When lockdown started in March, I resolved to use up the skincare and bath products in my stockpile. Of course, another incentive to do so was that online shopping and going out were not options available at the time. So here’s the small progress I’ve made:
The Lotus Jeju Lotus Leaf Revitalizing Cream – This brand produces luxury skincare products that seem to have more presence in the US than in the rest of Asia. I was able to get mine from Althea Korea, luckily. The scent and the packaging are all premium and in-line with obscure luxe beauty brands. Too bad Althea no longer carries their products as I would’ve like to try their other stuff.
Laneige White Dew Original Ampoule Essence – Laneige is one of my HG Kbeauty skincare brands forever, especially when it comes to finding products that are easily compatible with my skin. I used this as my serum step, and I like that this added just the right tangible boost of moisture to precede moisturizer. (Slight tackiness, smoothing effect.) Scent-wise, it’s the typical clean floral fragrance I’ve come to associate with Laneige. Repurchase? Maybe.
Call me Colourpop crazy. I had a casual relationship with this brand when I first started using their Lippie Stix back in 2015. But when I discovered the magic of their eyeshadows last year, I was well and truly hooked. Eye makeup is their jam, so Colourpop BFF Mascara in Blue Ya Mind (USD 8 / PHP 420) sets the bar high for drugstore mascara.
Colourpop BFF Mascara Blue Ya Mind
Quick Specs: 7 g / 0.24 oz ; made in USA
Ingredients: Water, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Cyclopentasiloxane, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Butylene Glycol, VP/VA Copolymer, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, C32-36 Isoalkyl Stearate , Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Acacia Senegal Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Stearyl Behenate, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Octyldodecanol, Panthenol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate, Myristic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Chlorphenesin, Simethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Nylon-6, Polysorbate 60, Methyl Alcohol, Methyl Acetate, Black 2 (CI 77266), Ultramarines (CI 77007).
Admission: Before seeing the promotional pics for the Alexis Ren X Colourpop collab, I had no idea who Alexis Ren was. This is just a testament to my lack of IG guru knowledge. (For that matter, it is a testament to my general lack of influencer “who’s who” knowledge. Sorry! 😦 ) But the teaser photos were enough to pique my interest, especially after seeing the lipstick swatches. A small group of beauty junkie buddies pooled our orders to have the collection shipped to Manila, and now I give you my review for the Alexis Ren X Colourpop Blotted Lip in Lexi (USD 5)
Alexis Ren X Colourpop Blotted Lip in Lexi
Quick Specs: 1 g / 0.035 oz ; made in USA
For a beauty junkie, I am surprisingly stubborn (and unsurprisingly fickle) when it comes to making purchases online. Either the things that make me go “Ooooh!” are lemmings, or I usually just want one item and don’t want to bother looking for cart-fillers to make the minimum on free shipping. (That’s mainly the reason I love consolidating orders with friends.) And so the search for metallic liquid lipsticks was put on-hold indefinitely.
But then I found myself manning the Project Vanity booth in a recent bazaar right next to online seller, Pretty Moody, and there was a lot of chatting and checking out of goods going on. She was able to convince me to buy the Colourpop Ultra Metallic Lip in 3-Way (USD 6; PHP 400) after obsessing over it the whole day (and probably annoying the hell out of the people around me in the process).
Colourpop Ultra Metallic Lip 3Way
Quick Specs: 2.85 g / 0.10 oz ; made in USA
I kind of went a little cray-cray this month (and the last) shopping for makeup that would fit with the weather change. It’s not necessarily gloomy (to represent rainy days) as I prefer to look at it as edgy. One of the shades that instantly stood out to me was Colourpop Lippie Stix in Pitch (USD 5). Not sure if it’s supposed to be grunge, but we’ll see how it works on the most non-grunge person in the world (i.e. me).
Quick Specs: 1.0 g / 0.0352 oz ; made in USA
*Photo from Colourpop website