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
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
I was re-organizing my beauty storage space (a.k.a. plastic drawers in a corner of my room) when I started to take stock of the skincare products I have in my stash. It is an assortment of products from Korea, the USA, and Japan. Notably almost-absent in my collection are Philippine-made products.
Why is that? I guess it’s because I see these imported products that are either attractively presented or aggressively marketed that it’s easy to get caught up in the hype of wanting to purchase those ASAP. But luckily, there are local brands that get with the millennial program by presenting stylishly marketed skincare with impressive formulations. (After fiddling with the testers, you’ll sit up and take notice!) One such product is the In Her Element Rose Gel Serum Moisturizer (PHP 895).
In Her Element Rose Gel Serum Moisturizer
Quick Specs: 30 g ; made in the Philippines
I swear I’m supposed to be on a lipstick ban, but here I go again. Not to sound like a jaded jerk, but after finding that I had over 50 stashed in my lipstick storage, I figured enough is enough. The only way I would want to buy another lippie that I probably won’t finish is if: A) the color/finish is unique; B) a luxe brand goes on super sale; and C) the formula is a winner. It’s the latter for BLK Cosmetics Velvet Lip Cream in Flirty (PHP 299), coupled with the curiosity as to how a super-famous Pinay celeb like Anne Curtis will curate her own makeup line.
BLK Cosmetics Velvet Lip Cream
BLK Cosmetics Flirty
Quick Specs: 3.4 g ; made in Taiwan
Is it me, or is the holiday season slow approaching? I’m surprised that I’m not seeing more festive mall decor, especially in the Philippines where the Christmas enthusiasm is on another level. Then again, there is no shortage of Christmas songs in circulation. I’m only glad that I have yet to hear the medleys.
Anyway, all this talk of yuletide cheer makes me think of, you guessed it, holiday sets! And because I want to make room in my
hoarder’s pile closet for new stuff, I set my mind to proactively finishing up the older items in my stash. These are my current empties:
Clockwise From Top: Nars Deep Throat Blush, L’Occitane Cerisier Princesse Hand Cream, and The Body Shop Olive Body Butter