MAC Studio Waterweight Foundation

After years of trials and errors in the quest to find my perfect foundation shade match, I found myself equipped once more with enough confidence to broaden my horizons by trying out a different brand. What better than to turn to an industry standard? Hello, MAC Studio Waterweight SPF30 Foundation in NC20 (PHP 2,200 / USD 36).

Quick Specs: 30 ml / 1.0 fl oz ; made in Belgium

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Shopee Buy: Acrylic Makeup Brush Organizer

This is a quick post, but I think it’s worth spreading the word: Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of shopping at Shopee (as opposed to anywhere else online). And it’s not necessarily beauty stuff as you’d expect, since I’m on a Low Buy for 2018! I’ve gotten almonds, supplements, stationery, and even a phone case, because they’ve got stackable promotions (purchase points + discount promo code + free shipping for minimum spend). It’s basically whetting the local couponer’s appetite.

In one of my nightly casual browsing sessions, the Acrylic Brush Organizer from Pretty Angel Shoppe went on a flash sale deal for P359 (SRP 500). With my ample brush stash distributed between two old zippered pouches, the move to a see-through, well-protected container felt pretty darn right at the moment. And so I treated myself to this:

Brush Organizer from Shopee

What arrived on my doorstep was a well-packaged product with box and foam stoppers, plus plastic wrap over the actual acrylic box to prevent scratches. The organizer arrived in pristine condition, though I still had to disinfect with a little soapy water and let the thing air dry for a couple of hours.

 

The shop also sells beads to help the brushes stand, but I was able to find some marbles and beads stashed somewhere that I was able to wash and dry before dumping into the bottom of the container. (Finished product is the top photo.)

It’s been several months, and I like that all my brushes are in one place AND covered. Next to getting a brush tree, this was the smartest purchase I’ve made for my tools. 🙂 I’ve seen similar products go on flash sale at Shopee, so you can patiently wait it out and earn coins to get a great deal on this!

Althea Bare Essentials

Regular shoppers have their haunts, and I have Althea Korea for my (authentic!) Kbeauty fix. True Story: I was in Korea late last year and got to shop around Myeong-dong, and I was surprised to find that some of the products on my to-buy list were actually cheaper in Althea than in-store. Lesson learned? Don’t forget to canvas! So, yeah, the site is still a go-to for great deals and brands that aren’t locally available.

But it doesn’t stop there. After the successful launch of their first in-house product, the Petal Velvet Powder, and a major site revamp, the big news on the block is the release of Althea Bare Essentials, the brand’s dermatologist-tested 3-step skincare line. Seemingly going against the grain, the Althea skincare range is about minimalism, coming up with products that “give the benefits of the infamous 10-step Korean skincare routine, rolled into 3 quick and easy steps”. Additional steps = Bonus/Optional.

Althea Korea Bare Essentials

Quick Specs: made in Korea

Althea Bare Essentials Contour Cleanser Ingredients: Glycerin,Water,Myristic Acid,Stearic Acid,Potassium Hydroxide,Palmitic Acid,Lauric Acid,PEG-32,Glyceryl Stearate,PEG-100 Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine,Glyceryl Stearate SE,Microcrystalline Cellulose,Zea Mays (Corn) Starch,Lactose,Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Polyquaternium-67,Sodium Chloride,Disodium EDTA,Menthol,Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyquaternium-7,Fructooligosaccharides,Saccharide Hydrolysate,Pullulan,1,2-Hexanediol,Tocopheryl Acetate, Mesembryanthemum Crystallinum Extract,Sodium Benzoate,Sodium Acetate,Butylene Glycol, Lippia Citriodora Leaf Extract,Ethylhexylglycerin,Fragrance

Althea Bare Essentials Primer Water Ingredients: Water,Propanediol,Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone,Alcohol,1,2-Hexanediol,Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract,Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract,Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer,Tromethamine,Betaine,Fructooligosaccharides, Saccharide Hydrolysate,Xanthan Gum,Ethylhexylglycerin,Pullulan,Butylene Glycol,Dipropylene Glycol,Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Saussurea Involucrata Extract,Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract,Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Origanum Vulgare Extract,Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract,Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Sclerotium Gum,Agar,Polysorbate 20,PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil,Fragrance

Althea Bare Essentials Fixer Cream Ingredients: Water,Glycerin,Methylpropanediol,Dimethicone,Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil,Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin),Cyclopentasiloxane,Glyceryl Stearate, 1,2-Hexanediol,Cetearyl Alcohol,Polysorbate 60,PEG-100 Stearate,Cyclohexasiloxane,Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract,Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract,Carbomer,Tromethamine,Polyacrylate-13,Fructooligosaccharides, Saccharide Hydrolysate,Polyisobutene,Propanediol,Ethylhexylglycerin,Pullulan,Disodium EDTA,Polysorbate 20,Butylene Glycol, Sorbitan Isostearate,Trehalose,Sodium Hyaluronate,Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract,Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract,Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract,Adansonia Digitata Seed Extract,Fragrance

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April 2018 Empties

Since I rang in 2018, I’ve been spending more time shopping the beauty stash than shopping for new things. It has a lot to do with a hall closet that turned into a beauty vault during the time of the Great Hoard of 2015-2016. With that said, I’ve been quietly using up what I’ve amassed (for both the full-sized and sample-sized product categories), so expect there to be more empties posts this year.

For the first quarter, here’s the meager spread I’ve started with:

Biore, Bobbi Brown, and Estee Lauder

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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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