Do you prefer a subtle highlighter, a blingy highlighter, or does it depend on the mood? I did a lot of frenzied buying some years back, but cut the whole thing short after I discovered HG goodness of both TheBalm Mary-lou Manizer and Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector. While I still picked up a couple of compacts here and there—I am partial to powder formulas— nothing major stood out until I swatched the Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Blossom Glow (PHP 349 / USD 4.99) at a mall and went gaga for the intense bling.
Quick Specs: 5.4 g / 0.19 oz ; made in China
Time and time again, I make it a point to drop by the In2It counter at my local drugstore beauty haunt (a.k.a. Watsons). After trying out this affordable Thai brand’s blush, lipstick, powder eyeshadow, and powder foundation, I generally trust their products to be of great quality and the colors to be universally flattering. On my last browsing session, I came across one of their latest offerings, the In2It Sparkling Eyeshadow in SE04 Rose Gold (PHP 299.75).
Quick Specs: 1.8 g ; made in Thailand
I have a bunch of products I’ve saved specifically to use for summer. I guess I do end up changing my lineup per season, but it also serves the purpose of helping me rigorously try out items during the times that they are most needed. And to start off my summer lineup is Catrice Cosmetics Healthy Look Matiffying Powder in 010 Luminous Light (PHP 499)
Catrice Healthy Look Mattifying Powder
Quick Specs: 9 g / 0.31 oz ; made in Poland
Just a quick post today about a great value buy! There was once a discussion among Project Vanity writers about where to score the best cotton pads, and the vote went to the ones being sold at foreign brand budget stores. (You probably know which ones I’m referring to.) I have become accustomed to getting my cotton pad fix from those stores, but the one I frequent hasn’t had them in stock for months now, and my supply was running dangerously low.
Luckily, my prayers were answered when I stumbled upon a throng of people shopping at a Miniso, and my curiosity led me to getting my hoard on, starting withg 180 pieces of Pink Cotton Pads (PHP 99; USD 2)!
Miniso 180-pc Cotton Pads
Quick Specs: made in China
Random Personal Update: I pledged 20 books on Good Reads, and I’ve still got 8 books to go before the end of the year. Still going through a lot of YA thrillers, because that’s often the way to get me to finish a book within 10 days. (Meaning, I elect to lose sleep to go through a page-turner.)
Also, re-watching the entire Harry Potter series in time for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It’s something of a personal tradition that started with every HP book release. Only then, I used to re-read the books. I don’t have the time to do that now, so the condensed 2-hour version should suffice. (BTW, have you guys seen the fanart of the HP-themed shadow palettes? Merlin’s beard, please let them become a reality!)
Buuut, going back to beauty, here are my latest empties. There’s quite a bit of them this time:
Clockwise from Top-Left: Nivea Extra White Firming Body Lotion, The Body Shop Shea Body Butter, Nivea Creme, Zenutrients Rich Cocoa Body Butter