Project Vanity Wanderlust Kit

Confession: I am the girl who over-packs no matter what. When I travel with family, it is to the dismay of my mother to see just how many bath and beauty products I force into a small case. I set a rule for myself that everything has to fit into a pouch or case, but I’m always cramming things in to the point of case deformity. And even in my purse, friends often chuckle over why I insist on bringing enough makeup to do a full face from start to finish. Needless to say, the first thing that usually breaks from may vanity kit is the zipper. lol

When the Project Vanity kits came out, I was thrilled and thought the concept was genius. It’s made for hoarders like me who have a difficult time curating their kikay kit. These themed pouches (and one bag) do the thinking for you. It’s kind of like a subscription box, but with a receptacle you can tote around daily. Here’s what I brought to my vacation that significantly lessened my luggage weight:

The Project Vanity Crossbody Bag

The Project Vanity Crossbody Bag

Read on to see what’s inside the bag…

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Etude House Berry Delicious Precious Mineral Any Cushion

The piece of makeup that probably wound me up the most this year has been the cushion compact. I definitely started as something of a hater, especially after I heard friends complain of how quickly the stuff runs out or dries up. But then again, there is a reason behind the raves. My dismissiveness shifted into curiosity and, inevitably, temptation. So when a press kit containing Etude House Berry Delicious Precious Mineral Any Cushion in Natural Beige (PHP 1,098) came my way, I couldn’t wait to start furiously patting.

Etude House Any Cushion (Berry Delicious)

Quick Specs: 0.52 oz. / 15 g ; made in Korea; SPF 50+ / PA+++

Ingredients

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Belo Intensive Whitening BB Cream SPF 50

How do you unwind at the end of a workday? I’m trying to catch up on my reading, but I usually just end up watching a show instead. It’s probably because I’ve been reading from the computer for most of the day, so I want to make it an effortless experience during the evenings.

Recently, I stumbled upon Impractical Jokers while channel-surfing, and it is hilarious. It’s a reality show about four comedians who challenge each other to say and do inappropriate things to strangers who have no idea that a show is being filmed. Whoever fails the most times to do as he’s told has to play a consequence round at the end of every show. It’s not mind-blowing stuff, but it is a lot of fun to see them flustered.

Speaking of fun, I am seriously enjoying testing out a lot of BB Creams. I’m so used to the thick, moisturizing, almost-gooey type of BB that anything remotely different surprises me to no end. The latest BB cream to take a drastically different turn is Belo Intensive Whitening BB Cream in Medium to Deep (PHP 349.75) that I got from Sample Room.

Belo Intensive White BB Cream

Quick Specs: 50 ml ; made in the Philippines ; paraben-free ; non-comedogenic ; hypoallergenic ; dermatologist tested.

Belo BB Cream Ingredients

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The Face Shop Photo Blur BB Cream

From having iffy combination-dry skin, I learned that I need BB Cream in my life just as much as I do foundation. My skin suffers these seasonal bouts of intense dryness, yet my T-zone remains constantly oily. So when I saw my precious stock of Fairydrops BB Cream go dangerously low (and discontinued locally), I started shopping for a replacement and found The Face Shop Photo Blur BB Cream (PHP 395).

The Face Shop Photo Blur BB Cream

Quick Specs: 40 g / 1.41 oz ; made in Korea; SPF 37 PA ++

Photo Blur BB Ingredients

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K-Palette Zero Tema BB Cream

I was just talking about how blind buying bases can go south quickly, then here I am reviewing K-Palette Zero Tema BB Cream in #2 Natural Beige that I totally blind bought (got it at Luxola for PHP 584 on sale; regular price PHP 777.50). Don’t worry, I haven’t gone mad yet. I did say that sales tend to tempt me into buying, but it doesn’t mean I don’t do the legwork before the purchase. I scoured blog after blog to get an idea of the color, and now it’s time for you to see if the risk was worth it.

K-Palette Zero Tema BB Cream

Ingredients

Quick Specs: 30 g ; made in Japan; SPF 30 PA++

Across the board, I actually like this BB cream, though it isn’t what I initially expected. The aluminum laminated plastic tube is lightweight and sturdy, making it okay to travel with. The formula—and here’s where the surprise comes in—is unlike most BB creams I’ve sampled, in that it looks and feels more like a tinted moisturizer. Zero Tema’s light, non-sticky, semi-matte finish formula spreads easily and gets absorbed by the skin fast, then leaves a sun-kissed, healthy-looking glow in its wake. With that said, 02 Natural Beige is a light-to-medium ochre color that can also work as an instant tan for pale ladies like myself.

The Ochre comes out when compared to other BB Creams from Missha, Etude House, Celeteque, and Fairy Drops

If you’ve noticed, I mentioned above that I consider this BB Cream to be more like a tinted moisturizer, so I find it strange that the packaging would also claim that it is both a makeup base and foundation. While it boasts six amazing properties that a BB cream is typically known for (according to the label: beauty serum, moisturizing properties, sunblock, makeup base, foundation, leaves skin luminous), the coverage is immensely sheer that it leaves me wanting. Blemishes aren’t covered at all, but it does offer slight redness correction. As a makeup base or tinted moisturizer, that can be expected. But as a foundation or BB cream, it’s simply too sheer that it isn’t forgiving on blemishes. The coverage is the polar opposite of K-Palette’s own Zero Kuma Concealer, which is probably why I was caught by surprise at first use. Also relating to its sheerness is how the formula isn’t sweat- or waterproof, so the color tends to come off during hot and humid weather.

Has Semi-matte finish and provides mild skin tone correction

I still like it, because it redeems itself in the end. For days when heavy makeup is a no-no, the breathable formula is a godsend. There may be only two shades available, but it’ll make a good tinted moisturizer dupe (comparable, but certainly cheaper than Laura Mercier’s) if you fall under either 01 Light Beige or 02 Natural Beige.

Verdict: It functions as an effective makeup base with SPF that can slightly even out skintone, but the packaging claims can be a bit of an oversell. I use this alone for days when I don’t want heavy makeup, or I’d utilize the makeup base claim by layering another BB or foundation over. IMHO, Zero Tema BB Cream’s formula is a 97% dupe of Laura Mercier’s famous tinted moisturizer. Just hope you fall under those two shades.