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
If there’s one thing I dread when it comes to makeup shopping, it’s the tedious task of finding a foundation that works for me. I have combination-dry skin to begin with, so you can imagine the dry patches and the oily areas. Then the whole undertone thing is some serious business. I was only too relieved to find an excellent one in Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 in Sand (USD 50 / PHP 2,900).
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation
Quick Specs: 1 fl. oz. / 30 ml ; made in Japan
Skin Foundation Ingredients
The Philippine election season has heated up in more ways than one! It has been said that the 2016 election has been the most intense in the modern history of the country. So much drama, and it didn’t even end with the debates and the voting. (In case you’re unaware, there was a Twitter hashtag that trended over the last 24 hours. It concerned the candidates and their family members. It may or may not involve controversial NSFW fictional stuff. Oh my.)
But anyway, the mood struck me to do a full face on voting day. Never mind that it was stifling hot and the line was expected to be at least an hour long! lol
Find out what products I used…
This may not be much of a secret to my shopping buddies, but my Christmas wishlists in the last couple of years have always included at least one holiday palette from Bobbi Brown. It is my definition of great value for a high-end brand. From their year-round offerings, you can already find powerfully flattering colors that their well-trained makeup artists recommend to tailor-fit your features and skintone. Now add to that the sensation of the amped up holiday season in the Philippines and the release of a carefully curated palette featuring Bobbi’s Famous Neutrals. Perhaps now you’ll understand why I decided to treat myself to Bobbi Brown Bellini Mini Lip & Eye Palette.
Bobbi Brown Bellini Lip and Eye Palette
So sleek, it reflects the sky
Quick Specs: Regular Eye Shadows at 0.7 g / 0.025 oz each (x3) ; Metallic and Sparkle Eye Shadows at 1.4 g / 0.05 oz each ; Lip Gloss at 4 ml / 0.13 fl. oz. ; shadows made in the USA ; gloss made in Canada ; palette assembled in the USA
Ingredients Part 2
Ingredients Part 3
I’m not yet confident enough to wear smokey eyes regularly. For right now, I am okay with darkened lower lids, but that’s about it. Slowly learning to build it up the dark eyes, though. Hopefully, I can present a smokey look before Christmas? :p
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