Are there moments where you find yourself looking for something different? Something out of the ordinary? In terms of makeup purchases, I satisfy that little “wanderlust” by switching up beauty brands from time to time. Trendy picks are all well and good, but the basics are not to be missed. And what could get more simple and true than the need to have groomed brows at the very least? Enter the Muji Eyebrow Pencil:
Muji Eyebrow Pencil
Quick Specs: made in Japan
While the first quarter of 2017 may be done, I am still sorting through my 2016 holiday haul. Naturally, beauty-loving friends went a little Black Friday gaga and pooled our US purchases for shipping to Manila. The first of my buys making a debut for review here is the Intro to Tarte Deluxe Discovery Set (USD 10). *Note that this is a limited edition set for Black Friday that is no longer being sold, but there are resellers still offering this set.
Tarte Intro to Tarte
Quick Specs: Mascara 4 ml / 0.13 fl oz manufactured in Italy and assembled in Taiwan ; lipstick 1 g / 0.035 oz made in Italy ; blush 1.5 g / 0.05 oz made in China
Summertime! Time to bust out the cushion compacts in an attempt to make my makeup last longer. 😀 And because I want to look fresh and bright without going full-on dewy (pass on the greasy look in the middle of summer), a mattifying cushion compact felt like a safe investment to me. Meet The Face Shop Miracle Finish Oil Control Water Cushion in V103 Pure Beige (PHP 1,095).
The Face Shop Miracle Finish Oil Control Cushion
Quick Specs: 15 g / 0.52oz ; made in Korea
Am I starting a love affair with colorful makeup? Gosh, I hope so! I did experiment with whimsical shades of blue and green a few years ago, but they’re not exactly embraced with open arms in the corporate world. And so I’ve always dubbed them as “editorial colors”. These shades would earn a few stares, and I would get self-conscious. However, the 2010’s make it a-okay to flaunt bold beauty, so I picked up the Zoeva Love is a Story Eyeshadow Palette (PHP 1,106 from Sephora.ph) to have fun with.
Zoeva Love is a Story Palette
Quick Specs: 1.5 g x 10 / 0.05 oz x 10 ; made in Italy
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