Funny story about this concealer purchase: I was on vacation when I saw Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer in Light (PHP 399 / USD 9.99) on display. There were so many raves that I just had grab one, even if the price was roughly equivalent to PHP 600. And then, what do ya know, it officially launched in the Philippines two months later and PHP 200 cheaper. So, yeah, the joke’s on me… Is it at least worth the unintentional splurge?
Quick Specs: 6ml / 0.2 fl oz
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 Concealer 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…