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.
I’m always talking about my personal anti-hoarding campaign, but I feel like I’ve actually made a lot of progress this year. I want to free up the linen closet I’ve been using to hold skincare and bath products to hold… well, towels and linen. Out of the three shelves in that closet, I’ve already been able to reclaim one! Now I’ve got a fresh batch of empties and the wish that another shelf will be good to go by the end of the year.
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
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
New year, new resolutions? Just trying to eat better by being partial to higher quality ingredients. I was chatting with my cousin who has lived in Europe for half a decade now, and she’s been emphatic about investing in more wholesome ingredients. (She’s a big Jamie Oliver fan, so basically it’s something along that train of thinking.)
One of the recipes she has recently shared is her chia seed bowl (yogurt, milk, muesli, honey, and chia seeds) and I have been converted by how this super ingredient has positively affected my system. And if you’re wondering where else chia seeds can go, let me introduce you to the Hask Chia Seed Oil Collection for hair care!
Hask Chia Seed Oil
Quick Specs: shampoo and conditioner at 12 fl oz. / 355 ml each ; made in USA
Ingredients — Top: Shampoo; Bottom: Conditioner