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
I mentioned before that I’m legit starting to get into the whole rose skincare trend after reviewing an eye cream. It all fell into place organically. A few weeks after I started using my eye cream, In Her Element Low pH Rose Gel Cleanser (PHP 675) made its debut in a bazaar/fair booth I was helping man. After seeing the tester in action, I purchased mine right away.
In Her Element Rose Gel Cleanser
Quick Specs: 100 ml ; made in the Philippines
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
Read on to see what’s inside the bag…
Korean beauty, more fondly known to beauty junkies as K-beauty, has got me to seriously ponder branding and marketing. What makes you want to buy their products, even the more obscure brands? Is it the cutesy packaging? Celebrity endorsements/blogger raves? A killer name? The look of the contents inside? In my case, Chica Y Chico Killing Star Cleanser (PHP 340 from Althea Korea) attracted me with its badass name, then drew me in with a cleverly crafted infographic.
Chica Y Chico Killing Star Cleanser
Quick Specs: 150 ml ; made in Korea
I’ve got some bad news and some good news. Two weeks ago, my friend V received a text message from Philosophy saying that their last remaining boutique in SM Megamall Mega Fashion Hall is closing its doors for good on the 31st of March this year, so all of their products are on sale until stocks last. Where do we get our fix now??? At least for the Purity Made Simple Cleanser, I seem to have found an excellent alternative. The good news: Here comes Nuxe Reve de Miel Face Cleansing and Make-up Removing Gel (regular price PHP 875).
Nuxe Reve de Miel Makeup Remover and Facial Cleansing Gel
Quick Specs: 200 ml / 6.7 fl. oz. ; made in France ; paraben-free ; 93% ingredients of a natural origin
Reve de Miel Gel Cleanser Ingredients