haul. Naturally, beauty-loving friends went a little Black Friday gaga and pooled our US purchases for shipping to Manila. The first of my buys making a debut for review here is the Intro to Tarte Deluxe Discovery Set (USD 10). *Note that this is a limited edition set for Black Friday that is no longer being sold, but there are resellers still offering this set.

Tarte Intro to Tarte

Quick Specs: Mascara 4 ml / 0.13 fl oz manufactured in Italy and assembled in Taiwan ; lipstick 1 g / 0.035 oz made in Italy ; blush 1.5 g / 0.05 oz made in China

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The Face Shop Miracle Finish Oil Control Water Cushion

Summertime! Time to bust out the cushion compacts in an attempt to make my makeup last longer. 😀 And because I want to look fresh and bright without going full-on dewy (pass on the greasy look in the middle of summer), a mattifying cushion compact felt like a safe investment to me. Meet The Face Shop Miracle Finish Oil Control Water Cushion in V103 Pure Beige (PHP 1,095).

The Face Shop Miracle Finish Oil Control Cushion

Quick Specs: 15 g / 0.52oz ; made in Korea

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