Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Foundation

Some months ago, there was a conversation with some beauty community friends about formal event makeup and whether or not hiring a makeup artist was necessary for the ladies who pretty much know their way around a beat face. My thoughts: If I ever got to HD-levels with the help of a couple of workshops or YouTube vids, then why not? Then I’d spring for some holy grail pieces to get the job done.

At the time, the prospect of finding that next-level full coverage foundation seemed like a distant dream. But getting my hands on the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Foundation in 2W0 Warm Vanilla (PHP 2,400 / USD 42) takes the vision closer to reality.

Quick Specs: 30 ml ; made in Belgium; waterproof; oil-free

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MAC Studio Waterweight Foundation

After years of trials and errors in the quest to find my perfect foundation shade match, I found myself equipped once more with enough confidence to broaden my horizons by trying out a different brand. What better than to turn to an industry standard? Hello, MAC Studio Waterweight SPF30 Foundation in NC20 (PHP 2,200 / USD 36).

Quick Specs: 30 ml / 1.0 fl oz ; made in Belgium

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March 2017 Empties

I need to look at my stash once a month to see how many hoarded body and skin care products are still up for use. When I do, it reminds me to go on a temporary ban to finish up what’s left. Yup, it’s because I’m a sucker for sales. *shrugs* But before we get lost in hoarder issues, let’s have a look at what I actually did manage to finish:

Clockwise From Top: Bath and Body Works, Welcos, and l’Occitane

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Maybelline Clearsmooth All in One Powder Foundation

Do you have top buys from each beauty brand? It’s when you have re-purchased the same category from a single brand over and over that you already have that instant association in your head. For example, my top buys are: brow products = K-palette; eyeshadow = Tarte/Bobbi Brown; and pressed face powder = Maybelline. I have consistently been buying powder foundations from them as the quality and value for money are spot-on to me. I recently started using Maybelline Clearsmooth All in One Powder Foundation in 02 Nude Beige (refill compact at PHP 169 SRP), and I’ve already purchased my backup during a sale.


Maybelline Clearsmooth All in One Powder Foundation

Quick Specs: 9 g / 0.32 oz ; made in China



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