I think I’ve figured out my 2017 beauty goal halfway through the year: I’m planning to explore the world of stick concealers! Why cover-up sticks specifically? They are so convenient to tote around that I can see myself popping one or two sticks in my daily makeup bag for a quick round of hide-and-seek with blemishes and dark circles. I’ll start off the collection with Shiseido Perfecting Stick Concealer in 22 Natural Light (PHP 1,350).
Shiseido Perfecting Stick Concealer
Quick Specs: 5 g / 0.17 oz ; made in Japan
How high does concealer rank on your absolute must-haves? It’s right up there on my Top 3, along with lipstick and brow pencil. In fact, that’s one of the first things I started learning to use, because of dark circle issues. And to this day, concealer shopping is a hit or miss, be it drugstore finds or high-end brands. So for today, I’ve got two drugstore-priced Kbeauty ones here to judge: The Saem Cover Perfection Tip Concealer in 1.5 Natural Beige (PHP 320) and The Saem Cover Perfection Pot oncealer in 01 Clear Beige (PHP 180) from Althea Korea.
Quick Specs: Tip Concealer at 3.8 g ; Pot Concealer at 4 g ; made in Korea
There are short trips, and there are long trips. This one went well over a week in a place with bright sunshine and chilly wind, but little humidity. Meaning, we’re not in Kansas anymore. In packing for the trip, I went into full-on survivalist mode with my makeup bag. (As survivalist as a beauty junkie could get, I suppose.) As usual, the goal was to be able to create many different looks with as few pieces as I could manage. Challenge accepted.
*For Part 1 of this two-part post, click HERE.
Here’s the part where my over-packing becomes a little more obvious. In an ideal world, I would be able to get by with one blush, one shadow palette, one eyeliner, two lipsticks, and one lip gloss, but I always want more options! I usually build my travel makeup stash around this one awesome palette that combines neutral/browns and pinks/purples in one compact container. I don’t stray far from these colors, so they’ve always been my go-tos. However, I just felt the summery vibe this time around, so I wanted to come up with gold, bronze, and other tan-flattering choices. Hence…
Trying out new products is loads of fun, but finding keepers is even better. I can finally heave a sigh of relief that there is an expanding list of no-brainer items I’d pick up at the drop of a hat. Several items I got to try last year convinced me to come back for more. They are…